Build Your Own Whopper Plopper Fishing Rod

Whopper Ploppers, MHX Rods, and custom rod building, oh my… Revisit this episode of Mud Hole’s Facebook Live for a whoppin’ topic that you won’t want to miss!


Rod Building for the Popular Whopper Plopper Lure

This Mud Hole Facebook Live tackles everything from lures and rods, to what’s next for your rod build once you’ve picked a lure. Optimizing a custom fishing rod based on your target lure is the best way to get the ultimate fishing performance and experience.

Check out more of Mud Hole Live!

Answering a Rod Builder’s Biggest Question


Since the dawn of rod building, a common question has lingered among anglers and finally, Mud Hole After Hours has reached a conclusion.

In rod building, what comes first, the lure or the rod?

Although debated for decades, Mud Hole After Hours tackles this question to reveal why lures should always come first in custom rod building.


See Mud Hole After Hours to learn why:

Watch more Mud Hole Custom Tackle videos here!

How Rod Building Can Improve Lure Performance

When it comes to fishing the whopper plopper, it’s crucial to build the rod on a blank that can best handle this mighty monster catcher. Incredibly popular for catching big fish, the whopper plopper recently took the lure market by storm.

Weighing in at 1 and 3/8 oz, the size 130 whopper plopper takes a balance of action, power, and length, that only custom rod building can bring.

So, ask yourself, how am I going to fish my whopper plopper?

Most anglers will chuck this topwater bait as far as possible, but then their retrieve techniques may vary. For instance, some popular retrieves for the whopper plopper are to wind it in or a switch between stopping and winding it back.

Although both retrieves will catch big results, thinking about the details of fishing your whopper plopper helps methodically build the highest performing rod. After thinking about how you’re going to fish the whopper plopper, you can then assess the appropriate action, power, and length for your custom rod.

The technique behind the whopper plopper doesn’t exactly demand a certain action, however, this big fish bait’s treble hooks do. To avoid ripping the lure away and ruining the hookset, a fast to moderate-fast action works best to keep those big fish buttoned up.

Considering the weight of the whopper plopper and the size of the fish it hooks, you need a blank powerful enough to match. Heavy to extra-heavy blanks are perfect for fishing the whopper plopper because these powers give you the boost in strength to both throw this lure and then easily wrestle the pinned down giant back to the boat.

And since the goal is to cast this lure a country mile, the length of the blank should probably be over the 7-foot mark at least. Whether choosing a blank that’s 7’3”, 7’4”, or 7’6”, these are the most efficient blank lengths for casting a whopper plopper as far as possible.

Now knowing what it takes to fish the whopper plopper, the best blank for the job is the FP885-MHX Rod Blank.

Maximizing fishing performance, efficiency, and experience, building a custom rod to fit your favorite lure is the secret to dominating your competition.

Whether fishing a whopper plopper, crankbait, trick worm, or anything in between, Mud Hole Custom Tackle has the all the blanks, components, and knowledge to help you build the best rod!

//content.osgnetworks.tv/infisherman/content/photos/Shop-John-Cox-FP885-Now.jpg

Recommended for You

Recipes

Blackened Fish Recipe

Tommy Thompson

Blackened fish ready to serve with a side of okra and cucumber-red onion salad. This recipe is...

News

Navionics adds SonarChart Shading to its Platinum+ and HotMaps Platinum cartography

In-Fisherman - April 29, 2019

Navionics adds SonarChart Shading and HotMaps Platinum.

Recipes

Pecan-Crusted Catfish Fillets Recipe

By: Emilie Bailey

This is not your run-of-the-mill fish recipe! Buttery, savory pecans are seasoned up to make...

See More Recommendations

Trending Stories

Catfish

All About Catfish

Rob Neumann

Catfish are among the most popular groups of fish with over 7 million catfish anglers...

Walleye

Understanding Spring Walleye Migrations

Gord Pyzer - June 02, 2018

'Walleyes spawn in spring and understanding spring walleye migrations, whether you live north...

Catfish

The Best Catfish Rigs

In-Fisherman - January 11, 2018

Catfish are simple creatures that can be caught using the best catfish rigs. Catching them is...

See More Stories

More Custom Rods

Custom Rods

Tips for Spacing Micro Rod Guides

MudHole Staff

4 simple steps to accurately space out rod guides.

Custom Rods

12 New CRB Color Series Fishing Rod Blanks

MudHole Staff - September 05, 2018

Check out these 16 redesigned blank models and see all 12 incredibly vivid new colors!

Custom Rods

4 Easy Steps to Build Fuji VSS Fishing Rod Handle

Mud Hole Staff

Follow these step-by-step instructions to build your own Fuji VSS fishing rod handle.

See More Custom Rods

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×