Woodchopper By - Luhr Jensen
Originally designed as a muskie lure by Ozark Mountain lures the line was purchased by Luhr Jensen in 1991. Phil Jensen the owner of Luhr Jensen of Hood River, Oregon sold the company to Rapala in 2006. Rapala reportedly stopped production of the woodchopper in 2014. I originally purchased and used my woodchoppers for pond fishing from the local bait store close to 30 years ago now. The woodchopper was different from most topwater propeller baits in that it was shorter with a more football shaped profile and not the slim long design. The reason I believe thew woodchopper was so effective was the profile of the blade design produced a unique sound when it was worked through the water. The sound was more like that of a school of bait fish breaking the water than the glub-glub or spatter of some of the other topwater baits that were popular at the time. The woodchopper never seemed to draw much attention from the largemouth bass fishing crowd but became known as the peacock bass bait to have. I was not able to get details about what was available for sale at the time but an approx 1/2 ounce version with two treble hooks is what I remember purchasing and having so much success with. The woodchopper was fairly expensive at the time due to the material it was made from wood, (cedar I believe). The unique sound was caused by the shape of the blade. The woodchopper was generally equipped with front and rear blades and that was the model that I had. The length of the woodchoppers seceded to vary and grew longer as they became more peacock bass specialized. the length I found effective for largemouth was approx 3 1/2 inches. I had several colors but was most successful with the solid black color, it came with eyes and a colored mouth area. The woodchopper was easy to cast as it was heavier than average and was easy to get extra distance on each cast. The afternoon in question I was able to catch and land 6 bass that were all over 3 pounds and I caught a fish with almost every cast I made until the largest of the day (guesstimated to be at least 8 pounds) was the last time I saw my precious woodchopper. That brought another fishing lesson, which was to retie your lure after catching a fish or two and checking your line for abrasions regularly to avoid break offs.