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Old 04-05-2018, 02:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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These are exotic hardwood “cedar” plugs used for saltwater fishing. To make them requires quite a few of the pen turning techniques. They were purchased fir a display and not for fishing so additional buffing was used to bring out the shine.

Luckily I have made over 500 so far. If the albacore run this year many more will sell.
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Mark, those are way to pretty to fish with. Are they a kit, or do you fabricate the parts also ?

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Those look so good I would feel bad putting them in the water.
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Here is what I start with. Nice toes too.
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I am gonna plead some ignorance, I get the concept of making them, but I have no idea what you would do to fish them. Do you mind explaining that on here to us inlanders.

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These are exotic hardwood “cedar” plugs used for saltwater fishing. To make them requires quite a few of the pen turning techniques. They were purchased fir a display and not for fishing so additional buffing was used to bring out the shine.

Luckily I have made over 500 so far. If the albacore run this year many more will sell.
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As a guy from Indiana who had a brother in Pensacola and just moved back from a few years in Houston, here is my summary of saltwater fishing from a pan fishing perspective:
1-Take a flagpole with a cable sized spool on it and basket ball rims for eyes and thread a rope through it. (Wire rope is beneficial)
2-put a grappling hook or hay hook or meat hook and put on the rope.
3-take a lead weight the size of the rear-end off your truck and amazingly hard to cast and add to rope in a manner you can cast it easily into water of unknown depth (20-100 feet) so the hook is 1/3 to 1/2 of the way to the bottom.
4-take something we would eat in the Midwest and put it on the hook and try to catch something the size of things we shoot with rifles.
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Just curious. From the looks of your parts picture, do you turn lead weights?
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These are exotic hardwood “cedar” plugs used for saltwater fishing. To make them requires quite a few of the pen turning techniques. They were purchased fir a display and not for fishing so additional buffing was used to bring out the shine.

Luckily I have made over 500 so far. If the albacore run this year many more will sell.
You send monofilament line through the plug. Then attach a special hook called a needle eye hook to the mono using a crimp. The mono is pulled back into the plug and this special hook goes up into the tail of the cedar plug (brass end). Troll it behind a boat in the ocean and lots of different fish eat it and find out about the hook the hard way.

Here’s me with a 25 pound class yellowtail caught on one of my plugs. You can see the hook, crimp, line and cedar plug made of purpleheart.

Pray the albacore run this year close to San Diego; I’ll be rich!
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Yes, carefully. Here are before and after photos. To think I used to be afraid to turn a tenon on a Euro pen!
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Those look great, Mark.. Great job....
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