Those are beautiful plugs. Makes me feel like I am all thumbs. I will bet that you hate to lose one of those beauties to a bluefish.
Last Spring, I put on a freshly made plug. Take the first cast and almost immediately hook up. I'm thinking these things work pretty good until the bluefish cut off. From there I went to the most beat up plug in my box with a wire leader.
If it weren't for bluefish taking my store bought plugs, I would not have started to make my own. I love catching blues on top with a surface plug on light tackle; and in a good blitz I could lose 4 or 5 plugs.
Now I get a real kick out of making plugs, and a bigger kick out of catching fish on my plugs.