The Shallow Runner Bait Buster can be used to imitate a topwater lure, but is much more versatile. With a single upright hook and hook eye at the front of the lure, it can run snag free in foot-deep water, ideal for shallow grass flats at first light.
Although it is a slow-sinking lure, you can walk the dog, twitch it, or wake it along the surface by raising the rod tip. However, it also excels when retrieved just beneath the surface. Cast it upstream of the target area, allow it to sink for a couple of seconds, and retrieve it slowly and steadily or with a slight twitching motion. The key is to retrieve it at the right speed; too slow, and the tail doesn’t wiggle. Too fast, it breaks the surface. When that happens, hesitate the retrieve a couple of seconds, letting it sink. That hesitation often triggers a strike. Otherwise, continue the retrieve.
At just the right speed, the tail wiggles enticingly as the lure runs just beneath the surface—shallow enough that you can watch fish strike. It’s perfect for those days when fish refuse to break the surface to eat a lure. And if you miss a strike at the surface, the Shallow Runner Bait Buster gives you the option of letting it sink like a stunned bait fish. This frequently entices a second strike deeper in the water column. The sharp, thin-wire hook makes setting the hook on giant spotted seatrout and snook easy, but is less damaging to fish than lures with multiple treble hooks.