Sir Defyable

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  1. I agree with this 100%. At least where I fish, SPs rank among my last plugs to clip on. They still make their way into the bag, but you just can't work them shallow enough in my experience. I like the Bomber A plugs in bigger sizes (and jointed) but I feel I'm in the minority in using mostly the LongShot bombers. I would say those are overlooked in the Bomber lineup even though they work very well in my waters. Chicken scratch isn't a good color though, I recommend people leave those on the shelf
  2. I’m glad you asked since any Redfin fan would feel blueballed discovering for themselves. It looks like a “load port” at first glance, with a flathead slot to unscrew it. When you look closer it’s just a small weight (lead probably) and the seam of the plastic that makes it look like a screw head. But can you imagine if it was a load port?
  3. I've been debating to shed any light on this plug but this seems like the right conversation to bring it up. Honestly I had very low expectations when I tried one and was convinced the fish I was catching were just a fluke- until like the 30th good fish I hooked into when nothing else was producing. Apologies if I am unaware of a following, but to those who haven't seen one, this is a Berkeley Surge Shad And anybody who likes Redfins will like this plug if you give it a try, especially since the price is right. No 7" equivalent (as far as I know) but this 130mm is still going to be a familiar size for most (^Quick size/profile comparison^) Pros include better casting compared to a stock redfin (less likely to knuckleball) and the hook hangars seem sturdier even if slightly undersized (by diameter) in my opinion. Cons are mainly that the hooks still need to be swapped, and relative to SP/HM it's only getting average casting distance. Most importantly, the action is spot on, redfin-style deadly. Great feedback, and maybe slightly better in choppier water. It could very well be a clone for all I know. If you catch well with Redfins already, you won't have any urge to try something new and honestly I like both. The "Redfin routine" got old for me, though the hook replacement on these Surges took some learning time, and the color options are a breath of fresh air. The black slithers along the surface even at the slowest retrieve and in skinny water it's quickly becoming one of my favorites. If you want to try a new plug, give this one a shot!
  4. I drove down to the water a few weeks ago just to tease myself staring at the water and there was a guy in a canoe paddling around a popular boat launch (floating dock wasn't even in the water yet) and he was more than a little drunk and disturbing the residents close by. Somebody must have called it in as there were DEEP officers and police waiting for him to come ashore. I have no idea how long he was stalling before I got there but he caved after 15 minutes or so and came to shore, and got questioned pretty vigorously shortly after. I heard him say his brother dropped him off which turns out was a true story, but the cops were happy to nail him for public intoxication either way. The DEEP guy brought up several citations/fines including the lack of PFD and the guy didn't know what was so the officer clarified it for him. He said "Officer, I was born with a personal flotation device in my pants!" As much as I hate those kind of people, I'm pretty sure all the officers couldn't resist a smile for that comment. Needless to say, the fact somebody died as a result of not having a PFD is no laughing matter, and is truly a shame.
  5. Rod selection is highly subjective, but in my humble opinion, a med/heavy Lamiglas Black could be the best value option out there ($130) but there are plenty of good options above and below that price point. Tsunami has the market cornered for lower priced rods, their classic spinning med/heavy models can be found for $65 and are a staple on my boat for fluking. The BG is a great reel, and likely the best value for jigging from a boat, but my preference would be a Shimano Spheros Inshore if you are casting from a boat. The reel is a rebranded Stradic FK, and the worm gear leads to great line lay and casts like a dream, all metal body too. The 4000 size is about the same as a BG3000, slightly less line capacity based on my experience (I'm sure you can Google that definitively) but that won't matter even on bigger fish. You can look at the newer Stradics if the budget allows (very nice to fish) but the Spheros Inshore is equal to your task for sure. I live in SE CT and fish the state's rivers for striper very regularly, from boat and shore. I can't offer any locations, not that it is that easy anyway, but if you PM me where you plan to fish I can at least simplify your tackle selection down to a handful of presentations. Finding them is the hard part, catching them when they are in rivers is actually very easy. Good luck out there
  6. I have wicked bad eyes and it was a tough pill to swallow having to shell out $800 for just one pair of polarized shades when my regular sunglasses were around $500. I'm going to need some convincing that different colored mirror finishes will make a significant difference... Backup plan is to close my eyes while fishing during the day it will be just like night fishing
  7. Constantly having to tell your wife that there's nothing dangerous about surfcasting at night in the middle of a storm
  8. Plat. Most of the parts you are looking for and the turn around time is fantastic. I got 2-day shipping on a Catalina from f*&%$g Japan and I get all my BG parts from there too.
  9. Giant swimmers, 3oz. There might be a “big eye” in the name too I wish my memory was better about the names
  10. Those are RMs and I’m a big fan of those in particular
  11. Honestly I’m okay with it since it’s bound to get beat up over time anyway and I’m sure it will catch. I may reach out to let him know just in case there could be a new paint or process they are using that would lead to this happening. Who knows maybe he will try to make it right in the process.
  12. I have my reservations about Poombah after I took a new spook out for a spin and it looked like this:
  13. I hear people use oil slick and gasoline interchangeably, but then some people call this color gasoline: Which doesn’t help in figuring out what color they are referring to. Unrelated to the original subject, I really like this color on smaller SPs, especially early in the season, but that picture isn’t really an accurate depiction of that color: Figured I’d throw that tidbit in there in case anybody comes across that color when shopping online, though it’s still a good pattern fwiw
  14. The TDs are a similar profile, but smaller sizes and suspending. Great early season baits, but hard to find for cheaper than SPs. I only have 120s (I think) but here’s size comparison to SP sizes: It’s barely thinner too but hard to tell in the picture
  15. I'm sure this won't apply to all CT anglers (especially fishing in rivers) but for those who fish strong, shallow current rips off the beaches you will find that packing a needle that "seems" too heavy isn't a thing. I've found with needlefish the plug can only be too light in current, and I don't think a floater in these conditions would ever be a good choice. Compared to a swimmer (like a redfin or bomber) that can be run shallow in calm water, the current will drag anything with a lip too deep and snag me on all the surrounding structure. Needles will rise with the strength of the current and are easier to control as a result. If you fish a tide that builds up steam over a few hours, you may have to switch plugs from what was working earlier in the night to something heavier, in order to maintain the same presentation. The opposite is true when the tide weakens of course. I'm a black/blurple needle guy, even though I have many yellow, white and various green shaded needles, I just stick with what I know I guess. A friend gifted me a SS Bullet recently which is a profile I haven't fished before, so I am excited to give that a whirl to see what the difference is. Overall, great plug for catching and casting purposes as well. It's been touched on here but I'll reiterate that sometimes it's the best choice since nothing casts quite like a well-designed heavy needle does, and reaching the fish is sometimes the biggest obstacle to overcome. Even when the fish are at your feet, it's still a good choice in the conditions I mentioned above.