"Six pounds, easy," I gloated. The sow was deep and thick and silvery pale from the murky water. I pressed the small treble free and slipped the bass back into the tank. Several casts later, I trumped the 6 with a splashy 7. LIPLESS WONDER
** That session last fall was a reminder of the effectiveness of the so-called swimming plugs, a.k.a. lipless crankbaits. **Or, yes, idiot baits. The various bottom bumpers such as soft plastics and jigs are great for probing defined targets, butot so great when nobody's home within the tight strike zones. The basic chunk-and-wind is more efficient for covering open water and finding random players, and the most popular lure for this method is the lipless crankbait.