The Pop-R legacy

The 1/4-ounce Rebel Pop-R is arguably the most storied bait in the history of bass fishing. Ironically, it was discontinued due to slow sales in 1978, little more than two years after its introduction. Had it not been for Rick Clunn and a heavy dose of fate that would have been the end of the Pop-R.

During this time Clunn supplemented his tournament income by guiding for bass at Toledo Bend. On one guide trip Clunn’s client was a stubborn young man who had a Pop-R tied on. Clunn told his client to try a Texas-rigged worm because they were about to fish brush in deep water.