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    Fat floating needlefish.

    Since it's slow in here I figured I'd post something to try to liven things up.
    I made a single fat floating needlefish and snapped it off the first time I took it out for a test swim. It looked great in the water before I watched it sail off into the horizon so I made a few more. For some reason I made these a little different by putting some weight in the tail. They sit like a pencil popper with about 2" sticking up out of the water. Holding the rod high it can be worked like a pencil popper or a spook but when the rod is held even with the water and off to the side it walks the dog 6" inches below the surface. I took the pearl white one (Top) to the river around 2 in the afternoon on a cloudless day a couple weeks ago and a 32" striper whacked it 15' from shore.







    I sealed the first 4 with epoxy and they all floated the same but I soaked the rest in a oil/mineral spirits mix and I guess they all absorbed a different amount because they float different. One actually sank, some floated with only 1" of the nose above water and a few floated almost level (flat on the surface). I'm going to seal the next batch with epoxy hoping for more consistent results. They were the ones I thought floated the best anyway.

    7.5" body only and 2.7ozs.



    Another herring pattern because I live in Pennsylvania by a river they spawn in. I'll be trying these next year when they show up again.


    Reversed the bottom one to resemble a squid. Sinks slowly arse down.
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    NBS Angling Addict Philly Doug's Avatar
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    Plugs look great, where in PA are you from?
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    How you retrieve it ...slow?
    Have you tried any with a metal lip?

    I like the paint job!!
    Looks good!

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    those are friggin' killer
    EVIL IS STRONG

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philly Doug View Post
    Plugs look great, where in PA are you from?
    Thanks, I live in Levittown.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gaucho View Post
    How you retrieve it ...slow?
    Have you tried any with a metal lip?

    I like the paint job!!
    Looks good!
    They can be retrieved very slowly like a pencil popper or with the rod held level with the water reeled as fast as you can reel and with twitches looks very erratic, like a frightened baitfish or anywhere in between.

    I think I posted pictures of some metal lips if you search in this forum. I have some danny's that are ready to be sealed and might be making up some big swimmers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by REDNECK View Post
    those are friggin' killer
    Thanks!! Lets hope the fish think so.
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    thay look great.
    i cant wait to get back to turning just too bussy at work.
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    I have been hearing for the last several years that the bass are becoming more and more plentiful in the Delaware each year. I have not fished for them there yet but I am going to take a shot there next spring before my summer season in CT starts

    Glad to know there is another person from PA using the site.

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    beautiful work!

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