Summertime and the livin' is easy, fish are jumpin'...especially bass (not to mention porgy). The prestigious BASS Masters Classic begins next week in Chesapeake Bay. Business is already hoppin' at Tochterman & Sons, the biggest bait and tackle store in Baltimore. Here are the 10 most popular bass lures at Tochterman's, complete with comments from salesman Bob Quick.
Rat-L-Trap—This lure has a chamber with a ball bearing in it to imitate a noisy minnow.
Gene Larew Electric Salt Craw—This hotpink lure resembles a crawfish. It also has a salty taste, so that when the fish picks it up, he'll hold on to it.
Herb Reed's Slug-Go—Each time you twitch this lure, it goes in a different direction.
Fish World Po-Go Snail—Similar to the Slug-Go, bat the hook sits in a slot, allowing it to easily penetrate the fish.
Gene Larew Salty Gots-It—Because it slowly descends in the water, the Gots-It looks like an easy meal for the fish who's not in a feeding mood.
Zoom Super Salt Plus U-Tale—This is a salty, six-inch worm pretender.
Pradco rebel Minnow—For those who like the realistic approach. While other lures are rather abstract, the Rebel [above] actually looks like a minnow.
Charlie Brewer's Slider Worm—When a finicky fish doesn't want to exert himself to grab a meal, the Slider tempts him with a nice little hors d'oeuvre.
Spinner Bait—These generic lures have blades that rotate when pulled through water, so they move like injured minnows.