There are countless lures that have cult followings, many of which were developed for cult fisheries, such as the classic Jitterbug for nighttime largemouth hunters. The Doc is different. There has always been some presence of muskie lures creeping into the salty world, but the Doc is one of very few that became a true staple. At least it is now. Even back in 2015, Cantelmo wouldn’t say the name of the lure in the video we were shooting. There is much debate over who actually recognized the lure’s potency first, but it had been a hidden gem in the arsenals of several in-the-know New England captains for years before it ever got on my radar. They had already unlocked the Doc’s code. Unpainted models, which are the color of bone, seemed to call up stripers more consistently than any pattern. The bronze hooks that came stock for muskies would rust after a day’s use in the brine, so they had to be replaced right away with heavy-gauge saltwater trebles. Seeing that the Doc frequently tempted true cow bass, extra-heavy split rings were necessary to handle the strain of a fight far more violent than that of even true trophy muskies. What needed no tweaking, however, were the Doc’s sound system and profile.