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A propbait, short for propeller bait, is a type of fishing lure designed to imitate the appearance and behavior of injured baitfish or other prey species. Propbaits feature one or more propellers mounted on the lure's body, which spin and create surface disturbance when retrieved through the water. This action mimics the splashing and commotion caused by struggling baitfish, making propbaits highly effective for attracting predatory fish, particularly those that feed near the surface. Propbaits are versatile lures that can be used in both freshwater and saltwater fishing for a wide range of fish species, including bass, pike, muskellunge, trout, and various saltwater gamefish. They are particularly effective for targeting fish that feed near the surface, such as bass and panfish, as well as for triggering aggressive strikes from predatory fish in shallow water or around cover and structure. When fishing with propbaits, anglers can vary the retrieve speed and cadence to create different surface disturbances and trigger strikes from fish. Twitching, jerking, or pausing the lure can imitate the erratic movement of injured prey and entice fish to strike. Propbaits are popular among anglers for their exciting topwater action and ability to produce explosive strikes from predatory fish.

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