thank you for all the good advice. It truly helped me over the past several years. I fish the NJ surf and many times, the fish are at at your knees or too far to reach from the beach. I like top water plugs, and my question is, when you speak of water column, how much depth are we speaking about? I see some nice size fish cruising in water as shallow as two feet, hence at the knees, and the depth on the NJ beaches including the drop-offs ranges from about 2 to 8 feet, the usual area where you will land your catch. Is that a big enough difference to make you decide on whether to use a surface plug, a mid water swimmer, or a bottom lure? To put it another way, do you think bass look two feet up or down when looking to eat, or do they all get together and say today, no one is allowed to swim any higher than 3 feet above the bottom?