Best Topwater Fishing Rods

The right line, rod and reel for surface fishing will not only make the experience easier and more fun, but it will be more productive, too. Of the three basic line types for bass fishing, one sinks (fluorocarbon) and another is highly visible (braid). That leaves monofilament as Zell Rowland’s line of choice for almost all floating topwater baits. Notice that “floating” does not equal “topwater.” There are plenty of “topwater” baits out there that don’t float — most notably buzzbaits. For those, he opts for braid or even fluorocarbon depending on cover and water conditions.

Featured Rod: 6'8" Zell Rowland Topwater Rod

This 6’8″ topwater rod was designed by Zell Rowland to throw almost any topwater bait. “If you’re looking for the greatest topwater angler of all time, look no further than Zell Rowland; just ask Rick Clunn, Roland Martin, Bill Dance, Denny Brauer and Kevin VanDam — they all said the same thing” (quote from Ken Duke of Bassmaster)

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