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    Default Asbury Park Fishing Club Flea Market

    Hit the Asbury show today. I thought it was a little less crowded than last year. There was a good flow of people throughout. If you were a vendor looking for a high traffic day, this was it. People came from all over, and it seemed most everyone leaving had something in a bag. Due to the economy people may have bought less, or more carefully.

    The logic of going in there with a plan sometimes gets tossed out the window when you're faced with all the different plug styles and builders. I managed to escape with only one plug I got for myself, a bargain $10 wood swimmer from the LI guyz from LIBBA.

    Along with the sick paint and different styles from the who's who in the plug world, there were some deals to be had if you could distract yourself for a few seconds and focus.

    CharlieK had a select few unused Habs for sale, and also a few tubs of unfinished plugs that could be had for as little as $3.

    In all, it seems like everyone had a good time, no screaming or shouting, and a good vibe inside and outside.

    I'm kinda sorry I had to much to do today, cause with the wind blowin N/NE, I know someone was catchin fish somewhere. Hope everyone got what they wanted. The Asbury club put on a top shelf show.

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    Default Plug builders and show pics

    The lighting in there sucked big time, so the best shots were the closeups. If I took your pic and ya don't see it, it's because it looked lousy or blurry. I also tried to eliminate any pics where people had goofy faces or closed eyes. Builders not up here in the pics, let me know and I'll try to hit ya up at the next show you're at.

    Any details I got wrong, PM me and I'll edit.

    It was cool to see some people I haven't seen a long time, and I missed runnin into some others. The most noticable thing to me was that Gary Hull wasn't there anymore. I could close my eyes and see him from past shows, but then I had to open them and come back to reality.

    It was kinda sad, really. I wouldn't be so presumptious as to count myself as among Gary's circle of friends, though I did meet him a few times. I admired his work, but I don't own anything by Gary2, I own very few custom plugs.

    What I admired most about him was that he extended his advice and help to anyone who asked, whether it be about plug building, or fishing. I will always be grateful for the few times I did meet him.

    Sometimes we take people, and their health, for granted. We think they'll be around forever, or at least another year or 2. Nothing is guaranteed on this earth, so treasure the people in your life while you can. RIP Gary, and all the otheer surf fishermen and old time anglers we have lost in the past few years.

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    Default Luna Lures

    Met the guy from Luna Lures. He's a member of the Asbury club. Think he said he's been doing this for a year or 2, name is Nick

    Don't know anything about his plugs, never fished em, but have seen some positive feedback here and there about them. Nice meetin ya, man.

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    Default Sunset lures

    Bob from Sunset lures. Relatively new to the scene. His plugs range from $15-25.

    Among his biggest influences:
    Billy McFadden, whom he called one of the "most sharing guys, with the biggest heart".
    He's also been iinfluenced and inspired by Bill Lindner and Lefty.

    Nice meetin ya.

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    Default Mike Fixter's plugs

    Mike Fixter from California is an established guy, has a good rep in the plug world. I never met him, heard a lot about him. Was looking forward to meeting him, but instead got to meet Dave who was workin his table.

    Dave's a musky nut, the guy could write books about muskie fishin. But why would he? it would take away from his fishin time.

    I never fished Fixter's plugs. He makes some huge stuff, some of em must have been over 5oz or more. Price ranges from $25-40. After checking out the plugs, I could see why musky and salt guys hold Mike in high regard. People say they're built to take punishment, and then some. Nice to finally meet ya, Dave.

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    Default Bodega Bay lures

    Joe from Bodega Bay lures, out of Cali, aka Sporty Guy. He's been into this for 6 or 7 years now, and said one of his biggest influences was Chumbucket.

    Chumbucket is one of the humblest guys you would ever want to meet. First tiime I met hiim, I said someting about what masterpieces his work was. He just shrugged it off, like he didn't want to feed into the ego thing too much. Meanwhile, guys all around say what a helpful resource he has been to the plug building community, and how generous he is with his advice. I don't think you could find one person on this earth who would be able to say anything negative about him.

    Nice meeting you guys again.


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    Default Guppy lure company

    Guppy Lures started in 2002 when brothers Peter and Wayne Hess bought the equipment and machines after Brad Pohler of Hog Hunter lures passed away.

    They started to ramp things up around 2003 or 2004, and have been hard at it making plugs since. Nice meetin you guys.

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    Default RM Smith lures

    Ryan Smith's table.

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    Default Big Rock plugs

    Met Big Rock and Mrs Big Rock. Big Rock is a generous guy, having donated many plugs for good causes. Never fished his stuff, one of these I'll put more up about him and how he got started. He's held in high regard by builders and surfcasters alike, and is in the Asbury and a few other clubs.

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    Default Big Ed Custom wood lures

    Another showing by Big Ed, who's been around for a number of years.

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    Default Ron Muccie's Glitter plugs

    Ron Muccie is an institution in the plug building community, has been doing this for a long time. Ron had some good things to say about Tony Spina. Glad to hear your health has been good, Ron, I haven't seen ya for awhile. Stay well, nice meetin ya again.

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    Rich,
    Great posts and Pics.
    Thanks for sharing.
    White Water Monty 2.00 (WWM)
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    Yeah, Monty, I still got some more,,,,

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    Jack from Surf side B&T Long Branch, he's the man for custom rods and gaffs.
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    Kuglers lures, loaded with all sizes of metal, bucktail, and jigs. Kugler lures is a family business, he's got his sons helpin. Guess that means Dad lets them use whatever inventory they want when it comes time to go fishin? Sounds like a fair deal, nice meeting ya again.
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    Guys from the SSFFF. Most of my friends fish for bass, but we can't forget about the fluke, it's the bread and butter of marine trips for the NJ/NY area. Keep making the regulations more restrictive, and guess what that'll do to the economy in any shore areas? Dave and the other guy, nice to meet ya, keep up the fight. Heres a link to their site:

    http://www.ssfff.net/

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    Old reels, sorry dude forgot your name, nice talkin to ya. He's at the show every year on the stage next to Capn Nick, decent prices on old reels, he's got some history there.
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    LI/ Libba guyz Larry Carlucci and Jim?, had some tubs full of different stuff, I scored a schoolbus 9" wood swimmer for $10. Nice meetin ya's, look forward to more fireworks stories about Brookhaven.
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    Shoreline, Wall NJ, specializes in old plugs
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