Mainefishhunter7737

New England Striper Plugs

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21 mins ago, Mainefishhunter7737 said:

I've tried pencil poppers but I haven't even gotten 1 hit

They're really only effective during surface feeds or in skinny surf conditions, though fished with the right rythm they can pull fish up from the bottom.

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In 2017  pencil poppers  caught about 50% of my striper catch for the year about 300 fish on pencils. First year I really used one. This  homemade  wooden one in pic was the big catcher. This plug produced from May-October. Mostly smaller fish with a handful in the 28-34" range. SP's caught the bigger fish for me that year. Last year 2018 a real bust on all fronts. No big fish, numbers way down, what a difference from previous year. Fish were just not around my area  period. Went from one of my best years in 2017 to one of my worst. 

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2 mins ago, Livliner said:

In 2017  pencil poppers  caught about 50% of my striper catch for the year about 300 fish on pencils. First year I really used one. This  homemade  wooden one in pic was the big catcher. This plug produced from May-October. Mostly smaller fish with a handful in the 28-34" range. SP's caught the bigger fish for me that year. Last year 2018 a real bust on all fronts. No big fish, numbers way down, what a difference from previous year. Fish were just not around my area  period. Went from one of my best years in 2017 to one of my worst. 

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how did you make that?

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2 hours ago, Mainefishhunter7737 said:

I've tried pencil poppers but I haven't even gotten 1 hit

It’s about a certain cadence at the right time.

timing is more key then all on pencil. No one rule set in stone.

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Mainefishhunter- I can't take credit for making that pencil. My talented cousin made it. It's thru wired and weighted. It is about done now, water logged and beat up. I sanded and repainted mid-season but its not swimming like it used to. I am now loading Cordell's.

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6 hours ago, Mainefishhunter7737 said:

I've tried pencil poppers but I haven't even gotten 1 hit

They are a specialized lure for particular situations such as when stripers have a surface blitz going on. I rarely use poppers as a search lure for stripers unless I'm fishing at sunrise or sunset.

 

However, when I'm fishing for blues, a popper on a beach is one of my search lures that will usually find feeding blues if they are around.

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I've got an old, silver, plastic popper that can double as a maraca.  Rod action (long jerk) can make it dive and the color and sound close the deal.  I believe it was billed as a bluefish lure.  Stripers love it.

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I think the real defining factors are when, where, and what bait is in the area. Those factors will help pinpoint what might be the most effective plugs and presentations on a given night.

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