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was just digging through my closet and found an old receipt from John with no charges on it. It was from when he sent me plugs for the Kevin Schneider memorial surf tournament I held to raise money for a family that I knew from surf fishing on the SJ bass site. He was a great man I miss him.

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was just digging through my closet and found an old receipt from John with no charges on it. It was from when he sent me plugs for the Kevin Schneider memorial surf tournament I held to raise money for a family that I knew from surf fishing on the SJ bass site. He was a great man I miss him.

 

Found it interesting that this thread was "resurrected". John Habs Sr. comes up time and again as people trade on his plugs. I never met the man directly, but had a great conversation with him on the phone, following up on an internet / website order. I don't really know if it's true / accurate but I credit him with taking fly fishing / tying technique and applying it to his wooden plugs. I first saw his stuff at the SaltwaterEdge store in Newport, RI. And it was the first time I saw a plug with large plastic eyes embedded within the plug. It seemed to me to make WAY too much sense to do that ... but it wasn't being done on popular manufactured plugs.

 

Gibbs certainly wasn't doing that (back then). And plug making kits didn't seem to exist for wood units. So after he got some traction in selling his plugs ... others followed suit. Imitation ... the highest form of flattery. 

 

But yes he seemed to be a really nice guy ... easy to talk to ... and not a bad word spoken about him (at any Striper Forum I've been too). That in the end is the truest  & highest of compliments.

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