Spring is here and the bass are moving. As we head into summer and the water temps in the Northeast start to heat up the bass will be in tow. Anglers are preparing for the season and orders are coming in at a steady pace. I built a significant inventory this past winter of plugs sealed and unpainted, but, have blown through most of that. Please note as a custom plug maker my current lead time is approximately 2-3 weeks if something is not in stock.
I have some new colors and new styles coming soon. Be on the lookout for a website update soon!
A small profile bait imitation at 6". Weighing in at 1.75 oz it has a weight to length ratio of 3/10. This is a finesse plug intended to be "walked" slowly back and forth on the water's surface to elicit explosive strikes. Great for freshwater pike and bass as well as in the salt. Size 2/0 belly and tail hooks.
A shorter plug at 6" and at 2.25 oz weight has a weight/length ratio of nearly 2/5. Max diam. 1-1/8". It's shorter length allows for less wind resistance when casting so distance is achieved. The shorter length also allows for a more rapid side to side action. A full 1/2" diameter eye for max attraction. Size 3/0 tail and belly hooks. Sinking.
All of our plugs are made from kiln dried, FSC certified wood. FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council and wood that is FSC certified ensures that the wood we use was harvested using sustainable forestry practices.
Our Gliders and Shad Swimmers use the standard in the industry: 0.062" annealed 304 stainless steel wire. Easy to work with; corrosion resistant. Its tensile strength is approximately 75,000 psi which translates to 225 lb test for its diameter.
The rest of our plugs use a Grade 5 Titanium aerospace wire. Same diameter, but 43% lighter and 84% stronger. That's 416 lb test! While also annealed, it's yield strength is over 300% greater than that of annealed 304 stainless (it doesn't deform as easy). And yes: it's completely corrosion resistant.
Aerospace grade titanium wire. Sound expensive? Well, normally yes. In fact, usually about 50 times more expensive than stainless. But, we have a line on a very inexpensive yet sustainable source, and we'd like to offer these to you at a very reasonable cost. If you're a hobbyist or own your own custom plug business, give these a try!
Pre-Bent Titanium Wire - 12", package of 10
SKU 100123GRY.............................................................. $3.00
Length below eye: 12"
Short leg below eye: 2"
Outside eye diameter: 3/8"
Wire diameter: 0.062"
We use VMC swivels size #2 on all our plugs. These are rated at 310 lb test.
We use Wolverine Tackle stainless steel triple wound split rings. The majority use size 6 which are 200 lb test. Our new "Peanuts" use size 4 which are 120 lb test.