If you want to top water fish, the hits on these
needles can be EXPLOSIVE!Saltwater Sandeel Needle Plug 1oz
These lures have been used world-wide on many species with the same success!
CNC Turned, sealed
against water intrusion for maximum durability, and hand painted.
Weighted perfectly for optimum presentation! Machine tied bucktail with
Mirage flash on the rear hook for the ultimate in durability!
VMC Permasteel 4X strong 1/0 Belly hook, 4/0 tail hook, 150 lbs swivels and
2X strong Rosco 90 lb split rings.
Stainless Steel hardware used when possible.
Holographic eyes for maximum effect! Through wired for maximum strength!
I make all my plugs standard with Siwash hooks for best
Proper presentation of a needle plug is to cast, then slowly retrieve while occasionally twitching the rod tip to impart a "injured baitfish" look to the lure. Keep the rod tip up while reeling and maintain contact with the lure, or this lure can be worked to "walk the dog", or dredge the bottom and jerk your rod tip slowly!
These are a very versatile lure and will catch fish all different ways! The 1 oz stubby needlefish is neutrally buoyant and will very slowly suspend/sink if allowed to drift. These are absolute killer sand-eel imitations!
I receive letters and notes from many people who fish my lures. The common theme seems to be large fish :)
Salty (or is it Mr. Bugger?),
I pull into the lot at the top or the hill and wait for my buddy to arrive. I chill to WBRU for 15 min., but no Jay. Oh well, he knows where I'll be. Grab my rods, plugs and korkers and head down the winding road to Watch Hill light. Two guys headed the opposite direction- 'nothing going on' I think to myself as we pass without a word exchanged. No matter-this is my time to fish, so I stride on.
I'm sitting on the concrete wall strapping on my korkers when a gentleman approaches on his way out. "Not much happening. Guys said they had a couple rats earlier, but that's it." He heads off to his fourth stop of the young day, and I climb down onto the rip-rap and head around the point. It's 4:30 AM.
One guy fishing the SE corner. That's fine. I want the SW corner. The surf from Saturday's ENE wind will be spilling over the rocks in front of the light, and the bass, as they often do here under such conditions, will be patrolling the white water just beyond the pointed rock on the SW corner.
A little further into the darkness and I'm at the SW corner. Score-no one here! Just one guy 75' to the north. Plenty of room for me to slide into the honey hole. I clip a plug onto my Breakaway clip (try them, they seem to work great)! and fire into the strike zone. Good- no weeds. Ten or so casts later I swing my plug in, flip on my light and give it the once over. Looks good. Light off. What's this? The eyes are glowing. Cool! I heave it out again. One crank, two cranks, three cranks... a few more cranks- WHAMMO!
Some head shaking. Some strong bull dogging. A short run here. Some more bull dogging followed by another short run. I'm really laying into the fish with my heavy 10-6 with fresh 20 lb. Suffix mono (great line!- try it) on my Shimano. Maybe I should back the drag off a little, just in case the line's chafed a rock. A few minutes pass, and I steer her around some rocks.
'Careful now, she's getting close' I think to myself. I switch my light on to find her-whoa-good fish. I grab the leader and lift her head-she's well hooked so I take a double wrap of the leader around my gloved hand and hoist away. 'Good fish indeed' I'm thinking as I climb up to the base of the wall.
My plug's been engulfed. The siwash is beneath her tongue and the forward VMC is securely lodged in her upper lip. Back hook's out (it's always easier when you can just stick your hand in there)- now for the front. Got it. Wow! 'I should measure this thing'. I lay my rod along her dorsal side, align the butt cap with the fork of the tail. Now I check my tape marks. Way past the 30" mark- she's up to my second mark! I grab her by the lip and climb down to the water-a wave rolls in-and I slide her in head first. She's on her way.
Forty inches! My biggest striper, shore or boat, to date, and hooked after fishing for less than 20 minutes in a spot already hammered by other anglers. The secret weapon? A brand new (fewer than 20 casts!) 2.5 oz. black and purple Salty's Wood Lures needlefish, with glowing eyes!
Thanks for making my week!
Another Angler writes of a trip to Block Island:
All on Salty's needlefish!
I get asked a lot about what colors are best?
Olive/White mimics a nice size sand eel or needlefish color and size when you see it in the water.. Black/Silver makes a perfect small fish imitation such as medium/large sandeel.
Electric Squid is a great color to imitate frightened squid as they flee predator fish in the rips and rocks of the northeast. Yellow or Parrot at sunrise or cloudy days.
Black/purple at night with the glow eyes is a killer if you softly light up the eyes in your headlamp. On sunny days I stick with a color that has a high definition color hue change on it....
Olive/White, Blue/White, etc. Spend some time looking at the bait prevalent in your area and you will soon understand why certain colors can give you just that little bit extra advantage
to entice a larger fish to take your lure. Don't be afraid to use such colors as Olive/White, Blue/White, Parrot, or Yellow/White at night either!
We've found that the larger needles work very well from a boat also! A 6'6" St Croix Musky Stick with 12 lb test line,
lets you get a decent "lob" on them and the backbone of the rod is great for keeping them up on top.
Slow steady retrieve, occasional twitch. You can make them "swim" real nice and stay in contact with the lure for even the light hits! Works well in rip edges for light tackle fishing!
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