- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 22, 2001

As concerns anglers everywhere who are after tidal and freshwater bass, channel catfish, even redfish wherever they occur, appendages are in and monopodes are out.
Confused? Don't be.
Insiders to all types of sport fishing have long known that few artificial lures can equal the plastic worm when matters of immediate attraction come into play. A skilled "wormer" will beat the pants off the competition during times of the year when the fish have seen all the "hard" baits they care to and no longer are impressed with whirling creations known as spinnerbaits or what my frequent collaborator, Andy Andrzejewski, refers to as "spinnerbugs" a fitting description.
Also bear in mind that during the summer months when local fishing waters rise to comfortable bath temperatures, the most popular waterlogged critter in these parts, the largemouth bass, doesn't mind it one bit when a soft, plastic imitation worm suddenly sprouts arms, legs and heaven only knows what other appendages.
If the fake food appears to be a cross between a crawfish and a centipede, so be it and the Iowa-based Pure Fishing Company, parent firm of such stellar tackle brands as ABU Garcia, Fenwick, SpiderLine, Johnson and Berkley, has a winner with a scent-laden plastic bait it calls the Power Hawg.
The corporate flacks for Berkley aren't kidding when they say fish aren't known for their manners and when they see (and smell) the Power Hawg, chances are the artificial food will draw a strike sooner than you think.
Two large side appendages on the Power Hawg work like awkward flippers that give the soft bait a different motion with each twitching, lifting and lowering of the rod tip. Several front legs and two back legs create an erratic swimming action, and if you want to change the way this goshawful looking thing works, simply pinch off one or two of the legs and you'll see it slither through the water a totally different way.
Professional bass angler Gary Klein says he fishes a Power Hawg with a 2/0 or 3/0 offset hook. "I've field tested this bait in both Texas and Carolina rigs and even fished it weightless in shallow water all with great success," he says.
Klein, who lives in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, isn't simply pumping a product for one of his tournament sponsors. He's telling the truth.
Local fishing guide Andrzejewski, colleague Dale Knupp and I have been testing the Power Hawg just as Klein has. The verdict after carefully comparing it to other plastic baits, primarily those devoid of legs and arms and heaven only knows what else might be poking from a Power Hawg's body: It works incredibly well. "There can be no question about it," says Andrzejewski. Pro guide Knupp agrees, as do I.
During four recent outings, a 4-inch-long Power Hawg in a color known as "pumpkinseed with green fleck" has delivered such a steady stream of bass that, when compared to single-bodied, plain, plastic worms, it couldn't even be called a contest.
In a heretofore unnamed, narrow, tidal cut off the main stem of the Potomac River that we now call Fishing Pole Creek (in honor of Andrzejewski, who might have been the first angler in these parts to discover that it held bass), Andrzejewski and I last week flipped Power Hawgs to tiny, shaded pockets of water under myriad clumps of phragmites marsh grass. Nine largemouth bass came into the boat in rapid order, not to mention a similar number that for one reason or another managed to shake the hooks.
We're talking about a tiny waterway filled with nasty sunken wood, tall grass on either side and swarms of bugs, spiders and occasionally aggressive wasps.
Several days later, Andrzejewski and I worked the Power Hawgs inside the Chicamuxen Creek in Charles County and had 12 bass in reasonably short order during an ebbing tide while several other bassboaters we chatted with complained about a lack of action.
The Power Hawg is available in 4-inch and 5-inch sizes, in colors from my favorite pumpkinseed with green fleck to green pumpkin, watermelon, sour grape, junebug, black neon shad and blue/black, as well as black grape with red glitter. I firmly believe that all color schemes work if you happen to flip one of these multi-legged wonders on top of a bass or in front of it.
And to be fair, competing tackle companies also offer a variety of colors on similar fish catchers, including Zoom's Brush Hog, the Log Crawler by Hawg Caller (honest, that's the name), or pro angler Basil Bacon's Bacon Rind.
Swim, cast, retrieve, flip, Carolina-rig them off the bottom or try a method of your own one thing is sure: multi-appendaged baits work supremely well.

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