For 60 years, smallies, walleye, pike and bigmouth have thrashed weedbeds and structure in savage attacks on the same infuriating romper: the irresistible balsa wood Bang-O-Lure. Cast, settle, twitch and retrieve. Or troll five feet from shore. Either way, grip tight and brace yourself for a classic strike.
Use medium tackle and fish tight to logs, stumps or weedbeds. Cast, let it set, twitch, set again, and retrieve. On the retrieve, it dives to 2 feet, often prompting surface strikes as you're pulling in for another cast.
Ideal for big predators like largemouth bass striking at a wounded shad on the surface or a big pike gobbling perch over a weedbed. Cast it, let it sit, and twitch it. Watch the rings disappear before twitching again. Any slight disturbance means a big fish.