Traveling angler and freelance writer Tony Pena, whose work you often see here in Marlin, can't say enough about the Mold Craft Super Chugger - and he has plenty of company. "My vote goes to the Mold Craft Super Chugger (8 1/4 inches in blue/white/yellow combo). I've caught blue, black and striped marlin, Pacific sailfish and numerous other species, such as 300-pound yellowfin tuna, on this lure. It works bigger than its size and is truly a universal lure, producing great results from Thailand to Panama."
The concave face of the Super Chugger allows the lure to come and grab a gulp of air and let it out in a thick bubble stream with a short side-to-side wiggle of its head. It rises and falls with a surprising regularity that seems to drive blue marlin crazy. The lure's face causes it to pull hard through the water, but it still remains stable in rough water. "It works well at a wide range of speeds as well," says Frank Johnson Jr. "You can pull anywhere from 5 to 12 knots, but it works best at the lower end of that range."
Paulo Amorim's 1,402-pound, all-tackle Atlantic blue marlin ate a pink-and-white Super Chugger off Vitoria, Brazil, in 1992, sealing the lure's status in big-game-fishing history.