|Saltwater Sandeel Needle Plug 2.5oz|
Perfect for North-east Saltwater top water fishing for BIG Stripers and Blues!
CNC Turned, sealed against water intrusion for maximum durability, and hand painted with a rock hard durable finish! Weighted perfectly for optimum presentation!
Proper presentation of this needle plug is to cast, then slowly retrieve while occasionally twitching the rod tip to impart a "injured baitfish" look to the lure.
These needle plugs are slow sinkers tail first, so you can work the bottom easily also if you let them sink.
You can also work these similar to a pencil popper,
The perfect plug for surf fishing beaches or jetties from Maine to Florida!
Electric Blue Chartreuse, Electric Black Olive, Limited run once they're gone that's it for a long time. Very effective and an in demand color when painted. It's also very time consuming to paint so we do them very infrequently.
Each is a very time consuming color to paint. Electic Olive is a pearl belly, gold sides, fading to olive green, then a black stripe on the back with a layer of electric eelskin paint. Schwing!
Seen above is Some of the great fish caught on Salty's needles!
When you want to catch the BIG Fish there's only one needle to throw!
What our customers have to say:
Had to send you an email telling you to keep it up. Very nice plugs, won't go fishing without a few in different colors. And doesn't cost an arm and a leg if you snap one off. 2.5 oz Black/Purple Needlefish style lure32 lb striped bass 07/08/06
"Salty love your black needles"
"Hey Salty, white/pink needle was THE plug for August."
"The BIG Red Fish down here love your plugs. Fish them SLOW watch a big bull come up from behind!! Most fun you can have with your clothes on!!"
"My name is xxxxxxxxx, xxxxx xxxxxx has become a good friend of mine and introduced me to your Salty's. We have been fishing for bluefin for the Iast couple of months only. Given xxxxx's talent and ability for catching fish I guess I should not be surprised, but I could never have expected to have boated 20 tuna in only 14-15 trips using your plugs. Your Salty's are the real deal and have held up on every fish caught. Thanks for your craftsmanship and for such a great line of plugs."
Hi Scott, Just got back from 2 weeks fishing the E-Islands, had a full selection of plugs from many different custom builders that I had never used before and wanted to test them all out. After two weeks, your olive and white 2oz needle had been anointed "first plug out of the bag every day every where." All it did was catch fish and weave through those nasty boulder fields and be perfect for the e-islands. Did great in the rips too. Neutral buoyancy was ideal for the dropback move. Great lure. Loved your danny style swimmers as well, nice and fat and tuned up just great, didn't get anything on them but that's because the needle was on the end of the line most of the time. Not sure if I should have been using a needle in the day, but couldn't help myself. Anyway, many thanks, I'll be stocking up on the stubbies as well the next time I get a trip lined up. Great product, great price.
"Salty's 2 ounce needle in yellow is THE go to plug to cast to the tuna fish. If you know how they like it it is deadly.
It has caught more SBFT's than any plug I use to cast to them. The thing looks like I dragged it behind my truck for a week but it still kills 'em."
"You may or may not believe this but I got the biggest bass of my life on a pink Salty's needle.
I released it so no picture for me. Love fishing your needles don’t know what they do but they sure catch fish"
"That needle has got wicked mojo and catches big time.
All fish were small to 10 or 12 pounds but at Head of the Meadow at daybreak they loved that needle.
It's a great first light/dusk to dark color."
"From one fisherman to another the fish like your stuff and that's what counts.
Landed over 50 stripers on one of your 2 1/2 oz Black over purple needles with the glowing eyes in a week last fall on the Vineyard.
All at night at an opening. They were all over 30 in some over 40in.I out fished all the locals with those 2 plugs .
Sorry couldn't tell people till the Derby was over. LOL Trade secret at the time"
"Caught over 225#'s of stripers on this lure in June on the Vineyard in two hours. Great lure. Thanks Bob"
I receive letters and notes from many people who fish our lures.
The common theme seems to be large fish :)
" Salty (or is it Mr. Bugger?), 10/23/05 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! Jon"
Another Angler writes of a trip to Block Island:
"Sorry I totally forgot the camera I was late for the ferry and I left it sitting on my front seat in the parking lot.
Here is the whole story: I went over for the night to fish with a couple of friends, they told me Tuesday Morning that they have been getting teen sized fish (pounds) so I said fine still fun maybe I can go to some of my spots they don't know and show them and there are usually bigger fish there at times. I hit the 3 o'clock ferry and got on the Island at 4pm, we hung out talked fishing and headed out for the dusk bite, we went to #### the place was dead I got one Blue fish probably 3 pounds then nothing. After we went to #### and fished till full dark and nothing there at this point I am like this always happens to me. the sea was down and wind changed. back to the base and we had dinner and planned the night, it would be high tide 11 or 12 mid night so we went to #### and first cast I had a fish on and I reeled in and it was weeds? weeds don't shake? it got off?
Well few more cast nothin so I moved next cast 20 pound fish released and after 3 casts it happened the hugest hit ever and then the run and run and run I was like oh !^@#%!. tighten the drag still run tighten more then it stopped I slowly pumped it in and after 2 more smaller runs I landed it 43 inches 32 pounds I let it go I wasn't going to carry it up a 75 foot bluff like that 44 pounder. well that was my personal best to date. as the tide dropped I had a couple of more come off and another 2 15 pound fish landed. 3 hours down (2am) from High we went to #### nothing there I had a bout 20 grabs and 3 hooked and let go but either small bass or maybe small blues. so we left. they were calling it #### but my map says differently. any way I did good there and landed 4 that were 28 to 32 inches and 3 that came off. Island fish fight like hell and know how to use the rocks. now it was 6 am and we were tired and wet. so we called it a good trip and went back. I tell you I am so glad I had that Salty Bugger Electric Chartreuse needle fish because it out fished the other 2 guys and one that usually out fishes me got skunked. I just wish I brought more so I could have shared. I slept for 2 hours and jumped on the ferry at 11:45am well worth the trip and the money. 7 keepers 28 to 32 1 cow 43 inches and a small Blue fish" 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 sand eel. 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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