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You're on a beach for the day with just a single plug bag, so what lures get a coveted slot in your bag?
By Jim Hutchinson, Jr.
Tags: surf

Your internet is out, you lost your phone, the truck is in the shop, and the wife wants you out of the house – consider it a holiday blessing!

Problem is, there was a bite on your local beach before Thanksgiving, but now you’re not so sure about today (and with no communication with friends or ability to check TheFisherman.com, you’re outta luck in terms of immediate Intel.)

You don’t have access to the plugs in the tackle box in the buggy to replenish from the beach, but the wife did offer to drop you off at this weekend early – she’ll pick you back up again at the end of the day. You’re on your own – just one 12-slot plug bag for a full day shift, your surf outfit, and fall-stink waders and drytop.

In other words, you’re stuck on a desert island with $400 worth of tackle and your $1,500 rod and reel (which of course the wife doesn’t have any idea how much any of this costs, otherwise you’d be sleeping on the beach this weekend too.)

Twelve slots, 10 hours of surfcasting, choose wisely.

Fred Golofaro thinks long and hard about the options for the post Thanksgiving run, gearing up for some of his favorite spots on the South Shore of Long Island for some late fall plugging from dawn to dusk. There have been blitz conditions on stripers in recent weeks, with bass piling on peanut bunker filtering out of the Great South Bay. Boasting a collection of plugs that rivals that of most tackle shops, Fred ponders the dilemma while looking at a wall full of lures; a rather daunting task to choose only one dozen daytime offerings to tempt stripers along the beach in late November given variable winds, waves, baits and of course, the potential bites.

While it's seen as a daunting task for some, choosing a very small selection of lures based on current conditions can be beneficial.

“With the amount of bunker, peanuts and adults, in our local waters this season, I’d base my selection that way,” Fred told me of his challenge to fill a daytime plug bag. “I would have some backup though in case of the presence of sand eels, always a possibility this late in the season.”

1-1/4-ounce bucktail (white)
1-1/2-ounce bucktail (white)
2 ounce bucktail (white)
3-ounce bucktail (white)
Super Strike Little Neck Popper 2-3/8-ounce (white/black eye)
Super Strike Little Neck Popper 3-ounce (white/black eye)
6-inch Bomber (chicken scratch)
5-inch Tsunami Swim Shad (white)
7-inch Tsunami Swim Shad (bunker)
7-inch Tsunami Sand Eel
3-ounce Yo-Zuri Surface Cruiser popper (red head)
3-1/4-ounce Big Fischer Danny Metal-Lip (white)

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