The new Rebel Micro Critters are one of the more worthwhile endeavors I've seen from a lure-maker lately. The company has taken their legendary line of lures, and retooled them with two things in mind: taking kids fishing and catch-and-release. You'd be hard-pressed to find a freshwater angler who has not thrown a Rebel Pop-R, Crickhopper, Crawfish, or Minnow, and they're now all available in a sub-ultralight size, each with a single, barbless hook in place of trebles, which can be tough on fish and young fishermen.
Of course, I wanted to see if big kids could catch fish on these as well, so I took my wife to Bull's Island on the Delaware River on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Despite rumors of a declining smallmouth population here, we whacked them. There's no doubt in my mind the Micro Crawfish and its pals will do just fine catching a number of species for any angler, young or old.