During a mid-summer trip, I took the ride with Capt. John Paduano to fish a shoreline with large bluefish reports around it. When we pulled up to the location, there were no signs of life at all. The water had a small ripple but for the most part it was flat-calm. The first lure out of my tackle box was a Yo-Zuri Mag Popper. After making a couple of casts, the surface of the water exploded, and my plug was inhaled by a large bluefish.
During my trip, I was using the 6-1/4-inch (2-3/4-ounce) size for targeting larger fish but the lure also comes in a 5-1/4-inch (1-3/4-ounce) size for back bay applications as well. The neat thing about this lure is that it’s a floater, meaning you can work it at the pace at which the fish want it on that particular day. I’ve had instances where stripers and blues wouldn’t want a popper unless it was worked extremely slowly across the surface. With the Mag Popper, you control this speed.
The face of the popper seems to throw an immense amount of water after every pop which helps draw in those fish from farther away and get them to investigate all the commotion that’s taking place. Casting distance also doesn’t lack when using this lure. The Weight Transfer System allows for maximum distance and pinpoint accuracy every time you let it sail. Also, know that when you do hook into large fish with this lure, you won’t have to worry about the hardware; heavy-duty 3X hooks and split rings are up to the task of handling the biggest stripers and blues in the region. The popper comes in eight different color patterns to match an array of different fishing situations.
After putting the Yo-Zuri Mag Popper through extensive testing, I’m convinced it will be a staple in my bag when I’m looking for fish-catching consistency.