MONSTERBASS Presents the Mad Max Popper
The MONSTERBASS Mad Max is Officially Back (with a few tricks up its sleeve).
By: Shaye Baker
The original Mad Max from MONSTERBASS was my absolute favorite finesse popper of all time. And from what I experienced, the all-new Mad Max popper is on track to eclipse its predecessor!
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When the original Mad Max came out, it quickly became my favorite finesse popper. It had a nice little chug to it as it was popped along, but not nearly as aggressive as bigger poppers. That softer popping action is what classifies it as a finesse popper in my book. It was also a smaller bait coming in at 2½ inches long. This combo of a smaller bait with a softer action made it a fantastic lure for finicky fish that still wanted to target a struggling baitfish on the surface.
I had the most success with this bait fishing around shad spawns, walking the bait instead of popping it straight back to the boat like I would typically fish a popper. I first figured this out by using a slow and steady twitching of my rod tip to walk the bait back and forth, creating just a little spitting action as the bait walked side to side. This proved irresistible to fish that wouldn’t even roll on the larger Spook that my buddy was throwing. The success we had with it that day made the Mad Max a staple in my boat.
I also had good luck with the original Mad Max around bream beds and fishing around finicky bass in the post spawn and in the fall as well. The action of the Mad Max isn’t intimidating. It creates just enough disturbance on the surface to draw the attention of lurking, sometimes lethargic bass. A great bait for sure! But now, let’s take a look at the man of the hour. The new and improved Mad Max.
The All New Mad Max
The body of the original and the new Mad Max are very similar. The overall shape is almost identical, with a few subtle differences around the eyes and gill plates. The new Mad Max once again sports a feathered rear treble hook like its predecessor, though the hooks aren’t the same.
The new Mad Max popper has a really nice, sharp rattle. You can tell more about the rattle system in the new Mad Max by looking at the Money Gill and Feeder Gill colors. Both these colors have translucent bottoms which expose the rattle chamber which houses 5 small, metal beads near the tail of the bait.
MONSTERBASS has introduced several new colors, completely revamping the options with the new Mad Max. Three shad patterns, two bluegill imitators and a hot pink/black combo give you a little something for any bite you might be on. Personally, I believe the Bone color is going to be hard to beat around shad in the spring and fall.
The new Money Gill and Feeder Gill colors are my favorites right now. I like to fish in pretty stained water quite, and I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a better paint job for mimicking the paled-out look that small bream and bluegill have when they’ve spent considerable time in muddy water. In super clear water, I like the more vibrant Feeder Gill. But that Money Gill is the juice.
The new BKK Treble Hooks are a noticeable improvement from the first edition. These new hooks are a little thicker and have an inward bend to them near the point. The front treble is also red on the new Mad Max, which I like. Many anglers believe a red hook draws the attention of a fish. I’m not a huge proponent of the red hook craze myself, but a red hook does look more like a fish’s gill or blood in the water than a black, bronze or silver hook does.
The feathered treble at the tail is an upgrade from the original as well. The rear hook is also a BKK Treble with a dark metallic color as opposed to the red front hook, but there are some strands of red and green tinsel with white feathering tied to it, finished off with red thread. A nice looking, functional addition to the back of the bait.
The new Mad Max is certainly a chip off of the old block. Any fans of the original (like me) will be pleased with this new release. The new color schemes are fantastic, with the Money Gill being one of the prettiest baits I’ve seen in a long time. A new and improved hook combo also has the Mad Max ready to tango with and tame most anything that bites.
With the same classic body style, rattle and action, this is a finesse popper that you’ll definitely want to try. At a price point of $10.00, it’s a midrange bait when it comes to your wallet, but considering I still have some of the originals in the rotation 2 years down the road, it’s a bait worth investing in. I’m personally very excited to see this bait make a return to the MONSTERBASS lineup and look forward to many more fish catches to come with it.