It wasn't the first plastic minnow-shaped plug to come on the salt water scene, but it was certainly the one that popularized them for millions of anglers, whether they fished from jetties, beaches or boats. At 7 1/2 inches long with a molded-plastic lip and thick-walled, hollow plastic body, it floats at rest. The original came with weak hooks and split rings that had to be replaced, but it was more than worth the trouble because they caught heavy-duty fish. Worked slowly, it rolls seductively just under the surface, leaving a V-wake. Pick up the speed and it dives a couple feet. In black it's deadly at night. Sold today under the name Bomber Long A, it has the right hardware out of the box and it's still the favorite swimmer of tens of thousands of fishermen.