One of my favorite methods of topwater fishing is walking the dog. That’s why I had to try the Googan Squad Hound and see for myself how well these guys designed hard-bodied baits. I’m well aware this bait launched some time ago, but I figured it deserved some recognition in the spirit of fall and hungry bass!
I have to say, I’m impressed. Their product line has evolved from a few lonely packets of craws and worms to an aisle of expansive tackle, including rods, reels, and even line and scales. In fact, Dicks Sporting Goods has dedicated almost an entire aisle to these products. So, love em’ or hate em,’ Googan Squad is here to stay.
First off, without even reading the description of the Hound, it’s obvious this lure displaces water based on the notched face. It also holds true to the unique Googan design. It has triple trebles and a sleek body and a tail feather tease. Pretty cool looking. But does it catch fish?
First and foremost, I look for long casting distance; a like-a-rocket quality you get from a Daiwa SP minnow or Heddon Spook.
At a 1/2 oz, this lure fires out well on 14 lb mono and delivers a subtle surface entry, like sneaking in the backdoor. It also comes with an oval split ring ( saves time tying a loop-knot). I like making those long casts and covering water around schooling fish. Being able to sit back at a distance for me is essential. As far as placement goes, I notice that it looks great around toped-out grass and darted alongside cattail lines. As bass start moving toward harder structures, the hound is perfect for intercepting those on their migratory routes and those beginning to chase baitfish.
Sound and Action
Unlike the Heddon Spook, the Hound is more subtle in its sid-to-side action. Maybe it’s just me, but I like a lure that both calls attention and blends if that makes sense; something that displaces water and imitates an easy meal, but also appears part of a school of fish. The Hound is definitely a good middle choice when calling the attention of hungry predators.
When walked, the hound will produce a typical rattle sound but it’s subtle and almost equal to the sound of water displacement as it makes periodic dives. In other words, the rattle doesn’t drown out the natural sounds of the lure moving along the surface. That’s what I like most about this lure, it’s a non-intrusive snack for the fish. Additionally, I can twitch it or walk the dog, and the built-in features allow it to actually roll over back and forth, which surprised me.
Similarly, prompting the walk the dog action is easy with this lure. Like any spook, just pop the slack in your line, and you’re good. On braid, you’ll achieve a side-to-side walk slightly easier.
One feature I love on this bait is the tail feather. Of all baits out there, the Rapala X-rap is one of my favorites because of the effectiveness of the tail feather in conjunction with its ability to stop and suspend. The hound produces a similar effect; a subtle wag of the tail to call in any weary takers. It also adds to the body profile and just looks so damn tasty, and when idle, it sits face up and dangles that feather-like an added treat. I’ve received a good amount of bites by just letting the hound sit like a bobber.
All in all, the Hound is clearly designed well, and it’s situationally specific. By that I mean, you’ll have the best luck around active fish. When the surface is calm, pick up a crankbait instead. But yes, this lure catches fish. Ideal scenarios would be early morning and evening in summer and fall, especially if you can get on an active school. Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed!