The Lobina Ricos are the premier popping bait on the market today. How can such a high priced bait sell so well? The answer is simple - they catch more and bigger fish. Lobina Ricos are the 'go to' topwater bait for more pros on the circuit than any other popping or spitting bait because when there is money on the line, only the best will do.
These hard to find lures feature beautiful, intricately painted finishes, sharp hooks and long flowing tails that move and undulate long after the bait has stopped. But the secret is in the design. The cup up front is made to spit just the right amount of water in front of the lure and is tuned to give just the right popping and splashing sound to imitate a baitfish in trouble on top of the water. The Lobina Ricos are just better by design. Prismatic 3D eyes round out the package for a popping bait that cannot be beat.
The larger Lobina Rio Rico is heavy enough to throw on a casting setup and is really a big fish producer. Longer, fatter, and noisier, it can also walk-the-dog easily, popping and spitting the whole way in and can be used when there is more chop on the water. The Rico is great for quieter presentations and although it makes a big commotion, it does not displace the amount of water its big brother does and is great for quiet mornings and shallow areas. This is one of those baits that when you buy one and see how effective it can be, you will come back and get more. Tackle Warehouse offers you more of the lures that the pros make money on so your fishing can reach a new level whether you fish tournaments or not.
Please note: The feathered treble hook colors may vary depending on the current inventory.
|Rico||2 3/8"||1/4oz||Gama #6|
|Rio Rico||2 7/8"||7/16oz||Gama #4|
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Comments: I swear by the rico, I have caught so many fish on this bait. I have outfished people fishing with me for years when they use todays pop-r against my rico 4 to 1.
From: Todd: USA 5/5/15
Comments: By far the best popper on the market, consistent with razor sharp hooks and a great balance. Cried the last time I lost one not due to the price but all the great fish I had on that bait. Just picked up two more.
From: Andy: Ashuburn, VA 9/1/14
Comments: my absolute favorite topwater is the Rico. This popper does out fish all the others by far! Especially on slow days when the fish won't take anything, this lure produces. What convinced me was when the bass were deep in my favorite lake (about 25ft down). I out fished my brother using jigs and jerk baits with the fry color, and that wasn't a one time event. This popper calls in fish and makes them eat it. Yes these baits are expensive, but they float. So if you lose it, chances are you can get it back.
From: Garrett: Mesa, AZ 7/11/14
Comments: I've caught more bass on this lure than You would believe. A definite 5/5. At first I was like what am I doing paying $20 for a popper? Then I bought it and I haven't looked back. I'm looking into getting a few more in different colors. If you live in an area with a mayfly hatch, you're going to want the bone white one. You'll annihilate the bass with it.
From: Rhett: Oak Lawn, IL 6/30/14
Comments: 5 out of 5! Killer pooper! I have the larger size Rio Rico in a bream pattern (Not shown on the site) and it slays bass. The Rio Rico is great for summer and the smaller Rico is great for spring and fall. I have caught so many bass on this lure that I had to rewrap the feather tall back on. I was going to replace the feathered hook but the hooks are top notch so I just fixed it. My favorite way to fish this is to cast it out and just let it sit for a min or two and just wait.
From: Mike: GA
Comments: The best popper on the market. Yes, they are expensive, but well worth the money. Extra sharp hooks that will not let go when bit. Big bass absolutely kill this thing. When it's time to go bloop, bloop, bloop- then this is always the one you want to throw. The sound is like no other popper on the market. Buy it, and you will be satisfied with the results !!!!
From: Johnnie: Lancaster KY USA
Comments: Im a believer. Never caught many fish on a popR and didn't have much confidence in popping baits. Purchased one of these and never fished it for several months. Last week I got it out during practice for a tourney at noon and whacked them on it. Made a check the next day using nothing but this bait all day with sunny skies.
From: buckhead: SC
Comments: I was fishing every morning at sunrise with my Rico and getting smallies all morning, then I lost it to a Pike, so I tied on a pop-r the next morning and never had a morning like I did with the Rico.
From: K: PA
Comments: Sanding or shaving the bottom lip on a pop'r' to improve its fish catching abiity is NOT from Rico - it is from Mr. Zell Rowland who used to customize his Rebel Pop-R back in the mid80s. Rico is a good lure, tho - it is exactly the same as Japan's "Tifa Michael" that was on the market around 1987. Maybe they are using the same mold. I've been catching fish with this one for long time. Never get sick of this bait.
From: Jade: SoCal
Comments: have you ever read about sanding or shaving the bottom lip on a pop'r' to improve its fish catching abiity? take a look at the front of these lures and you will see the reason. the contour of the rico's mouth is where that idea came from. also the balance is another reason rico's will outfish any popper made. when fished correctly they are the very best! if you don't think so, try one and see for yourself!
From: Wes: Salinas, CA
Comments: I will pay someone $500 dollars if they can take their Rico and outfish me with a yellow magic!!!
Comments: try using a loop knot and 10 -12 lb mono and the Rico will walk like a spook. A true killer
From: Dave: Columbia, MD
Comments: Honestly I have no Idea what it is but I thought I would give this lure a try and WOW it catches big fish.
From: Ross: MA
Comments: I LOVE this bait and after trying most other ( poppers ) I find the Rico to be superior, but I'm having issues with it blowing apart. After the first one I made sure to not hit rocks or the bank and still after only 20 fish it started to blow apart. The only color I use is the chrome shad
From: Dave: Columbia, MD
Comments: For those that think the rico is overpriced havent mastered its effectiveness. Please keep buying those cheaper lures and i will continue to fallow you around the lake catching the fish that were left behind.
From: K.C.: Utah
Comments: These baits are NOT poppers worked properly thet walk and spit, far superior to a pop-r and easily worth the money
From: Dave: Columbia, MD
Comments: you guys go ahead and throw your Pop Rs Ill smoke ya with a Rico anyday....way worth the $$
From: Ryno: Visalia, CA
Comments: trokars are 6.99 a pack for 5 hooks, 6.99 is the average cost for top notch hooks on the market, kvd's mustad trebles cost more than that. Saying trokars are overpriced? really. Any way, I wanted to see what this bait was all about so i bought one, and fished it side by side with the rapala x rap pop, and the pop r. Let me tell you this, the rapala and the pop r out fished this bait 3-1 the three times i fished these lures, 3-1, the pop r cost 4.99, and the x rap pop cost 8.99, and the caught more fish than the rico did costing 20 bucks. Sorry guys, I'm sure they will catch fish, but I havent, and I can fish trust me. Also the finish on the x rap pop and the pop are have held up great, ive had the pop r i used for 10 years now, and have caught 1,000's of fish on it, and the paint isnt coming off more than a few scratches here and there, and only repairs its needed were new hooks every season.
Comments: @Ben-you don't see the point in spending on this, but you buy trokars? Talk about overpriced! These are better than a Pop R, maybe not 15 bucks better but better still. If you want top of the line, you've got to pay for it.
Comments: even with the 30% sale, the rebel pop r is the exact same thing, in fact the rico is copying the pop r, and now rapala is out with a true popper, and actually did things to make it better, changing the mouth slightly(taking the triangle shape of it, and rotating it), having it sit tail down, weight transfer so it cast farther, and a plethera of colors, and it will still cost less than the rico. Sorry rico fans but i have a hard time getting the original popper the pop r, and the new rapala one for less than this bait.
Comments: 20 bucks for this, 5 bucks for a rebel pop r, ill take the pop r, they both do the same thing, and both catch fish, and both have plenty of colors to choose from so why spend 20 dollars when you can spend 5 and get the exact same thing. You can even buy two pop r's and replace the hooks and spend less money overall. I'd much rather buy some pop r's and have money left to replace the hooks with trokar trebles, rather than spend 20, and with my luck lose the lure and be out 20 bucks.
From: Ben: FL
Comments: AWESOME SMALLIE BAIT!!!
From: John: USA
Comments: I don't see what all the fuss is about. I spent $25.00 on one of these and see nothing a rebel POP r won't do. It looks nice but I've caught no more fish than I have on any other popper so no way I'm paying that much for another one.
From: Mike: Jackson, MO
Comments: Try tying a loop knot to the rico you will be amazed with the differant actions that can be preformed. It can spit, blurp, walk-the-dog, and even dive. Takes some practice but well worth it.
From: Mike: GA
Comments: I bought 2 ricos from Tackle Warehouse the bone & the volt. I fished with the volt & my buddy was using a pop-r and I was out fishing him 4-1. I caught 12 to his 3 same technique and setup. I let him use the bone colored one and he started hammering them as well. I think it's worth the extra cost, but that's my opinion (and my buddies)
From: Todd: Morresville, TN
Comments: these are great lures. their worth the money. they are not designed to 'bloop-bloop', they are designed to spit and wiggle. that may be why they excel in shallow water. their more of a finess bait. you get what you pay for. personally, i won't let $5.00 per lure stand in the way of a good day on the lake. these lure's mimic feeding fish while other's mimic frog's like the hula popper's. it aslo helps if you learn how to make it do what it is designed to do. if you don't over-work them, they shine like a search light on a dark night!
From: Wes: Salinas, CA
Comments: Rico's by far out fish any popper on the market. And for the people who disagree, I've seen first hand how much better a Rico is than other pop-r's. A friend and I but it to the test, he was using a rico and i was using the rebel pop-r and he caught fish after fish when i couldnt get a strike even times throw right behind me and catch keepers left and right
From: Torre: Guntersville, AL
Comments: This popper is for people who appreciate the nuance's of a perfectly sanded popper if you are not experienced with these bates your probably want it to go bloop..bloop this bait is designed to spit and flit in the water when's the last time you heard a bait fish go bloop...bloop keep on fishin' your pop-r's i caught some of fish on mine too when i first started fishing
From: Lee: Jackson, TN
Comments: Best Popper ever made!!! PERIOD!!! I have fished them all, and this popper will out fish any of the other brands. I fish deep clear water lakes that are highly pressured and the bass can't resist this lure. Well worht the money. I will never own anything but a Rio Rico.
From: Tony: Virginia
Comments: Fishermen are notoriously superstitious. With that being said, I can see how somebody might swear by this lure if they had some early success. After buying one and using it, I am of the impression that there is nothing about this lure that says, "I am worth $20". It is a popper -- one of the most basic lures on the planet. I got the same results from my $3 Pop-R. All I am saying is that I did not find anything about this lure that stood out to the point that justfied the price point.
From: Thomas: Columbia
Comments: um...if you think a Rico sucks, something is wrong with you. Stop using a zebco 33 spooled with 25 lb test Wal Mart special line, and get with the program. These things will out fish other popping baits side by side. Ive seen it many times. Im just sayin tho...
From: Meatwad: hating on haters
Comments: Best Poppers out there. Great for super shallow or pressured fish. Pricey, but worth the money. Just watch them around the toothy critters.
From: Wes: ILM, NC
Comments: That guy is crazy. These things have a sound and action like no other popper on the market. Great fish catcher!
From: Brandon: Lee's Summit, MO
Comments: Save your money, these things are 15 dollars over priced. Popping action isnt very good.
From: Anthony: Vandenberg afb, CA