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Saltwater Sandeel Needle Plug 1.5oz

Designed specifically for casting on higher weight rods & lines for bluefin and stripers!


CNC Turned, sealed against water intrusion for maximum durability, and hand painted.
Weighted perfectly for optimum presentation! Hand tied feather dressed tail with Mirage flash!
VMC Permasteel 6X strong Gladiator 1/0 Belly hook, 5/0 Permasteel tail hook, 150 lbs swivels and XXX strong triple split rings.
Stainless Steel hardware used when possible. LARGE Holographic eyes for maximum effect and through wired for maximum strength!

Proper presentation of a needle plug is to cast, then a slow-moderate 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 1.5 oz Toona Tamer needlefish is designed to cast well and will sink at a medium rate if allowed to drift. These are absolute killer sand-eel imitations!

"The way I am catching stripers on that 1.5 Toona Tamer I need a dozen! Last night was epic!
Oh and the old popper "big mouth popper" I had a Bass take that thing and ran like a run away freight train then threw it (huge bass)
I am never buying another builders plugs"

"Love your lures ! All I use"

What our customers have to say:
"You should see some of the fish I am getting on your short needle. Even with a mod drag I lost a few slobs to straightened hooks. Problem is when I beef them up my bite ratio goes down so I am running a soft drag and keeping my fingers crossed. This needle is out producing everything in my bag including sluggos and my partner is also convinced. That's your Olive/white needle, the small one. I am doing well also with the silver black combo."

"This past season I ordered a few of your 1 oz needle fish off your website after I had cleaned out the selection from Canal Bait and Tackle. Which by the way are THE BEST plug on Light Tackle I have ever used. They caused some of the most vicious strikes I had all year"

I mean what I say, the three of us were in awe today at how well your plug held up. Not only does it work, but it doesn’t bust into a million pieces like a yoz### etc after a nice fish. I could put it on the line right now and go catch another tuna without doing a thing….even the bucktail looks sweet."

"Picked up the yellow over white at Blackbeards yesterday. Bought the last few he had, the ones with the eyes on them, not sure about the size.
Had tuna smashing them today along with bass and blues…managed an 79 or 80 pound tuna on the boat and I have to say I’m amazed how well your hardware held up. Scott, when I tell you this tuna had a single hook in his mouth that’s all he had and it looks like it’s brand new. Not bent, not broken…looks new. Your making a great piece of hardware, just figured I’d let you know what we thought. I think that thing could have handled a 120 pound tuna no problem."

"I've been reading all of Riptides posts - talking about how good the Saltybugger plugs are. I bought one this week at Firefly outfitters in Boston. Picked up the yellow needle fish. Started the day on Boston Harbor with my usual storm shad and slug### - nothing. Fish came to surface and would not hit shads or slug###. Tied on my new Saltybugger plug, scrambled to take the hook protectors off (need to do that before I leave the dock) and came tight on my first cast. Steady pick of 30-45" bass in Boston Harbor this AM - due to the Saltybugger plugs!!!! I'm a convert!!!!"

"I picked up one of your plugs when I was up at First Light over the weekend too, built to last with some great hardware. I’ll never buy another XXXbs-quality plug again, your stuff is top shelf at a very fair price."

"Almost got the skunk this morning, but salty needles saved me. Caught on the white patriot and the blurple stubby and nothing else.
Thanks for making nice, affordable plugs that catch fish."

Comment on recent order:
"Damn Salty...those stubbies catch fish."

THAT Ladies & Gentlemen is what it's all about. Well designed lures that catch fish!