a little review
Hmmm. I?m always leery about making a general statement about a lure or plug. When hunting for Stripers conditions will dictate what you should throw, especially in the surf. Wind, tides, available bait, current, water clarity, cloud cover, day or night, and the structure I?m fishing will dictate what I?m going to throw. For example I?m probably not going to throw a 6? wild eye when the primary bait in the water are sand eels. A better choice may be a needlefish or a mambo minnow with a slug-o tease, A oo7, kastmaster with a tube etc. If there is a 20-knot wind in my face I may just choose to stick with the needlefish, possibly a loaded one. My point is there is no one best lure or plug. Having said that the storm wild eye is a fantastic imitation of peanuts, bunker, shad, herring, and mullet. I love the way the tail vibrates threw the water, and it can be especially effective when the strippers are aggressive, and you swim it on the top using fast retrieves thereby getting a nice looking wake from the wobbly tail. It surprisingly cast extremely well even in windy conditions. It?s also a good choice with a good current as the wild eye will hold a position and maintain its action. If one gets cut up-I recommend using crazt glue to put it back together-it will be as good as new. When blue fish are around I just don?t use them. There is plenty of other things to throw at blue fish. Some of the negatives for me at least--- the wild eye has difficulty holding very strong current at times i.e. It was not usable during 20 knot or more North east winds at Montauk. The sweep was just too great. --There is not quite enough space between the shank of the hook and the body of the lure. This creates several missed strikes. The barb on the hook is also a little small. This I believe also creates less hookups-especially if the fish gets her head turned on you. (I go barbless on my back trebles on my plugs, but not on the single hooks-not looking for a debate on barbless ?just my preference.) Also because it has high buoyancy I can?t get it down far enough in deep fast rips. I?m going to experiment with attempting to load them this year ?so I think I?ll have that problem solved. Every plug and lure has positive and negative sides to it?The storm wild eye is a must to have in your bag!