- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 22, 2002

Is there a shallow-water game fisherman in the United States who doesn't own a half dozen lures known as the Mann's Baby 1-? Surely, every bass hound that we know has a selection of these marvelous fish catchers that can wobble and hop through water as shallow as one foot and catch fish like there's no tomorrow.
In fact, the success of the Baby 1- spawned copycat versions that now are sold by every major fishing lure company in the land. Here's a tip: Stick with the one that invented the "Baby" lures that sport a "minus" dash and a war-bonneted Indian head on the package the Mann's Bait Company logo.
Now you absolutely must check out Mann's additions to its hugely popular "Baby" line especially the Baby 4-, a lure that is the same size and shape as America's premier shallow crankbait, the Baby 1-. The difference in the Baby 4- is a differently shaped diving lip that not only allows the lure to be cranked down and retrieved in up to four feet of water, but it can also be carefully worked through extreme shallows.
I know. I did just that a week ago when I cast a firetiger-pattern Baby 4- toward a long tree trunk that rested in shallow water. I simply held the rod tip higher than normal, forcing the enticingly wobbling crankbait to stay above the snags on the bottom. A 3-pound bass slammed it hard, right next to the shadow side of the tree.
Later in the morning, three more bass struck it, followed by a big channel catfish, some white perch and what I believe was a striper, but I never got a good look because it tore free and left the area. The Baby 4- comes in 10 beautiful colors. It weighs ounce and has a 2-inch-long body.
A new Baby 8- that weighs the same but is a quarter-inch longer is said to be able to get down to 8-foot depths. It will be part of the 2003 lure lineup from Mann's.


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