Mike Fixter

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About Mike Fixter

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  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Surfcasting for striped bass
  • What I do for a living:
    Retired Firefighter (captain)
  1. Thanks for the additional pictures. It most likely is a plug I made but I'm wondering why it has no red glitter covering the chin weight hole? I also don't recall ever making a feathered tail hook like that. The lip & belly grommets certainly look like mine. I did make some using those big black swivels & that style of eye...…….. but very few of them. Although I have painted pikies with that "blurple" color scheme they were few & far between. Do you know much about the history of that plug? How did you acquire it? thanks, Mike
  2. Any possibility I could see a couple different pictures/angles on that plug? The tail wrap, tail hook feathers, eyes & a few other things look different from my typical work... thanks, Mike
  3. We did have a good time today.... even caught some stripers...… excellent chow!!!!!!!..... thank you very much to everyone who made it happen.....especially to Lineside Slayer for getting it all coordinated & serving up some outstanding grub..... can't say I've had stuffed calamari before..... but I want more!!!!. The raffle table had some cool stuff & thank you to all who donated. NorCalKat finally got some decent plugs for his bag by winning the casting contest. Double D & Alfred Packer each got plugs for driving the farthest... Walnut Creek & Mill Valley.......Nice to put names on faces I'd never seen before. Mike
  4. Madraz, what rod, reel & line are you using to cast buck tails? I get quite adequate distance with buck tails weighing 1 oz or more. Although if the fish are in close & conditions allow I will drop down to as light as 1/2 oz.
  5. Alfred P...… great post..... to answer your initial question... I fished an evening or 2 ago. A bit breezy at first & an outgoing tide with a lot of sweep going right to left. A beautiful trough dumping into a huge deep hole. Looked like the perfect darter spot so I tossed one or about 1/2 hour with no takers. Switched over to an assortment of large top water metal lips & let them swing with the current.... still no takers…. Tried an SP & no takers…. switched to a needlefish & no takers... Finally relented & put on a 1 1/2 oz white jetty caster bucktail with 6" curly tail trailer…..3rd cast.... landed a dink around 22". I got it far out on he end of my cast. I immediately switched back to a darter hoping something bigger might grab it.... No takers.... Went back to the bucktail & no more takers...… Walked south for 1/2 mile..... found a beautiful shallow sandbar with an abrupt drop off. Worked the bucktail along the drop off edge & nothing. Farted around there for another 1/2 hour with both wood & plastic = nothing. Walked back to the original spot that still looked good with the outgoing tide. Begrudgingly put the bucktail back on & 2nd cast landed another dink right in close on the inside edge of the trough..... stayed here & pounded the piss out of it for another 1/2 hour - 45 mins & nothing..... moral of the story…..not many hungry fish in that stretch of beach during my time spent there.... Typically if stripers are in the surf within casting range they have one purpose in mind...… FINDING FOOD...….& under most conditions if you present a lure to them properly... be it bucktail, SP or wood you are most likely going to get hit. All this being said.....as much as I like throwing top water I think a bucktail will produce more fish over the course of a season. Hopefully the above will e of some benefit to the reader.... Mike
  6. MMarkatello….. give me a call
  7. Would I be correct to assume the ZX2 series = second generation?
  8. I forget what year it was I started signing my plugs....... but for years prior to that the red glitter under the pikie chins indicated it was made by me. Then along came a very deceitful character from San Jose Ca. who added the red glitter to the chins of some knock off pikies & portrayed them to potential buyers as being Fixter pikies. So at that point I tried to make it a point to sign all my plugs. The pencil popper pictured above certainly looks like my work. BigNevadaBob...........I think your suspicions are accurate.
  9. Hey Brossi..... very nice!!!!!!! I see you've been fishing my hole again.....
  10. I'm curious how far up the slope the through wire loop can be & still maintain an erratic darting action. I am also wondering if there is any advantage to placing the through wire loop horizontal vs vertical? Thanks, Mike
  11. Do like Steel Pulse suggested...... make some test cuts as you reduce the amount of kerf....... being sure you don't remove to much kerf.. be careful on how you remove the kerf......I doubt if any method is OSHA approved Mike
  12. Test swim the plug with no weight & see how it behaves. Then (if necessary) do what MassMike recommended about various weights held in place with rubber bands. The buoyancy of the type of wood your using will also be a factor. Have fun.... Mike
  13. Holey Smokes GRS................... that is a gorgeous batch of plugs.
  14. Knowing BRossi every old Cottonwood stump around there has been scraped clean.....
  15. That sounds like very fun fishing... I love fishing around rocks..... If the fish are in close & you can reach them with a tiny crankbait you will experience a very different type of perch fishing.....the shallow running crankbaits can suspend above the snags...