Introduced in 1996, the Megabass PopX breathed new life into the old-style popper concept, adding a gill-system and an attention to detail that set this lure apart from conventional poppers. While the carefully crafted contours of the body and the detail of the hand-finished paintjob might draw your eyes first, the real magic is seen on the water, when the Megabass original Side-Stepping Balancer (PAT.) brings the PopX to life. This balancer system features a fixed tungsten weight at the tail, and a spherical tungsten balancer towards the front that can only move from side to side. This channels the weight’s movement laterally, combining the spitting action of a popper with a truly unique rolling-dog-walk action. Of course, the PopX can be worked like a regular popper, but unlike a conventional popper—which only splashes—the patented gill system of the PopX has two slits that allow for water to pass through, creating a more organic surface disturbance. In addition, the mouth of the PopX is designed to maximize the spitting distance that can be achieved with each twitch, resulting in considerable water-displacement.