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Saltwater Sandeel Needle Plugs

Perfect for all saltwater gamefish!
Works well for Stripers, Bluefish, Giant Trevally, Snook, Tailor, Jacks, Queenfish, and more!

  1 oz Stubby Size

Why they work so well!

  1.5 oz Toona Tamer
  2.5 oz Full Size
3.5 Oz Full Size
5 Oz Size "The Canal Monster"

On the Water Lure of the Month

Game ON! Just some of the great pics we have received from satisfied customers! Click images for full size pics!

Winner of the 2008 Free Gas contest
 for biggest striper!


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 needlefish Black/Purple Needlefish lure

32 lb striped bass 07/08/06

What our customers have to say:

"The hot lure was a pink and white Salty Needle. Without a doubt this was the killer pill for those fish! Most times the lure didn't even have to move, before the bails were closed the guys were tight.
After 2 hours I started hearing "MY ARMS HURT", "I THINK I"M GONNA HAVE A BRUISE OVER HERE". The sweet words every charter captain loves to hear!"

"Picked up some squid color needle fish. Caught a bunch of fish on them 1 close to 20 pounds and tons of blues in montauk" May 2011

"Love your plugs...they produce when others don't."

"yellow is killer in sand eel land"

"As it turned out, I went to Block Island with a fishing buddy last Friday night...and brought a whole bunch of your needles. 
The weather was pretty favorable and we fished the whole night.
The hard part was finding the fish. We tried xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, xxxx, and the beach below xxxx.
We never found any fish until we got to the last place at xxxx...and then we landed about 20 schoolies to 10 lbs.  We lost about 20 more fish to bad technique...improper hook-sets. 
I tried the new plug but only at the other locations...not the location that yielded fish because the plugs that worked for me there seemed to work well enough and included all white and all black 2.5 oz Salty needles. 
The moon was in and out and made things hard for us. So not a great night, but not a bust either.
We were hoping for bigger fish that your plugs have consistently brought to hook throughout the season.
It was amazing to me that a 5 lb schoolie and a 22 lb mini-monster both attacked the 2.5 oz Black w/Red Eye needle you sell. 
This is what happened the last two times I went to Block Island, with the bigger fish caught during the October new moon.
Thanks again for everything.  I love your plugs."

"Just got back from 2 weeks at the Cape. I pounded a lot of sand for dismal results at best. If it wasn't for my last trip on the kayak yesterday am and a yellow salty bugger needle, my best catch of the weekend would have been a box turtle I helped cross the road safely in Wellfleet. However, yesterday on the kayak was the best three hours of fishing I have ever had. I was catching 40-42" like catching pumpkinseeds in a pond. It was a sleigh ride on absolutely every cast. I'll post some pics later. Not the first time a salty plug has saved an outing for me. Thanks Salty!!"

"Hi:I received my order today. I'm blown away by the quality of the Sandeel needle plug. Not to bash anyone, but I've purchased plugs from 4 other builders, and I was disappointed by the quality of the so-called "finished" product. Partial fingerprint, bent and missing grommets, and only 1 barb protector( I spurred myself taking it out the shipping box). I appreciate your craftsmanship, attention to details, and quality control of your products. Thank You!"

"Just rec'd my first order of your needlefish lures...as a furniture maker by trade these are beautifully crafted!  I can't wait to use them!"

"The yellow color drove them crazy last night. Was amazing, never had good luck no matter what I used on a big moon night"

"Thanks for the prompt service. Your Needles are the best and not just because my buddy says so either !!!"

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 donít 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"

Caught on a Black/Purple 2.5 oz needlefish


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I receive letters and notes from many people who fish my lures. The common theme seems to be large fish :)

"Enjoyed another year with some nice fish on your plugs! ...but, lost a few also, plugs that is, had some nice fish also on the needles, keep up the good work!!"

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!

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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!

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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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