“We usually start with topwaters, and if things slow down, we’ll switch to sinking and suspending stickbaits,” Fidalgo says. Experiment with different popper cup sizes, from skinny pencil poppers to those with big cup faces, as well as jet styles designed to create bubble trails with longer sweeps of the rod. Retrieve aggressively — without pausing. You’re out to make a commotion and move the bait quickly. In calm conditions, try going to oversize walk-the-dog stickbaits, such as the Shimano Orca, Williamson Surface Pro or more obscure brands, such as the Smith Tobiika. Next, try going underwater with sinking stickbaits, such as the sinking Orca or the Strategic Angler Mikros. The best color schemes are those that emulate ballyhoo, with a bit of blue, but our biggest red grouper of the trip ate a Smith A Cup popper with a red head and white body.