top raider is the fav of many however IMO there are many
top waters with similar action & the first top water u catch 1 on will end up beein a confidence lure & used often most esox fisherman stick with a few confidence lures & the rest of there box is just a collection
The depthraider is a highly versatile lure. You can straight crank them, rip and pause, twitch on the surface, rip into weeds, or troll them. I use the topraider every year but only for a few weeks or maybe a month when I feel it. Water temp and clarity decide what I use.
I use hammers extensively..we did great on them this past year including a 48.5 on a straight bluegill...joel is a first rate guy who will give you tips on how to fish certain areas and his info is always dead on