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  1. I know people and personally have, loaded poppers and other plugs but was wondering what heavy plastics/plugs/swimbaits (2oz-3.5oz) and less than (5-6.5in) long there were. I dislike using a trolling sinker and then connecting a leader to the plug as it sometimes messes with the action. Any recs?
  2. Greetings, I just joined and was interested in those who collect lures and what screw tails Bomber Long A's any one had. I have over 200 and I know I am missing 80+ colors. Bomber made so many variants on top of all the different color patterns. I am still missing a Pumpkinseed color.
  3. Im torn on which flatlander plug bag to order. Anyone have any pics they can share of their high low bags loaded with plugs? Trying to get a visual of the capacity. thank you!
  4. It’s crazy how brazen people are trying to resell dirt cheap unbranded plugs, these are the exact same set of lures, you can find even find them on Amazon for $20 with free shipping. The real problem is that many surfcasters are actually dumb enough to buy this for $50, if you don’t believe me just look at all the brands in the northeast doing the same thing (JandH, madd mantis, Joe baggs, etc). Because of the SOL rules you aren’t even allowed to call it out on the post itself.
  5. Does anyone on here have good experience using UV epoxy on plugs? A few years ago I tried out some of the solarez UV polyester which advertises that it can be used as a lure clear coat. It was by far the weakest clear coat Ive seen, Im not exaggerating when i say it was as brittle as an eggshell, a foot high drop would crack it.
  6. Hey yall, im just wondering your opinions on what I should throw and what colors from around 3 hours before first light to sunrise. My only problem is that high tide on thanksgiving is going to be around 4:30 am and sunrise around 6:50. So I am unsure what to do and what to throw. Any advice is greatly appreciated! The beach im planning on walking is pretty deep with a steeper drop off at high.
  7. Looking for the shortest heavy plug that is 2.25-3.5oz. Below I listed some I have found in a somewhat reasonable price range for targeting stripers and bluefish. Any recommendations? -Atom Atomizer (3oz) -Atom Striper Swiper (3oz) -Super Strike Little Neck Poppers (6in/3oz size) (sinking) -Madd Mantis Cherry Popper (5.31in/2.61oz) (floating) -Gibbs Polaris Popper 3-1/2oz
  8. $50 + $5 shipping any lot Free shipping with multiple PayPal, Cashapp or Venmo Popper's - 2 Yo Zuri's, top one is used the second is new -2 SuperStrikes both new, floating and sinker. SP MINNOW's-SOLD - 6 Floating 15F - 1 Bullet 15FS Bomber/Redfins - Bombers Windcheater, Magnum and Long A jointed - 2 Redfins loaded with birdshot and 1 drilled but unloaded. - Unknown builders lot Mixed lot - Guides Choice Bunka Boy and Striper Slider both marked/fished - Gaynes Maverick's - Tony Stetzko Mr. WIGGLY Pencil/Bottle plugs - Guides Secret Poppa pencil, storage marks but never fished - Gibbs Bottle plug, new - Northbar and Sporting Wood bottle darters, both fished. Swimmers lot - 2 Rapala X-rap long cast - Yo Zuri Crystal minnow - Tactical Anglers Darter and Stalker - Creekchub Surfster metal lip. Soft Plastic lot - 6 Shads, 7" and 6" - 10 Got Stryper tails 9" - 15 Black Sluggos 9" - 20 MegaShads 9" Metal jig lot - 5x 3oz - 1x 2.5oz - 5x 2oz
  9. I'm thinking about switching to Tactical Anglers clips. Plenty of knockoffs on Jeff's Hard Labor Emporium (amazon) but I'm going with the name brand ones. I should mention that I'm a baby. This is only my second season fishing "seriously." Can't wait for the 15th! (more like the middle of may, amirite) I used to tie improved clinch. I kept hearing that affects action. so I go with the loop knot, but then I encountered problems when it came to tie a new lure onto the rig. It really sucks having to palomar a swivel, leader, and lure in a stiff wind. Don't even get me started on braid's audacity to end up wrapped around flouro or mono. So, I heard about these clips, and thought oh great an awesome way to quickly change! Then paranoia set in. Will the fish see the clip and not bite? Will it bend out? Does it affect knots? Etc. I'd like to hear some experiences before I go spending my janitor's salary on some fancy clips.
  10. @Steel Pulse I’m looking for some help finding tooling for my Vega. Someone pointed me in your direction.
  11. What are your favorite early season (based on NYS regs} striper lures? I fish mostly back bays on the north shore of Long Island. Maybe time of year is not all that significant but I would like to hear peoples' preferences.
  12. What lure do you find to be your favorite or best producing plug in your bag? Perhaps it's just something you never fish without. For me it's a white darter, preferable a ss one. After a few seasons of throwing everything I got I found that nothing finds the fish quite like a white darter from a breachway. Mikes, CCW and a load of other white darters also work really well, but I just seem to always throw the white ss Darter when the fishing gets tuff or when trying to see if there's anything around, because big or small they fool them all.
  13. I just stocked up on sp minnows and cracked open the packages to switch up the hardware. I pulled out the 3/0 VMCs to put on the 17 size so minnow and realized the hooks on the plug seem to be carbon copies of a 3/0 vmc. Did they start putting good hardware on these things? If so, did the do it for the 15 and 13 size as well? I did do a quick search and couldn’t seem find any topics on it. Thanks in advance.
  14. It seems these are the hottest thing going right now. I have not fished one yet so please share your experience if you have, good or bad. How about the lures that are similar like Alans Custom or others?
  15. I'm Selling a Custom Made Cape Cod Canal Lure Bag that I purchased 25 years ago and I also added the Van Staal Patch. It's a Heavy Duty Surf Bag as pictures will show. It measures 7 3/4 inches in height and 12 inches long top and bottom and 8 inches wide. Back Pocket is 4 1/2 wide and Front Pocket 3 1/2 inches wide. It also has 6 Bucktail Holders. I don't know who made bag maybe SC will know. I'm asking $550.00 or $575.00 shipped. I'm in Suffolk County Long Island. Thank You rreelman!
  16. Lures for sale - $5 Shipping - PayPal More pics available upon request. 3. Goo Goo eye Hustler in plastic case-$25 4. Masterlure Large Snook swimmer- Fished-$25 5. 1st gen #100 Goo Goo eye -$25 6. Krystock Conn yankee- fished-$25 7. 2nd gen Mini Goo Goo eye, has some age paint lines-$30 8. Tough Rainbow color Goo Goo eye, has so.e points and scuff-$35 9. Multi color Goo Goo eye, has so.e points-$35 10. Signed unused Cinto lure-$40 11. Signed unused Cinto Lure-$40 12. Signed unused Cinto lure-$40 13. Signed unused Cinto lure-$40
  17. I want to use lures from a small boat. Other than jig heads to add weight I was looking at Trolling sinkers and California rigs. Any recommendations or feed back including weight choice? Want to troll, jig and cast lures from boat primarily for blues and striped bass.
  18. Hi All - Hoping some of you can point me in the right direction. I fish the salt 99% of the time but do some trout fishing every now and then as it's convenient and I grew up doing this type of fishing. I currently have a St Croix Premier 7' UL. It works great for bouncing worms or eggs off the bottom in rivers/streams. I went recently and started throwing some rapalas and other small (2-3") swimmers but missed every single hit. I think the rod is just too soft to set the hook. Can anyone point me to a rod or rod rating that will have more back bone to drive home a hook set but also versatile enough to throw a meal worm and a split shot? I see the Premier series offers a ML and also a M but not sure which one would be best. Also open to other rods as well. Thanks! Fluke
  19. Hello all, I have recently made a document about false albacore and different things about albies, let me know what you guys think and what I should edit! False Albacore Research by Anthony Carbone.pdf
  20. i'm in california, fishing a couple unstocked small lakes (3 to 7 acres) near my house. so, urban, shore fishing. everyone is going for panfish, lmb, catfish, and the occasional trout (when they are stocked). almost everyone uses bobbers and bait, and artificial baits. they set their rods out on spikes, bobbers, and sit with their bait or powerbait on their hooks. i'm a pretty active type person, so i seem to like lures. i'm using kastmasters and mepps - small lures, 1/8 oz or less, 8# mono, a fenwick ultralight rod. no leader. i may jig by the shore, if it's deep. otherwise i cast and try different depths out in the middle of the lake. other times i run my lure along the shore, avoiding snags. so i figure i'm learning how to use these lures, which to me takes some practice. am i okay sticking almost solely to metal for these fish, or should i try other methods in addition to the spoons i'm using, such as swim baits, or even bait. and when i'm casting to the middle of the pond, it just seems so vast for bait. isn't metal better for the deeper parts, due to the lack of visibility?
  21. These seemingly popular lures have been around for a long time, and production has switched hands a couple times. I've never used one but I've been interested in them all along. However, recently, it seems like i'm seeing more and more reports of these new spoolteks having cable issues, whether it is that they don't deploy as they should or that the cable breaks on the initial hit. What are your experiences with these? Is the lure designed that should the cable break you can replace it or when it breaks the lure is toast?
  22. Sorry if I haven't followed the procedure correctly, this is my first post here... Wondering how effective topwaters are in the wind for striped bass. I've been able to have luck with topwaters and bluefish when they're on the feed, but haven't had much with topwaters and striped bass in the wind lately. ALSO... If it's calm, are topwaters always the go-to lure, even if I am fishing from a boat? If not, when should I know when to switch?
  23. Recently came into possession of these lures, wondering which ones are the top performers of the bunch.
  24. This is my current rotation for my beach surfcasting, and I was thing of changing some hooks and even the split rings in the lures. What size hooks should I use, and do you suggest switching to treble hooks instead of the single hooks, or should I keep it that way ( only reason I switched to single is because I have been hooked before) (currently have mustard demon circle hooks ( 5/0 , 6/0 ) If you have any more recommendations and have some suggestions let me know. I currently fish off the beach but I am trying to adjust to jetty fishing Thank you for your advice, Have a safe 4th --- MAK IMG_1424.heic IMG_1422.heic
  25. Hypothetically, if one wanted to learn how to get started on building their own lures and plugs, how would they get the stuff and make the lures? I've got a metal lathe that should also work for wood - that seems to be the important thing. Basically just wondering where to begin - I want to keep it small at first, upscale if I like it. Any books/videos/other informational outlets you would recommend? Thanks! Patrick
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