Popping for Dorado January 22, 2013 by The Kingfisher Leave a reply 16pxPopping for DoradoAlthough Dorado aren&rsquot the smartest fish in the ocean, at times they can be quite challenging to fool. And while we&rsquove been catching these high-flying game fish for years, at the same time they have been catching on to us. While you&rsquove certainly encountered frenzied Dorado literally begging to be caught, you&rsquove surely encountered packs of schoolies swimming circles around your boat clearly bored with your typical offerings. It&rsquos times like these that make anglers look for new ways to fool finicky fish, with unconventional tactics often required to coax these green gamesters to feed.Witnessing a big fish crush a lure or bait on the surface is the epitome of sport fishing. Witnessing aggressive game fish at the point of impact is unbelievably exciting.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/Pop-Goes-The-Pelagic-2.jpg width588px height392pxPopping! Those willing to think outside the box and rip an oversized popper across the surface have begun to realize their effectiveness with seemingly uninterested Dorado.If you&rsquore serious about popper fishing than you will need a rod and reel outfit that&rsquos suited for the challenge. Chugging style poppers with cupped faces are designed to push a lot of water while simultaneously creating unmistakable surface commotion. To achieve this deadly action you&rsquoll need a specialized rod that features the perfect blend of power and action. Most popping rods are between 7 and 8 feet, although you can get away with a short jigging rod to save costs with one multi-purpose outfit. No matter what rod you select you&rsquoll need a high-quality reel that&rsquos capable of applying some serious drag. It will also be in your favour to spool with braided line. The lack of stretch will help you get the most from your popper.We suggest the following outfits to fit a range of budgets:Low range budget Rod – Daiwa MEGAFORCE 902R469, Reel – Daiwa BG60R998-00, Line – BullybraidR378-00 Total:R1845-00Medium range budgetRod – The Poseidon 8&rsquo plugging Rod R935-00 , Reel &ndash Daiwa Saltist 6500R2485-00, Line – Gator braid 95lbR498-00Total:R3919-00High range budgetRod- Daiwa Saltiga 8&rsquo6&rdquo Rod R3245-00, Reel – Saltiga 6000GTR10050-00, Line – Saltiga boat braid 80lbR749-00Total:R14044-00Poppers We suggest the Kingfisher WildDog range of lures. Kingfisher WildDog fishing lures are designed to produce the most exciting, surface-shattering top-water strikes fishing has to offer. The explosive top-water action is irresistible to all species of saltwater fish including Dorado. The lure&rsquos distinctive &ldquoinjured fish&rdquo action partnered with its life-like appearance is designed to activate the fishes&rsquo predatory instinct. Fishing with WildDog Series baits will produce a truly heart-pounding experience. &lsquoWalk the dog&rsquo with slow twitches or &lsquoSkid the surface&rsquo with a fast retrieve. They come in a wide range of styles and colours.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/wildog-highlight-banner-add.jpg width height378pxYou may be under the impression that the only time to toss a popper is when you are drifting dead in the water, however this is simply not the case. Whether you&rsquore trolling a colour line or chunking in the vicinity of floating debris, it&rsquos always a good time to work a lure across the surface. Let&rsquos say you are trolling and intercept cruising game fish. Your live baits are digging on the surface and now you&rsquore simply waiting for a strike. Grab your popping rod and make a few exploratory casts. Who knows what you might entice with the loud splashing and popping. Even if you don&rsquot hook a fish on the popper you&rsquoll create enough commotion to invite fish.Because Dorado can be a bit wacky in their ways you need to vary your retrieve until you trigger a strike. The type and style popper&mdashas well as the prevalent sea conditions&mdashwill also influence your retrieve. Chugging poppers with large, cupped faces are designed to create a big splash and a dramatic sweeping tug will impart the greatest action. Pencil poppers don&rsquot necessarily chug and splash like a cup faced lure, although they certainly create irresistible surface action. When working a pencil popper you should hold the rod tip high and simply crank as fast as you can. Throw in some occasional pauses if nothing else seems to work.Maybe you aren&rsquot a fan of live baiting and trolling artificials is more up your alley. While working a colour line or scum line, have an angler in the bow continually casting and working a popper. While cruising along the edge he&rsquoll have the first shot at fishy flotsam. Dipping and diving birds are also a dead giveaway. Anytime you see the slightest surface commotion toss a popper and see what happens.https://kingfisher.co.za/ckfinder/userfiles/images/Untitled-1.jpg width592px height336pxBecause poppers are designed to create a disturbance as they pop and chug on the surface there&rsquos one thing you can do to work your poppers more efficiently. This holds especially true when popping on the troll and you&rsquore required to compensate for the forward motion of the boat. When you make a cast engage the reel just before your lure hits the surface. This will take some of the slack out of your line, so the moment your popper hits the surface it will be ready for action. If you wait for the lure to hit the water before you engage the reel you will have to retrieve the slack before your lure will pop. The longer you wait the more slack you will have to gain and the longer it will take for your energy to be transferred to the lure.Available in a plethora of sizes, colors and species specific imitations, poppers are quickly becoming another go-to option for anglers targeting surface feeding Dorado. Broadcasting an irresistible splash and vibration, poppers have the uncanny ability to entice fish to strike. Whether you&rsquore a believer or not, try connecting on plastic for a fun and exciting alternative.