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  1. Best budget small-sized surf bag for plugs?
  2. If y’all could fish only 5 plugs for the rest of your life for targeting (stripers, blues, etc) what would it be?
  3. 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?
  4. PayPal Friends and Family Prices Listed Accordingly next to assigned plug in picture. Lot Price $325 Shipped
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 1 Ruru Jointed $30 Shipped 1 Ruru Giant Metal Lip $30 Shipped 2 Alan’s Squids $25 Shipped Per 1 Rm Smith Squid Popper $40 Shipped
  11. Have these brand new Costa del mars Top of line Glass lens , Yellow lens sunrise silver mirror Blackfin Pros black frame They easily fit normal to large head They retail at 280$ looking for a couple high end plugs only like Mikes, CV etc
  12. Hi all, this is my first post so thanks for having me aboard! I hear somewhere that I’m obligated to present a joke, so here goes! How did the striper hurt the speckled trout’s feelings? He called him a weakfish This post is mainly to ask about other people’s experiences with GRS plugs! Particularly his slim and giant deep diving pikies. I have a couple of surface pikes from him but given the price, I’m debating whether it is worthwhile to get a medium or deep diver as well. Anyone have any experience with fishing the GRS plugs? I want to know how deep the medium and deep divers swim, and if its worthwhile to get one if I already have surface pikes. I’ve heard I can just bend the line tie up to make the surface plugs dive deeper.
  13. 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.
  14. Well, this is unfortunate. It is unfortunate that it seems to be a trend that had been going on for the last 6 or 8 months. I've ordered quite a few different plugs in the last couple years or so, and I must say that almost all have been very good quality. I will say that I do not order collector plugs. But things are changing.. Over the last 6 or 8 months as I've placed orders, things seem to have just went south. The quality, right out of the box is just not consistent, it isn't a problem of the plugs taking on water, or a paint chip problem down the road, its just a plug put into the bag and shiped out without a care to an obvious hardware or layout issue. I dont want to put names on here, as it ,on its own, with respect to each builder could have been isolated. But from my perspective, with multiple builders, over a period of time, its an issue. I dont know if others are seeing the same conditions, but I sure hope things take a turn from what I am seeing.
  15. I recently got into throwing custom plugs! I am was curious what everybody’s favorite set up is for this! I’m usually using a spinner because I’m out at night. I can’t be experimenting with a conventional just yet at night with these plugs! So, I went out for my first outing recently with a SS darter with a 8’ 1pc Tica2 and conflict 5000 loaded with 50 pound super slick original with 50 pd flouro as leader material. I’m not gonna lie, I really didn’t like not being able to feel my plug thumping away. I know they say that there’s not a lot of action to these darters, but I basically really couldn’t feel anything while slowly retrieving it back against the current! I was even trying to work it like an underwater slash bait and still didn’t feel the side to side action! I’ve been other places during a run and I noticed that it looked like they were mostly using 10-11 ft rods! Is this technically the norm for throwing these wood swimmers, needles and darters? Are they doing that for distance or does having the longer rod affect the way the plug swims? Many thanks in advance! EA
  16. Alright, so how to y'all deal with the family coming to visit and fish but wanting to use the plugs you spent hours or days on trying get in touch with? When the plugs start to feel right and you know them. The mojo is there. My nephews like to toss bait and sometimes plug, often when I'm at the beach they don't bring gear, which is fine, I got extra setups they use. But then comes the difficult part, the plug selection they participate in. I got MY plugs I use in my couple bags and some Plano flats. I takes a while as y'all know to get to know how each swims about. I try to steer them to the reusable shopping bag just about full of unfished plugs, still in the plastic bags with hook protectors on them. All kinds of custom plugs. I tell them to take whatever ones they want and have at it, take a Plano box and put the ones you use in there and take them for next time. BUT this seems not to work out thus far, they goto the boxes I keep and start in on MY plugs and ,me not wanting to be a selfish tool just shake my head and bear it. How do you deal with this stuff?
  17. Well, after grabbing a new rod to cast heavier metal lips this fall I am tasked with working with a faster action rod while trying to keep the metal lip cartwheeling to violently. So.. my thoughts are to try increasing the drop on the plug from the rod tip, while making a effort to not horse the plug too much. Have any of you found that the drop length of your casting plays a role on the flight characteristics of a Danny?
  18. This year has been the first I have tried night fishing with plugs for striped bass. The first night out I caught three of my best fish of the year and have been addicted ever since. I have several spots along the Southern Maine coast that are in rocky areas on the shoreline. Recently I have tried to try out the beaches to see if I could have similar success. I haven't quite figured it out yet. I live in an area with extremely flat beaches that don't have the "sandbar" type of build that many of the beaches south of Maine do. It is a long gradual sloping beach so it does not get deep very quickly. All of the research I have done recommends certain methods for targeting fish on sandbars and troughs, and I am wondering what tips might be out there for a more flat beach with active surf conditions. Any ideas?
  19. So, I’ve decided to get my feet wet and start fishing some custom plugs at the advice of some other members here! Although I don’t like to admit it, I don’t know a whole lot about custom plugs! I’m definitely learning what some of them are and who the makers are! I’ve played around with a couple different plugs, mostly top waters, as I love to work pencil poppers and always have! So, I don’t really need any help with the pencils! I guess my big question is, what plugs should I start out and stick with? I know everybody’s big on metal lips and darters and I think swarters lol, Pikies! I know there’s a bunch of different types of wood swimmers and such! So if anybody has any advice on what sizes and weights to start out with, I pretty much know what colors work around here! But, I would love to hear what most of you feel are the most productive costums, here in the Jersey Shore waters! And if it’s been asked before, apologies in advance lol! Thanks! EA
  20. Does anyone know what minnow lure the second one is (bunker patern)? I purchased it years ago and I'm not sure of the model or if they're still being manufactured..
  21. Dropping this post to get any feedback on the Outcast MagNeat plugs. Does the system aid in keeping the hooks out of the line? How do they cast compared to other related swimmers ?
  22. 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.
  23. Looking for ID and value of a few plugs I put away as "Rare" , wondering if any are worth anything.Preview attachment IMG_20220222_213810462.jpg #1 Asylum darter
  24. Cleaning out the garage. 12 PlugLabs plugs and 1 NorCalKat & Mike Fixter Collab Plug up for sale. Asking $55 ea for PlugLabs and $250 for the Collab Plug (#13 in the photos) plus flat rate shipping. The collab plug is #10 of 13 total. Paypal or Zelle
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