There are two reasons why a pencil popper is one of my all-time favorite topwater lures. One, nothing swims like them. That high-riding, slap-forward, far-spitting action is second to none, and there's no finesse necessary...wind hard and whip it good. Second, pencils are big-fish baits, so when one gets crushed, it's likely a fat striper, hog pike, or mondo largemouth on the other end. But in recent years some lure makers began experimenting with pencil hybrids, and I have to say that I've gotten really into them.