- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 1, 2001

As concerns the latest deep-running fishing lure from Mann's Bait Co., the Gigantus 50+ (or G-50+ as trollers will call it), the president of the Alabama-headquartered firm, F.J. Oelerich, Jr., says, "The big question is, will you find water deep enough in the Chesapeake Bay to fish the G-50+?"
People, a gauntlet has been thrown. The folks in Eufaula, Ala., think we don't have deep enough water to go a'trolling with a lure that can dive to 50 feet or more.
Some day we will show Oelerich the Bay's Bloody Point area, where the deepest layers measure around 117 feet. And what about those stretches between the Clay Banks, the Summer Gooses and the area west of the Punch Island Bar where the depths vary from 70 and 80 to 110 feet?
OK, so most of our Bay is "shallow," with 20- to 30-foot depths being most widely represented, but if you pick your spots, the G-50+ can be used when the huge ocean stripers come in during spring and again in late fall. Besides, you can vary the running depths of this wonderfully solid fish catcher by throttling the engine speed (or increasing it).
Never mind the fact that the G-50+ ought to be welcomed by middle Atlantic Ocean trollers who are after king mackerel, sharks, tuna, wahoos, stripers and perhaps even certain ravenous billfish.
This heavy-duty lure comes rigged with two Mustad 10/0 hooks and a 7-strand 400-pound steel leader attached to stainless steel stamping. The stamping fits in a slot under the lip and can move side to side, making the lure self-centering and capable of running along at speeds up to 10 knots. At four knots, tied to 50-pound test line, with 200 feet of line out behind the boat, the 16-inch-long lure actually can reach 60-foot depths. Heavier line and shorter line payouts decrease the running depth.
Colors include a black back with glittering mylar belly, also blue back/mylar, red head, rainbow, and pearl black.
For detailed information get on the Web at www.mannsbait.com or phone an order to 800/841-8435 during Central Daylight Time business hours.

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