About 1974 I was fishing with my cousin, Glenn, at Providence Lake , near Alpharetta, Georgia. We had rigged our flat bottom, aluminum, boat with a trolling motor and a depth finder. We found the place, near the dam, where a small creek bed connected with the main creek channel, about 12 feet deep.
I started throwing a white Cordell Spot and caught 4 nice largemouth in just a few minutes. That was my first catches on a lipless crankbait and made me a believer. Carl Richey Cordell Jr. (Cotton – nicknamed because of his white blonde hair) was a fishing guide in central Arkansas in the late 1940’s.
In 1952 he established Cotton Cordell Inc., his fishing tackle manufacturing company. In 1954 he came out with his first branded lures, the Spot being one of those. It was the first lipless crankbait made and mimics fleeing baitfish extremely well, and the rattles inside the bait give off the same vibrations as baitfish. Bass feel these vibrations along their lateral line and attack, most of the time, out of pure aggression. They come in many colors and are still made today.