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Re: Now I remember....
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2019, 12:50 PM »
Noreaster Joe.  I couldnt fish the tip amongst east 10-15fters.  (Not exagerating) so I was forced to fish the middle and inside the jetty during outgoing.  The first bass I hooked...ran straight out...normally we'd turn those fish to the soft side.  Unfortunately I couldn't get to the tip...the bass turned into the jetty and got smashed between the rocks.  I could feel it connected so I stuck that combo in the rocks.  So I figured id wait until morning when the tide dropped, and go in and retrieve my fish.  I picked up my second combo tied on a slope head....got smacked and that fish rain up deeper into the breach and cut me off on the rocks.  That occured 3 or 4 times before the cost of plug lost plus the emotional damage of losing fish in conditions I didn't think Id ever hook up in caused me to quit and wait for sunrise.  I took a nap on the jetty. 

Morning came...I noticed my line was limp...the wave action cut my leader and the bass and plug were gone.  Probably for the better...no way I could have retrieved the surf was massive still.

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« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2019, 01:36 PM »
I have a divers license. Ill check the Jetty for you pal!

Joe - clearly you stated that they are a ton of work. However, if you were ever up for it, I would pay you whatever you wanted for one of those as long as you signed it before coating it. Would be one hell of a b-day present for my son when he is older. Not too mention a story to go with it.

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Re: Now I remember....
« Reply #17 on: May 15, 2019, 02:29 PM »
Guy in my card league's son makes custom plugs.  I play with the guys father who is 93 and is still sharp as ever and makes a few lures here and there.  Mike's Custom Plugs is the company for the son.  They look pretty impressive.  I don't own any but curious if you guys have ever used any of his lures.
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Re: Now I remember....
« Reply #18 on: May 15, 2019, 04:56 PM »
Guy in my card league's son makes custom plugs.  I play with the guys father who is 93 and is still sharp as ever and makes a few lures here and there.  Mike's Custom Plugs is the company for the son.  They look pretty impressive.  I don't own any but curious if you guys have ever used any of his lures.
Guy is a legend in the plug building world. Makes some amazing plugs.

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« Reply #19 on: May 15, 2019, 05:33 PM »
Guy in my card league's son makes custom plugs.  I play with the guys father who is 93 and is still sharp as ever and makes a few lures here and there.  Mike's Custom Plugs is the company for the son.  They look pretty impressive.  I don't own any but curious if you guys have ever used any of his lures.

Used to fish with him frequently.  His dad is the man!  The plugs work fine indeed.  However the jointed eel is legendary in its own right based of sheer poundage...it took a while to get confident with such a large plug but after time it became a top contender on every trip.  I had one that Joe's friend made (to Joe's spec) that caught stripers from Montauk to Maine before we parted ways!

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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2019, 05:45 PM »
Used to fish with him frequently.  His dad is the man!  The plugs work fine indeed.  However the jointed eel is legendary in its own right based of sheer poundage...it took a while to get confident with such a large plug but after time it became a top contender on every trip.  I had one that Joe's friend made (to Joe's spec) that caught stripers from Montauk to Maine before we parted ways!
Jon, what color was yours...I make a jointed bottle plug as well..I only have 2 of those left...Ill post some plug pictures latter,  I  don't sell because it would cost more than most people are willing to pay ...Liz at surf land asks me every time I see her if I'll sell her plugs to sell.

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Re: Now I remember....
« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2019, 07:25 PM »
A little plug porn


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« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2019, 07:35 PM »
I had both the olive and brown colors.  Love the reverse bottle plug.  I miss the plug game.  I got good at jigging and stuck with it for years...then eels in the surf.  I got back to swinging darters last year.  That was highly successful.  Perhaps I ought to plug again...

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« Reply #23 on: May 15, 2019, 07:52 PM »
I had both the olive and brown colors.  Love the reverse bottle plug.  I miss the plug game.  I got good at jigging and stuck with it for years...then eels in the surf.  I got back to swinging darters last year.  That was highly successful.  Perhaps I ought to plug again...

Versatility is the key, best known as an eel slinger,I use every tool at my disposal, plugs,jigs, soft Plastics  etc.including a 10wt. Fly rod that has taken fish to 38lbs when they were sipping rain bait like a brook trout..

I've developed a darter that I use along the beach,it's 5" and 2 ounces, but instead of birch, I use red cedar and use added weight to give it action, it needs very little current, and provokes vicious strikes by sweeping the rod and then twitching it like a spook, intermittant rest between sweeps ,parrot and white seem to be the best colors, pink seems best in twilight and bright moon light.
I've got to do some more digging,  I've got plugs EVERYWHERE.

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« Reply #24 on: May 15, 2019, 07:57 PM »
Its an easy habit to get into.  Back years ago I was skipping the crappy tides and taking 3 hr rides to winchendon to turn plugs with Jimmy. 

Funny you mention those colors.  Ive done surprisingly well with the parrot at night.  Granted I'm just tossing super strikes nothing special but they do work.

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« Reply #25 on: May 15, 2019, 08:12 PM »
Its an easy habit to get into.  Back years ago I was skipping the crappy tides and taking 3 hr rides to winchendon to turn plugs with Jimmy. 

Funny you mention those colors.  Ive done surprisingly well with the parrot at night.  Granted I'm just tossing super strikes nothing special but they do work.

If  you know how to work a plug, you can catch a fish on a stick with hooks,as you know, plug fishing is alot more detailed than just chuck and reel...

Was going to fish tonight, but had a new set of tires put on my truck... should have went fis8, it would have been cheaper! :o

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Re: Now I remember....
« Reply #26 on: May 15, 2019, 08:52 PM »
Ha I just had that done last week.  285-45-22's.  Not cheap...I did fish tonight...but it was nymphing for trout followed by a few swings of some big sculpin steamers.  Educated a few on the nymphs.  Streamers went untouched....water temp a tad cold where I was. 

Memorial day weekend I kick off the season.  Last year was a bust year before I landed a 37lber.  Its gone back and forth for years in big fish that weekend.  If it gets busy Ill go to cowtown.  The internet doesn't know where cowtown is Joe!!!

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Re: Now I remember....
« Reply #27 on: May 15, 2019, 09:11 PM »
Ha I just had that done last week.  285-45-22's.  Not cheap...I did fish tonight...but it was nymphing for trout followed by a few swings of some big sculpin steamers.  Educated a few on the nymphs.  Streamers went untouched....water temp a tad cold where I was. 

Memorial day weekend I kick off the season.  Last year was a bust year before I landed a 37lber.  Its gone back and forth for years in big fish that weekend.  If it gets busy Ill go to cowtown.  The internet doesn't know where cowtown is Joe!!!

Yea, I bought Bridgestone Dueled Revo 3 AT 265/70/ 18 E.. as you said not cheap.

Water is real cold, kudos for trying,should warm up next week from the look of the long range,,  alot of debris in the river here,, plugging my eel traps, but I'm still getting some, main migration is in june,Memorial day is a good kick off, we usually see our first Mac's then, fat bottom girls will be close behind..
I love this time if year, it gets better each day.last year was pretty good here, 2019 has been good so far(ice fishing), now it's time for the real fishing to begin.

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Re: Now I remember....
« Reply #28 on: May 16, 2019, 08:15 AM »
Jon, what color was yours...I make a jointed bottle plug as well..I only have 2 of those left...Ill post some plug pictures latter,  I  don't sell because it would cost more than most people are willing to pay ...Liz at surf land asks me every time I see her if I'll sell her plugs to sell.

I think you'd be surprised at how much people would pay for a high quality plug.  Mike's father was saying that the more he charges the faster the plugs seem to sell.  It is however a huge time investment to produce them at that quality and for retail purposes.
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Re: Now I remember....
« Reply #29 on: May 16, 2019, 08:46 AM »
I think you'd be surprised at how much people would pay for a high quality plug.  Mike's father was saying that the more he charges the faster the plugs seem to sell.  It is however a huge time investment to produce them at that quality and for retail purposes.
I've been making plugs for 40 years,,my investment was paid for years ago,I've got jigs and patterns made for over 30 styles of plugs, it's the labor that goes into the production of a true custom plug that makes them so expensive, very few builders hydro orient each and every plug,then weight,and test it before sealing it ,I've caught fish on prototype plugs that were bare wood and unweighted,and not even sealed, sometimes it doesn't matter..everything is labor intensive, comercial builders just can't spend that amount of time and turn a profit, I get requests from people and bait shops all the time,I'm not interested.its a hobby I've been doing most of my adult life, selling them would take that pleasure away.

 



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