I love top water bass fishing! Casting poppers and other top water flies to bass and sunnies is a blast. If you ever get the chance to do it, take the opportunity to do it.
Sometimes the strikes come right after the pop when you are letting it just sit there. This retrieve worked a little but I got more strikes when, after the cast and just letting all the rings disappear from the fly landing, to just slowly pulling the fly back to me. Then the big gulp would come. It is such a thrill to me to see their aggressive takes! Water splashing every where as they come up to kill that popper that is bothering them.
Today I had an all white popper drawing the strikes. I caught several decent large mouths and I even had a few sunnies that joined in the action. I didn't get anything monsterous, but anytime you can get the surface bite, it is really exciting.
It was also thrilling to watch the bass feeding along the edges of the pond. There would be a couple bass swimming about 4-5 feet from the bank. This would push the minnows up to the edge with very little room to escape. Then all of the sudden you would see big splashes as the bass would zoom into the shallow water to go for their next meal. I wish my camera had a better zoom. As I was watching this feeding action of the bass, a snake joined in. As the minnows would be in the shallow, this snake would swim through and was attempting to snag his next meal. It wasn't as successful but it was interesting to watch.