River2Sea Whopper Plopper
Designed by legendary angler and TV personality, Larry Dahlberg, the River2Sea Whopper Plopper delivers a sputtering topwater disruption that is begging to be crushed. Well-known for its ability to catch, Dahlberg and the folks at River2Sea originally created the Whopper Plopper for musky, but once largemouth and smallmouth started crushing, it was altered to meet the needs of bass anglers.
Whether you crawl it super slow, so you can't even hear the tail, just the tiny glass beads sizzling inside its body, or you speed it up so it throws water like a swamp buggy with the same deep, hollow whopper-plopping-fish-catching sound as the original, the Whopper Plopper gets bit. It still casts a mile, and its ability to work at the widest possible range of speeds, makes it a great tool for honing in on the most productive speeds and rhythms for that particular day. Available in a variety of colors, the River2Sea Whopper Plopper's tail is also perfectly tuned right out of the box - so it stays flexible and working properly forever.
|Whopper Plopper 130||5"||1-3/8oz||Topwater||#2|
|Whopper Plopper 190||7-1/2"||2-3/4oz||Topwater||#5/0|
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Comments: This is a killer topwater bait in the spring and summer. I have not had a problem with the hooks or the paint. It's a little pricey but isn't everything these days?
From: Felipe: NJ2/7/17
Comments: I religiously threw the 90 in the perch color last all fall and still cant believe I never got one smallie to hit it. I just watched Chris Lane tear them up on Lake Of Ozarks this past weekend on MLF with (i think the 130 size) in bone color. Definitely going to get one of those and see if it doesnt make a difference in 2017. The action on this bait is too good to not be productive on my lake, especially in the Fall.
From: Big J: Western NY 2/6/17
From: Nathan I: Bradenton, Florida 1/5/17
Comments: This bait has been amazing. Throwing side by side with my fishing partner, (I was using the Whopper Plopper, he was using a Jitterbug) I was continuously catching fish while the smallmouth paid little attention his bait. When a fish hit this, it was hooked. I missed only one fish while using this in Canada. The hooks are extremely "sticky" & it's a blast to use. I'm looking forward to trying the 130 on Hybrid Stripers this fall!
From: Jim: OH 10/2/16
Comments: Do yourself a favor and use a snap swivel with this lure if you're fishing it on mono. When retrieved quickly, it's body will roll occasionally and cause line twist. Experiment with your retrieves to see what the fish want. It's a nice lure that will draw slurps to ferocious attacks.
From: Fishthefox: IL 9/21/16
Comments: Great bait! have caught multiply species in this lure including gar, bass, perch and almost a alligator! Great buy. highly recommend
From: Jace: USA 9/14/16
Comments: I just returned from a fishing trip to Canada & can't say enough good about the Whopper Plopper! I threw it at the same time that my fishing buddy was throwing other topwater baits & I was catching smallmouth when he wasn't getting any interest in his at all. Fantastic!
From: Jim: Lucasville, OH 9/10/16
Comments: Amazing Lure - Started small with the 90 in Perch and fished it a lot this summer, caught many 1-2lb large mouth. Small works well in fairly calm water - then as fall starts rolling in one evening I hooked in a 5lb green back (Big for NH)- landed it for my PB- Stoked right! So my fishing partner starts throwing one too and lands a couple when nothing else is hitting. - He says let's upgrade to the larger size - We get 3 in the 130 and start throwing 'em. I commit hard the first day with it - throwing it everywhere except heavy veg. I get a 3, he gets a 3, he gets another 4. I lose a 3. At this point I'm like hell yes and staying hard with the the "I Know It 130." Getting into the evening and we are coming around the island - he throws it way up close to shore and snags a log so I toss one out in front of us while he's shaking trying to pop it off, plopping along and a then BAM! White frothy explosion in front of the boat. I set it hard - we're hooked up folks, it's pulling hard and I'm calling for the net. This thing is ripping on it and 30 seconds later I've got a 6.2lb bass all up in the net. HELL YES. New PB. Thanks River to Sea! P.S. I go out the next night by myself because I have this deep urge to keep throwing it and 5th cast I got another slashing ruckus right in front of me 4.6lbs of ferocious large mouth. You can bet I'll be throwing it all evening again.
Rigging info: I'm throwing this on straight 65lb braid with a 7' Heavy rod. Lure weight is 1 3/8 oz. which is significant - but can cast it a long way in any wind and it works great in a light chop too!
From: Jordan: NH 9/6/16
Comments: This bait is a must have! If you don't have one do yourself a favor & pick one up. Yes they are $20 but the memories and fish you will get will be well worth it. I throw the 130 size in loon. My favorite moment with mine was when I caught a five pounder then next cast out, caught my 7.3lber (my pb) on it! Hooks hold up good, but when they dull or bend, I have to recommend the Trokar heavy wire trebbles. As they are the strongest I've used. This bait throws good on a medium heavy rod and catches all kind of fish, so don't be afraid to go with the big size. Great job Rive2sea, the whopper plopper is the best topwater lure hands down!
From: Jake: MO 8/15/16
Comments: this is the best top water bait on the market. Went the other day and between me & my brother caught 20 plus small mouths.
From: Joe: Bristol, IN 8/12/16
Comments: I got the whopper plopper a while ago & used it at my friends lake. I only used it. Caught around 11 bass. They are amazing around lily pads. Besides when it gets stuck on them. I ordered the 3.5 inch & thought it wasnt going to work. But it worked 100% woulf recommend it to anyone who cant catch alot of bass. Love the product. 9.9/10. The only think that isnt really a matter to me is that the sound it makes if grass or whatevrr get in it. It stops and is a tad bit of struggle to get it out. Besides that its the best lure i have used!
From: Logan: 8/7/16
Comments: This bait gets fish where other topwaters won't & the colors really cant be beat. This is a true match the hatch lure that will tap you into bigger fish pretty much wherever you chuck it. Now lets see a rainbow trout #190! If they dont make it they need to It would slay giants.
From: Joe: Montague, CA 8/4/16
Comments: Don't forget the 190 size plopper. This is a true beast slayer. Fish this in rough chop or fast current for some serious fun. Night fishing is ok with a slow "putt, putt" retrieve. Braid or heavy mono throw this bait to the moon. All of the River2Sea Whopper Ploppers are productive, but the 190's are for the Goliaths. Rod Up & Tight Lines!
From: Carl: Georgetown, GA 7/29/16
Comments: This lure slays! The stock hooks are sticky sharp & bass can't come off.
From: Max: Weston, FL 7/28/16
Comments: I bought two in 130 size. It cast a mile. It sounds & feels like i am pulling a jet ski through the water & fish hammer it. It's a great bait & one of the few i can say man am i glad i bought them. I have not had any issues other then grass/weed's getting stuck in its prop making it the whole bait spin, use a swivel like others have stated too. I will be buying & trying other colors.
From: Waynorth: MI 7/26/16
Comments: Excellent top water bait. I have every 90 & 130 that's is made & they have all produced. I have my favorites (Pac Man & Rainbow Trout). I fish the Susquehanna river around the Harrisburg area for Smallmouth & they cannot resist these baits. I would recommend these to everyone. One downfall is the split rings and the hooks. You must replace these before using them in my opinion.
From: Larry: Lewisberry, PA 7/26/16
Comments: If you are fishing a farm, neighborhood, or golf course pond, this lure is a must have. The action is like nothing else available and it catches fish like no other top water lure can. I use the Loon color in size 90 at dawn and dusk and the results have been amazing.
From: Tyler: PA 7/6/16
Comments: Something to be aware of. If you let the lure sit after the cast or during the retrieve it starts to sink. It sinks tail first. I tried smaller hooks but it still sank. Tried it with no tail hook & it floated. Just something to be aware of if fishing around vegetation. This happened with the smaller size.
From: Mike: TX 6/29/16
Comments: Great bait, caught a lot bass boat with it. Big recommend is to get 30 lb braided line the bass hit so hard don't want to lose other bait.
From: James: IN 6/2/16
Comments: This is an amazing lure crushed big large mouth at guntersville with it this weekend but also got one of the hooks deep in my finger so it definatley comes with very sharp hook all around a great bait
From: Brandon: Chattanooga, TN 5/31/16
Comments: This bait is awesome & very unique & not just another frog or rat lure. I replace the stock hooks with Owner ST36s. The only bad thing I noticed is the rear treble will occasionally get caught on the tail & cause the whole lure to spin but its not that big of a deal. My first bass on the 130 Perch color was a 5-4! I will have one tied on all summer & fall.
From: Bassmaster: VA 5/29/16
Comments: Got the 130 size in Perch & finally used it yesterday evening. I caught 2 fish right before dark & lost a couple others. Not because of the lure, they were just short striking. Like any other top-water bait with treble hooks you cannot fish it in grass or other cover. The action & noise the WP makes is like no other lure on the market & as the ad says you can cast it a mile. The one issue I have with it is the rear hook will make contact with the prop stopping it, which makes the entire lure spin causing your line to twist up really bad. So, I suggest placing a swivel at the line tie to prevent line twist when it does foul up.
From: ED: Bastop, TX 5/17/16
Comments: I got the 90 in my Mystery Tackle Box. Took it out to my local river & absolutely crushed smallmouth with it. They just couldn't resist! The option to retrieve at any speed great. Probably one of the funnest lures to fish! Buy one or 10!
From: Brett: MI 5/12/16
Comments: I have had this bait for awhile and I've only had one problem with one, the wire where the tail spins on was bent. After I bent that straight it worked perfect. Great hooks, great action, great buy.
From: Alex: NC 5/10/16
Comments: Got the 90 version of Blue Blood in my Mystery Tackle Box & I am very impressed. the first time i used this i caught 10 bass in less than an hour. I would definitley recommend this for pond fisherman.
From: Cal: VA 5/1/16
Comments: I got the 90 version of this and was so excited to get fishing with it. on the 3rd cast i noticed that the action was weird so i figured it was tangled. when i reeled it in i realized that the tail had broken off. the lure never even hit anything. Couldn't be more dissapointed
From: Steve: Holland, MI 3/28/16
Comments: great idea, but I expect better hooks for a lure this expensive. you must replace the hooks ASAP. i used two them in a tournament this week. first bite i had broke a hook, second bite bent a hook wide open and a one pounder came off at the boat. love the noise and action this bait has but i will be changing all the hooks.
From: Adam: FL 10/24/15
Comments: I purchased the 90 size in the Rat Ta Tat color. I was a little hesitant at first to spend 13 bucks on it, but boy is it worth it. The tail turns fast even at slow speeds, and it leaves a nice trail of bubbles and has a unique sound. It casts far for only weighing 3/8 ounces too. I couldn't keep the fish off of it the morning I tried it out. I will say this though, it's action is top notch but even a little bit of grass or weeds getting caught on the hooks or tail can throw the action off completely. It's best for fishing on the edge of cover, not in it. I also noticed that at high speeds the entire lure started to slowly spin as the speed of the tail increased. Not a huge problem unless you plan to burn it back to the boat on a 7.1:1 reel. Overall a great lure, and my new favorite top water bait.
From: Ryan: MA 10/12/15
Comments: I got my whopper plopper in the 90 perch color today and took it out for the first time today. I started the day using a spook and stirred up a few largemouth but nothing huge. Pulled out the whopper plopper and was amazed how easy it was to work and was so versatile, i could walk it, chug it, burn it in or slow retrieve it. The first 5 casts i pulled in 6 fish. Yes 6. I got two largemouth on one cast, the dual trebble hook design hooked them both and this thing stood up to two 2 pound bass fighting for it. Extremely impressed to the point I'm gonna restock on a few more colors. Highly suggest this lure!
From: Rick: Otisville, NY 8/27/15
Comments: Best top water bait ever. I use a lot of buzz baits & this is by far much better. You can slow retrieve or burn them and they plop either way really nice and they float. Not sinking like a buzzbait. Impressed with these baits. Blueblood & bone are the ones to get...
From: Steve: Third Wheel, TN 8/25/15
Comments: I got a 130 and hadn't been fishing it, I knew the 90 worked so I just used it, but yesterday I decided I'd give the 130 a shot, in the first hour of using it on the ca delta I had got a 7.2 pounder and a 5.8 pounder. I recommend these baits to everyone.
From: Drake: Danville, CA 8/2/15
Comments: Took it out a few days ago for the first time. I was impressed! The sound this thing puts out is definitely in its own world! So versatile! Will be adding a few more colors. Bought two.
From: Keith: USA 7/22/15
Comments: Love this lure! Out fished a buzz bait by 3 to 1 & all were larger fish. Gotta get a few more.
From: David: Eureka, MO 7/10/15
Comments: Got a 90 in perch pattern. Caught 40+ 2-4lb smallmouths on it on first try. My fishing partner couldn't get bit on a buzzbait, horny toad or popper. Whopper plopper was the only thing they'd bite. He now owns two :-)
From: David: Boise, ID 6/3/15
Comments: Threw the 130 Yellow Head over Memorial Day weekend & caught them all day. Bass of all sizes hit the 130 size and they have no problem hitting it. One downside I've found, is that they either need to make a medium (110) size, or downsize the hooks on the 130. I noticed that most of the time, this thing is attacked from the front, and when that happens, the smaller bass were accidentally getting the bottom treble in either the gut or gill. None bled, but I definitely pulled the hooks out of the body/stomach more than a few times. I don't know if it's a design issue or not, but I will be swapping out trebles and buying a 90 Size to see if that fixes the issue. Overall, Great Bait! Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
From: Sam: MO 5/25/15
Comments: I got the 90 size and this is a great lure for big bass. Something different then your standard buzz bait that the fish havent seen before and the best part is it floats so you can change it up mid retrieve. The only problem I have with this lure is I bought 2 in the perch pattern which has these bigger really nice O-rings. I also bought 2 in the Rat color and the O-rings were the cheapest weakest Ive ever seen. Unfortantly I lost a 4 pounder that ripped the hook off before I realized so make sure you check the O-rings and replace as needed. Don't understand how the same lure comes with different size o-rings.
From: Jim: Saint Cloud, MN 5/21/15
Comments: When I throw the 130 & slow it down to a slow chug It gets destroyed from 10 inch spots to 6 lb blacks. Awesome bait
From: Cecil: CA 5/14/15
Comments: got two 130 and a 90 haven't thrown the 90 yet but I throw the 130 morning day and night & they get smacked, love the ploppers who ever gave this bait a bad review is on drugs..
From: Jeff: Taylor, CA 4/30/15
Comments: River2Sea needs to make a 110 size. 3/4 oz. They are failing on size on an awesome bait. The 90 is ok, 130 is to big.
From: Jason: CT 12/23/14
Comments: I like the 90. You can fish it like a popper and it makes a very unique hollow Rico-like sound, but it's heavier than a popper so it casts easier. I like this bait, so do the fish.
From: Brian: Los Gatos, CA 12/15/14
Comments: Bought a 90 and a 130. First time out with each I caught fish. The 90 gets more bites and basically takes the place of an open water buzzbait pattern. Used a short jerk a time or two as soon as it lands close to cover, then buzz it back to the boat. The 130 is EXTREMELY loud on the steady retrieve. Fish catchin baits!
From: Dave: Charlotte, NC 10/21/14
Comments: Today I took a friend from Atlanta Ga out to California delta for his first fishing trip in delta. He landed two good sized striped bass on bone colored Whopper Plopper (WP), lost 2 strippers during his retrieve and missed 4 hook ups (too excited) after having never seen one let alone used one before. Needless to say he is now looking to buy his own WP to use back home. They work to pull stripped bass and large mouth to the surface. Forget naysayer comments.
From: Percy: Elk Grove, CA 10/14/14
Comments: I got 4 130's last week. I don't know why people put this bait down. Less than 1 week of throwing this bait every evening at my home lake I caught my best fish of the year 5lb. 7oz. and coming from delaware that is a big deal. I just ordered 3 of the 90's cant wait to get them in a couple days. This should let the 1-2 lbers in on the action. This is by far the best topwater bait I have used next to a Ramba. Do not miss the boat. I have fished 37 years and he been in a club for 25 years. Your loss if you don't tie one on ( I was not paid or compensated to write this post)
From: Dion: Wilm, DE 10/8/14
Comments: Well I have 4 and all float. Both sizes and I have no issues with them. Even hit one on a rock casting and it didn't crack. If they sank why didn't you return them? For those who want a real review these have their place. Just got 2 of the 90's and the first fish on it was a nice 4lber. Great bait if you are looking to show them something different.
From: William: Long Beach, CA 9/29/14
Comments: Capt. Andy I own 2 of the 130's and 4 of my fishing partners own 2 each. Both of mine still float like a bobber after 2 years of fishing with them. There is a whopper plopper tied on at all times. I have never had a problem with either one. River2sea knocked it out of the park with this one
From: Dan: NH 9/24/14
Comments: I bought 2 whopper ploppers before I took a trip to Lake Champlain. A lake I grew up fishing and know well. I couldn't get a single bite on this bait. Not from a largemouth, smallmouth or pike. Both of them sank like a rock, took 20 feet of reeling to rise to the surface and never got even a swirl, morning noon or after dark. The bass on lake Champlain are pretty topwater friendly, especially after dark. While buzzbaits, spooks and frogs all got eaten the whopper ploppers never got a sniff. I'd be willing to bet all those reviews are fabricated. I called and e-mailed river2sea and never got a response. Only because these are advertised as floating baits. As you can imagine, its tough to get a bait that weighs 1 3/8oz that sinks to perform as a topwater.
From: Capt. Andy Putetti: Islamorada, FL 8/16/14
Comments: This bait us the best I throw it in Tilley pockets and I get rocked by large mouth. I love this bait thanks R2S.
From: Shad: Concord, CA 3/13/14
Comments: This bait is one of the best topwater baits out on the market. I am from IL and let me tell you, size doesn't matter. This lure is large but it catches fish. I have caught large bass with this lure. Excellent dusk/dawn lure. Loon color is the top producer.
From: Nathan: Moline, IL
Comments: This is a great idea it just needs to be scaled down a little more. I would like to know what kinda of set up people are thowing this with. Thanks
Comments: It casts too far and is too noisy and splashes too much water. Scares all the small fish away! Don't buy it. :))
From: D: MN
Comments: This lure is the best topwater lure I have ever used, and I've used just about all of them. I catch the biggest smallies on this, and an occasional musky. I did have a musky rip off one of the hooks from a treble but luckily he had the other two buried in his mouth as well! I have yet to take this on a largemouth lake and test it because I live near a world class smallmouth lake and have a hard time leaving it when I get as much topwater action as I do throughout the year with this bait, thanks river2sea!
From: Justin: Northern WI
Comments: First off I love this lure! It catches large mouth bass pretty good,Thumbs up for just a great design!! But its just to big for small mouth bass fishing, As I miss 90% of my bites. As they just cant get a good hold on it. I really wish it was smaller say 3 1/2" to 4" would make it one of the best top water baits ever.So i'm putting this one on on the top of my wish list!!
From: Robert: Russell Springs KY
Comments: I don't always write reviews unless I feel that my review is going to help others. First off, I was very skeptical about this bait since it work almost as buzz bait but boy was I wrong. This bait does a lot that a buzz bait can not do. It can float which is very useful when you want to stop-go method. When you stop this bait, it would sit upright which works very good when setting the hook. You can walk the dog with this bait and still splashing tons of water to get notice. I bought this bait on a local bass shop because they got the color that i feel more comfortable throwing with. Works very good early in the morning when the water is calm. I love this bait. You gotta have it in your boat.
From: Brian: CA
Comments: I fish the Susquehanna river in PA for smallmouth and musky and I have a few of the big ones that work and one nite I caught a 5 pound smallie on the big one so I got acouple of the small ones and I throw them rite before dark and kill smallies on them id rock some wire though cause the small one gets attention of muskies too...great plug you can bend the tail and it goes rite back to place....practice catch and release the fish will thank you so will the anglers.
From: Tyler: susquehanna river,PA
Comments: Just caught my first 7lbs 24 inches large mouth bass with the whopper plopper 130. It made my day
From: Zack: Stockton, CA
Comments: Just like my fellow windy city boys have said it, This lure rocks.
From: Ryan: Chitown, IL
Comments: I tried this lure for the first time today and caught a nice shoal bass in the river. I hit a bunch of rocks with it, and have not caused any damage to it so far. It casts a mile. I am going to catch a lot of fish with this lure.
From: Adam: Atlanta, GA
Comments: great lure cought muskie,pike,bass,pickerel,and be leave it or not but even a wallie
Comments: Guess what boys? The little version catches muskies too. I have got to stop buying lures for my pops. I gave him one of these in munky butt and he goes and catches a 53 inch muskie with it. From now on he's only getting golf equipment for Christmas.
From: Big J: Houston, TX
Comments: I've been bass fishing for a long long time and I'll tell you what this is hands down the best top water bait I have ever thrown. This bait will put you on the hot seat. I have never heard such a gurgle come from a bait and you can work it at all speeds and stands straight up on pause. I will have a couple of each in this bait in case I break off because the fish do explode like no other on this bait. River 2 sea you nailed it. The only one thing I would do to this bait is change the hooks to a 2x strong because they will bend out with the violent strikes this bait gets.
From: Troy: Auburn, CA
Comments: I brought the chubby color up to the Wolf River in WI and got 11 pike and a 5lb Lg Mouth on the first afternoon fishing it. This is a "must have" bait.
From: Brandon: Antioch, IL
Comments: Finally got this bait in the loon color, it was on back order forever but glad it arrived. cant wait to throw this once it warms up. have this bait in bone color also and it has great action and its gonna be a killer topwater bait for sure.
From: Matt: IL
Comments: I threw this Monday and was anticipating an explosion on every cast. Great noise, fishing it fast or slow, simply awesome.......Plop Plop Plop.....Boom!
From: Nate: Edmond, OK
Comments: I bought this recently and it is amazing. It makes incredible noise and it works at high and low speeds. If you like buzz baits, this will surely impress you. Buy with confidence.
From: Thomas: Columbia, SC
Comments: This bait looks like its gonna be killer. that loon color looks amazing and cant wait till it gets shipped out when there back in stock!
Comments: I would love to get these in the big size too!
From: Big j: Houston, TX
Comments: yes!!! I have been waiting for these since icast,I have this lure made by joe bucher (a musky size lure) and bass still clobber this thing and love to tear it up on the surfacee.now that somebody makes one specific for bass,I am way excited to get n use these for so awesome topwater fun.and to see it in loon is even better,cause the musky lure I have is in loon also and knowing what bass do to these type of lures already in that color,its going to be great.get yourself some of these lures they r one of a kind and make a sound no other lure/topwater bait makes,its loud and calls up the big ladies of the lake....ploop,ploop,ploop.
From: Steveo: windycity