Nostalgic topwater lures for any occasion

The Jitterbug is a great lure and one of Mike Roux’s favorites.

My cast was accurate but not perfect. My retrieve would take me over a submerged brush pile about 4 feet beneath the surface in 11 feet of water.  

I like to fish lures that stay in the strike zone for the longest possible time per cast.  

With a great topwater bite in progress, my choice of lures was an old reliable that I have thrown since my childhood.  

My Jitterbug bubbled enticingly over the structure.

As the surface blew up under the lure I was taken back to my youth when my father, Glen Roux, taught me to fish the Jitterbug early and late in the day for smallmouth bass and goggle-eye on Courtois Creek in SE Missouri.  

It was one of his favorite lures as far back as he can remember and remains one my favorites to this day. And for good reason.

My son-in-law, Zeke Cernea, netted my bass and took some photos for me. He also asked if I had an extra Jitterbug since this 6-pounder was the 14th bass I had caught on the lure that morning.  

As I opened my tackle box to get one for him, I gave him a quick lesson on the lure.

In 1930 young fishing enthusiast and lure designer Fred Arbogast founded The Fred Arbogast Company. What had started as his favorite hobby ultimately turned into the focus of a successful business.

There probably is not a bass fisherman alive that has not heard of or fished the famous Jitterbug. The wobbling, bubbling action of this lure produces both feeding and agitation strikes.  

I said earlier that I like a lure that stays in the strike zone a long time. That describes the Jitterbug.  

Unlike a buzzbait, which must be retrieved rapidly to create its action, the Jitterbug produces a very similar action but with a much, much slower retrieve.

Introduced by Fred in 1938, the Jitterbug was an instant success. As soon as this lure hit the water, letters came flooding in to Fred from fishermen throughout the country wanting to praise Fred for this bait and to share the news of the luck they were having with it.

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