Doomzday Turtle

The lure's flattened, turtle-shaped profile appeals to a bass' natural aggression toward nest-raiding turtles. Anglers often rig it with a 3/0 or 4/0 wide-gap worm hook, with or without a weight in front of it. A slip sinker ahead of a weightless hook works well in open water where you can make the turtle swim and dive.

Weighted-keel hooks with screw-locks work well in heavy cover and waters with lots of algae below the surface. Screw the turtle's head right down against the hook eye, line up the hook with the belly slit, bring the hook point through so that it lines up flat against the back and then just skin-hook it to keep it weedless. The keel-weighted hook ensures that the lure will fall belly-down, all legs fluttering and kicking as the bait slowly flutters downward, as though it were on a parachute.

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