Major League Fishing Pro Andy Montgomery shows off his complete rod, reel and line setup when fishing topwater buzzbaits and poppers.
Andy Montgomery loves to fish poppers and buzzbaits and walks through his preferred setups for each bait.
Most people do not fish fluorocarbon with topwater baits because it sinks. Andy points out that it’s irrelevant on a buzzbait since you are constantly retrieving the bait during a cast. Braid has no stretch while monofilament has too much stretch, making it difficult to get a solid hookset. This is why he prefers fluorocarbon, because the stretch is not too much or too little. Strike King 20lb Contra Fluorocarbon line is what he uses for all of his buzzbaits. For the rod, he likes to use the Lew’s Signature Series Bladed Jig Rod. “This rod has a 70-30 action, which means it has plenty of backbone but enough tip so that I can make longs casts and allow the fish to eat it a little bit. I still have enough backbone to get the fish in” explains Andy.