Tackle Reviews

Duo Realis Pencil Popper Review

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I have been throwing the DUO Realis Pencil Popper 148 and 110 since last fall with good results. After having fished it on a few different bodies of water, I thought I’d share my experiences with the unique topwater lure. 

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Rotating treble hook on belly of Duo Realis Pencil Popper 148

One feature I found unique and really liked on the bigger of the two sizes of the Duo Realis Pencil Popper (the 148) was that the hook hanger rotates on the belly of the bait. I actually had a double last fall on this bait. The fish hooked on the belly stayed hooked up while the one on the tail twisted and flopped and got off. I thought that was pretty telling on how well that rotating treble held a fish, especially one flopping against another fish on the same bait. The hooks are very tacky sharp high-end Nano trebles. The smaller 110 Pencil Popper has No. 4 hooks and the bigger 148 has 1/0 hooks. They hook really well, even on long casts, which is the whole purpose of this bait.

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Good color selection on DUO Realis Pencil Poppers

I fished three different colors of the Pencil Popper the past few seasons — the Funky Gill, Midnight Black and Morning Gill. I actually caught a fish at night last fall on the Midnight Black which I hadn’t done on a topwater lure in a while. Most days I threw the Funky Gill. That chartruese and striped sides seems to work in a lot of water conditions and worked on spotted bass, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass on Kentucky Lake, Smith Lake and Table Rock Lake. 

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Good color selection on DUO Realis Pencil Poppers

I fished three different colors of the Pencil Popper the past few seasons — the Funky Gill, Midnight Black and Morning Gill. I actually caught a fish at night last fall on the Midnight Black which I hadn’t done on a topwater lure in a while. Most days I threw the Funky Gill. That chartruese and striped sides seems to work in a lot of water conditions and worked on spotted bass, largemouth bass and smallmouth bass on Kentucky Lake, Smith Lake and Table Rock Lake. 

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Cupped mouth, crush proof construction, and weighted tail for super long casts and durability

The enlarged head, cupped mouth, curved body and tail weight give the DUO Realis Pencil Popper a unique and easy walking and spitting action that makes it a great option for not only calm waters but water with a pretty good chop. It throws really well because of the tail weight design. Even the 110 bombs out there at 5/8 ounce for a 4-inch topwater. It spits and chugs and rolls but feels like a very strong bait when you work it. It doesn’t slide and skip and other things you find with lower quality topwaters. And it will start walking on a very long cast.

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Size comparisons of Pencil Popper 110 and 148

Here is the size difference on the 110 and the 148 of the DUO Realis Pencil Popper. The enlarged mouth and tail give the bait a unique walk and roll and gives the bait better handling in choppy waters. 

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The detailing, colors and profile are first rate

The DUO Realis Pencil Popper is a durable, well made and designed topwater walking lure. It walks, spits, rolls, chugs and creates a commotion on the surface. I caught some big fish on it in pretty tough summer conditions at Table Rock last week just fishing flat points in the mornings. 

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It’s a very effective topwater lure

You can find the DUO Realis Pencil Poppers at TackleWarehouse.com and other retailers that carry the DUO Realis line of fishing lures.