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post #1 of 37
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Why are they called pencil poppers and which are recommended for Montauk? I know you need 2-3 oz for out there. Whats different about pencils than regular plugs? Just trying to get a handle on this.
post #2 of 37
Pencil popper
You put the but of your rod between your knees and grab the rod just under the first guide (this is general stuff , you will have to find your comfort level).When the plug hits the water you start moving your blank back and fort in a "whipping "motion.
While you doing that you reel only fast enough so the pencil popper is slapping the water side to side (or left to right) .
It is an incredible imitation of injured baitfish and a fish magnet in the fall when predators have a feed bag on.
post #3 of 37
There's nothing like a big bass crashing a pencil. What a rush!!!

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post #4 of 37
Jeff...indeed, they are a must for our trip next month. The Lex pencils that Tim sells here worked well for me. White is a prevalent color, although I'll have the blue and yellow as well.

2 to 3 oz is good.

We'll be talking tackle at the next meeting. I know that only give ya over a week to the trip, but it'll help.

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post #5 of 37
Fiberglass rods are better for working the pencil as they are more "whippy" where graphite rods are stiffer and make work a pencil alittle tougher, use a longer length rod for the 2-3 oz pencils out in Montauk to handle the plug weight and hopefully the fish! Do some tricep exercises because working a pencil over time is demanding.
post #6 of 37
Gibbs Lures are the best by far. Stan Originated it and white and yellow are the best colors. 1.5 OZ, 2 OZ. and 2.75 OZ. BEWARE IMITATIONS! USE GIBBS!!
post #7 of 37
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Originally posted by Stoker1:
Fiberglass rods are better for working the pencil as they are more "whippy" where graphite rods are stiffer and make work a pencil alittle tougher, use a longer length rod for the 2-3 oz pencils out in Montauk to handle the plug weight and hopefully the fish! Do some tricep exercises because working a pencil over time is demanding.


A fellow club member uses braided line (with a graphite rod) and he says it's real easy to work the plug. Just make sure not to yank the plug out of the fish's mouth on the strike.

Also, I lock my arm and use my upper body to work pencil poppers. I find it a bit easier that way.


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Peter
Striper Surf Club, Inc.
post #8 of 37
They're called pencil poppers because with your rod between your legs and all that forearm action, it looks like you're working your pencil!

Don't mind me. Sleep deprivation this week.
post #9 of 37
I was always told that if your working it right the plug should take a long while to be retrieved. Between the distance the plug flies and its side to side movement, rather than chugging straight in, slowwww is the beauty of the pencil. With a little current you can almost stop the plug in the strike zone, while still moving side to side, waiting for the strike.
post #10 of 37
Pencil poppers are the best! I love to use em! The yellow and white followed by blue and white 2oz. I've had fish to about 30lbs on them. Don't really are for Gibbs cause I've had the front swivel break off on a few fish. Goood luck.
post #11 of 37
It's also important, I think, to add that the right part of the rod should be "whippy". A good pencil popper rod should have a medium or parabolic flex, so the whole upper half of the rod is involved in making the plug work.
post #12 of 37
Hmm, if you've ever fished freshwater or saltwater with a zara spook, its the same principal...a.k.a "walking the dog". It looks like an injured needlefish/mullet, and works great during the fall runs especially.
post #13 of 37
The funny thing about pencil poppers is they will sometimes raise fish when no other plug will!Yesterday morning casting at sunrise I threw surface poppers,swiming plugs,tins no takers tied on a cordell red and white pencil with the rattle.got hit three times on one retrieve but could'nt hook up At this point I felt the fish were sending me a message something like see we are here its just your presentation that stinks!
post #14 of 37
Only Gibbs????????????I don't know those plastic Cotton Cordels catch fish pretty well at times. The Hawg Hunter made some good catching plugs too may he rest in peace.

We need to get Dave to make a batch and give us samples to test for him.
post #15 of 37
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Gibbs Lures are the best by far. Stan Originated it and white and yellow are the best colors. 1.5 OZ, 2 OZ. and 2.75 OZ. BEWARE IMITATIONS! USE GIBBS!!


Me agree with the Flaptail! Even though I am a pikie fanatic, I have to say that I catch more fish on Stan Gibbs pencil poppers. The action of a pencil popper could best be described as a hunter instict lure. Think of a cat chasing a small item attached to a line. You intice the cat by triggering that hunter instinct that all predators have in them.
Pencil poppers are instinct triggers to stripers. They just can't help themselves.
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