Topwater poppers arenât the most dynamic lure in the world. In an industry filled with crazy shapes and new concepts, the effectiveness of these classic bass fishing lures often falls by the wayside. But make no mistake about it; theyâre still incredibly productive on bass of all sizes.
Iâve been testing the Evergreen Oneâs Bug Popper since early spring and have caught dozens of quality bass with it. At first glance, it may look like a stereotypical popper, but after my extensive experience with it, Iâve found it to be an extremely dynamic lure.
A popper that walks
A lot of lure manufacturers claim that their poppers have the capability to walk from side to side throughout the retrieve. This is often true, but that doesnât mean itâs easy. While most poppers will walk, they require a very specific rod and the utmost concentration. Thatâs not the case with the Evergreen Oneâs Bug Popper.
Equipped with a durable snap ring attached to the eye, the Oneâs Bug walks quite easily with a generic medium-action rod. Iâve put it in the hands of several novice anglers as well and theyâve had no issues walking it across the surface like a seasoned pro.
When you closely inspect the shape of this lure, youâll notice the bottom isnât flat like most poppers. Instead, it has a very slight upward bend towards the tail; itâs somewhat of a keel shape. This small design feature allows the Oneâs Bug to glide a bit easier between rod twitches, thus facilitating an easy and enticing walk-the-dog action.
If youâre searching for a pattern and covering water quickly, youâll find this to be a convenient and helpful feature.
Whatâs it sound like?
Iâm of the opinion that many anglers totally overlook the importance of the internal sound components of topwater poppers. We pay so much attention to the spitting or chugging that we lose sight of a very important design aspect.
The Oneâs Bug has four different types of internal rattles: Tungsten, glass, steel and brass. It sounds like an overkillâand maybe it isâbut the result is a very unique sound thatâs different from any popper Iâve used.
When chugged with more abrupt, downward rod twitches, this lure emits a lower-pitched knocking sound that has been especially effective in choppy water. Softer, more subtle downward twitches seem to showcase the smaller rattles, creating a higher-pitched rattle thatâs great in calmer conditions.
In regards to its external soundâthe noise or disturbance created by its cupped mouthâthe Oneâs Bug will both spit and chug throughout the retrieve. The mouth is a bit more concave than most poppers and it makes a very distinctive âspitting chugâ sound on a routine retrieve.
Casts well for a small lure
Perhaps the most common complaint about topwater poppers is their inability to cast long distances. With the exception of some oversized poppers on the market, these lures are usually quite small and lightweight. Add a little bit of wind into the equation and youâll be picking out backlashes more often than youâd like.
Measuring 2 3/4 inches and weighing 3/8-ounce, the Oneâs Bug is a bit heavier than many other poppers. But it goes much deeper than that, in my opinion.
I have not cut open or dissected a Oneâs Bug; I only own one and Iâm not going to ruin in. But throughout my testing, Iâm fairly certain that the larger âknockingâ rattle is located in a chamber on the tail-end of the lure. In regards to weight distribution, I believe this makes a noticeable difference when making both short and long casts.
With the majority of the weight found in the back of the lure, the Oneâs Bug loads your rod excellently on the back cast and facilitates both long and accurate short-distant casts. It doesnât feel like youâre casting a potato chip, so youâre able to cover water or make pinpoint casts underneath docks and other overhanging cover.
Holds up well to abuse
The initial finish and quality of the Evergeen Oneâs Bug is impressive, as it should be for $15.99. Iâve been using the Emerald Shiner Color and both the metal flake and base colors have held up excellently and resisted any dramatic hook rash. Out of the package, the lightwire hooks are incredibly sharp and allow for solid hooksets with small diameter lines and light-action rods.
After a lot of fish catches, Iâm quite pleased with how well this lure has endured the abuse. The hooks remain sticky, the snap ring has not warped or bent in any way and the structural integrity of the lure is like new.
Also worth mentioning is the rear feathered treble hook. I canât tell you how many feathered trebles Iâve quickly ruined on topwater poppers. Even on the higher-end models, many of them will completely fall apart after two or three fish catches. The feathered treble on the Oneâs Bug, however, is still going strong. The wrapping is fully intact and even the reflective mylar strands have remained in place.
This is a really strong topwater popper; one of my favorites, probably. The price, however, is the one caveat. $15.99 is pretty high for such a small lure, but its durability and ability to catch pressured bass may help you justify the price point. If youâre a topwater aficionado, this is certainly a lure that needs to be on your radar this year.