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Careful, It Might Bite You, Evergreen's One's Bug (continued)

Retrieve: As with any bait, but especially a topwater, every angler has their preference in action and sound. When it comes to poppers, my preference is to be able and create that "bloop, bloop" typical of the old Rebel PopR. Both the Splash It and Rico poppers do not make this sound, but instead spit water mimicking bait fish splashing about on the surface.

The One's Bug comes equipped with an Evergreen Snap.

The One's Bug mouth is deeper and more concave than that of the Splash It and Rico, but it still creates more of a splashing pop than a blooping pop. Together with the splashing, of course, most poppers these days also have rattles. This bait is no different benefiting from a large knocker at the back of the bait and also three smaller bb's that float around in the center of the bait. This combo gives the One's Bug both a lower frequency knock and a higher frequency rattle.

Lightwire #6 hooks are stock, though they're not as thin in gauge as other hooks we've seen from JDM companies.

Durability: The One's Bug comes with pretty standard light wire hooks. They're not as light as those that come equipped on Megabass lures and are pretty on par with those I have on my Rico and Splash It poppers. Durability on the paint and finish is about average meaning I experienced no premature wear from simply using these baits.

The rear treble is dressed not only with feathers, but some mylar threads as well.

Availability: Evergreen International has finally made it to North American shores in an official capacity and the great majority of their baits have been available since Fall of 2012. This will come as bad news to those who found their "secret" sources for the baits and have been hoarding them, but great news to consumers in general who can now finally sample these baits for themselves.

California Delta Bass!


Evergreen International One's Bug Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Prototypical popper but built clean and precise 8
Performance Casts great and makes a good commotion on the surface 8
Price Most will just be happy you can get them, but then you see the price... ouch 4
Features Pretty basic popper really 7
Design (Ergonomics) As always, the finishes are superb 9
Application Pretty technique specific 7

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Finally, Evergreen in North America! - Cost to acquire is high
+ Easy to cast & easy to work  
+ Great finishes  


Conclusion: Poppers might be a little simple and non-glamorous as far as a topwater bait is concerned, but they remain a very effective bait. What I like about them is you can really fish them slow and keep your bait in the strike zone longer than other baits, and for whatever reason, they're particularly effective against spotted bass. I love fishing for spotted bass.

But my favorite on a popper? Spots!

Evergreen International's One's Bug is a nice compromise between the old school Rebel PopR and what's considered the premier popper in the market today, Lobina's Rico. It's priced higher than either but the important factor is, now that Evergreen has a distribution network, you can actually get them. So if you're in the market for a new, premium popper, check out the One's Bug, you might just get bitten.

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