I told almost no one about the bait. When I caught fish, all I said was that I got them on a topwater bait. When Rebel discontinued them, I bought up Pop-Rs and hoarded them. I continued to work with them, experiment with them, and even test new paint jobs on them. So did a few of those other Texas anglers.
We caught so many fish on that lure that tackle dealers who knew what was going on swept up any stock that they could find and upped the price.
Tackle dealers in the know started selling their Pop-R P60s for $8, $10 and up! That was unheard of back then. This was long before other companies started selling baits for $20 or $30 apiece, but people who had heard the whispers paid that much for them.
The secret escaped when I won the B.A.S.S. Super Invitational tournament at Chickamauga in 1986.
Everybody asked me what I caught my bass on, of course, and I gave my usual answer. But one of the writers had seen the lure. He recognized it and let the word out.
I literally won so much money on that bait in one year that Rebel had to bring it back. In those days, if a dealer ordered a gross (144) of a discontinued lure, the company would run a special order.
They still planned to sell it only to dealers who would order 144 baits or more. But that first year it came back, Rebel sold more than a million Pop-Rs!
The “why” behind the R
What is it about the Pop -R that makes it so good? Why do certain lures catch more fish than others in general.
It’s because of its shape, size and the sound it makes moving through the water.
Shape: The more realistic a lure looks, the more fish you will catch on it. Pick out the spinnerbait that you have caught the most fish on. More than likely that spinnerbait has a willowleaf blade on it. One of the greatest baits ever made for cranking is the Cordell Spot. The reason? It looks like that willowleaf blade. The Pop-R has that same willowleaf shape. Both mimic the shape of a baitfish.
Surface action: You can chug the Rebel Pop-R, – just work it like other chuggers – or lift the rod tip and make it spit. You can’t do that with any other popper. The spitting sound is just like a shad flicking the surface.
Dial in action: Everyone asks me how to work the bait, but I can’t answer that. You have to let the fish tell you how he wants it worked. Does he want it slow, medium, fast? Does he hit it when you pop it once and then just let it sit there? Does he want you to pop it twice, then move it three times? You have to experiment. Work the bait different ways until you learn how the fish wants it.
How much do I believe in the Pop-R? I have a Pop-R tied on every time my boat is on the water! I may not always use it, but it is always ready.
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