I usually do most of my damage with needles(Habs) but there is something about hanging a good fish on a metal lip swimmer.What are some of your favorites?Please include color,size and why you chose that model.I have to say Tattoo's new diver has impressed me because it casts good,swims great and catches.The beachmaster cowboy rocks too!!!
I like the 2.0 ounce Tattoo swimmer. On my first cast with one this summer I caught a 41" fish. I was fishing in total darkness and was using black. Since then I have caught about 5 or 6 more decent keepers on them. I find that I am hooking and landing a good percentage of fish that strike. I think the 2 belly hooks help. The finish is holding up great and the plug swims great at even the slowest of retrieves.
To limit it to one metal lip is almost impossible for me. I can list my favorites though.
Solid black or yellow/white large Tattoo swimmer - Took a TON of fish on these two plugs this year.
Smaller Tattoo swimmer in black - My first night fshing this plug was in the mullet run. The bass and blues were attacking the plug like it was the end of the world.
Original 6" Goo Goo Eyes in any color - This is the metal lip that I have caught the most fish over 40" on.
Original Atom 40, any color - While I have not caught as many fish on this plug as I would like, I continue to throw it and love the way it swims!
I'm not too caught up having a major variety of colors, so most of my plugs fall into one of a few categories, dark (black, purple, dark green), light (white), or what I call "stand out colors" (yellow, chartreuse, pink, etc...)
"Out there in the surf is where it's at, that's where the line gets drawn in the sand between those who talk fishing and those who live it."
- a wise man.
1 1/2oz psyhco swimmer in blurple. fishaholic18 makes the surf asylum plug series. it digs right into the current of the canal and can hold its own. also the atom 40 in whiteblue and solid black.and the bigest gibbs danny made i use this for spring herring color or blue and in fall in yellow and soild black.
in mid summer when sandeels are here in great numbers you can beat a BIG bomber plastic swimmer in black or olive crawled on the surface to make a nice big V wake.
todays schoolie is tomorrows keeper,todays keeper is tomorrows cow,practice catch and release!!!.
The metal lipped plug that has cought more fish for me than anything else, by far is the 2 oz black/gold mac pikie. I have had it for 2 seasons and it has cought a ton of fish. This year though I was all about the black bomber
Salty's round nose swimmer is the one that I have my biggest fish on
I also like the habs that came out last year Pink and white and it has
the eye in the back. I also use the Tattoo swimmer the one that matches
a lobster works great.
A few yrs ago I came up with a swimmer A blend of a big Lefty and a musso danny wit a sloped head.I made some different configurations of the the plug.I think I have it the way i like it,.One I manged to keep in yellow has caught alot of fish for me this yr.I gave Our Leader John R one an asked him to post a pic but I guess he has been busy.The one he has is nasty.3.oz's of fish killer.
I like BM danny's.Not sure why I have copied em to a T but his catch better.They have special mojo.
Beachmaster Danny's black/gold, white
Gary2 Sidekick Bunker
Tattoos 2oz swimmer herring color(this color on this plug rocks im telling you!)
Side note: Redfins rock! altho there not metal lips they are swimmers....
I use ton of stuff from a lot of different guys.In fact I think my bag is starting to get ridiculous with all the gear.I have also become somewhat of a metal lip junkie last few year , particularly a beachmaster junkie.I don't know why that is ,there are ton of good ,solid plugs on the market from different builders but I keep reverting to these.Must be a confidence thing?
You asked for "favorite"
Beachmaster Medium Danny in herring pattern ,will outfish any plug in my bag ,on any given day
Beachmaster Atom Jr. in mullet pattern ,deadly around the jetties ,bridges ,back bays and around any rocks.All around deadly plug.Add a eel skin over it and you have a deadliest plug ever made
Troublemaker medium Surfster in blue over white ,when conditions are right the fish will fight each other over the plug
Beachmaster Conrad's and Cowboy Junior when you want to burry you plug 10 feet deep of the jetty tip but you want to keep the presentation "small"
Musso Troller or Beachmaster Cowboy .When you want to go really deep and really big in fast current.
MAC jointed small pike or Beachmaster jointed eely ,when you want to broken back action on a small plug
Beachmaster giant pike when you are looking for cows in the rip with a conventional gear.You are talking a foot long plug weighing around 5 ounces.Not made for spinning rods.
Metal lips that I used in the past and liked : MAC pikes,Labrador Big Eye swimmers,#^^^^^^^^^^^& Dastardly Danny,
Old medium-sized white Danny is a killer for me. Also, yellow-over-white Beachmaster Junior for specific times. I recently acquired a couple of Tattoos that I'm really looking forward to swimming.
...and, I also have had some great nights with the original Atom 40s.