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Sunday, 11 February 2018 09:11

John M Hudler "Scabelly Lures"

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 Hell here's my story. I've been a carpenter for over 26 years, also had a rod in my hand since I was 4. Put these two things together and I've found what I was put here to do. (Other than be a father to two amazing kids). I began building just over 3 years ago.

I'm only 43 but with a set of bad hips and a couple herniated discs, the riggers of a steady carpentry job became very difficult. So now I work from home, able to spend all my time with my children.

 The name Scabelly came from my nickname I acquired at the age of 16 when I had a terrible surfing accident. Broke almost all my ribs and in the process made a mess of my spleen. Docs fixed me up but it left me with a scar on my belly from my breast bone to belly button. Quickly became Johnny Scabelly. And it just felt like the perfect name for my plugs. My friends now just simply call me "Scabelly".

My plugs are built of yellow cedar. Thru wired and using hardware Ranging from 90 - 200lbs rating. Ranging in size from 3" - 9". Wieghts ranging from 1 - 4oz. And costs ranging from $20 - $50.

Just for example, my glider design took me 3 weeks, 15 blanks and 27 trips to the water to swim test before I had it right. I am a perfectionist when it comes to the finish and especially the action of my plugs. There are a few videos of the action of some if my plugs recently posted on my Facebook page " Team Scabellys Plugs".

Which is one of the two places, as of right now, where my plugs can be purchased By spring I hope to be hanging in at least two of my local shops here in toms river nj. But the setup isn't set in stone yet. So I won't mention the shops just yet. Also have been contacted by a couple shops up in Massachusetts. Is say 90% of my sales head up that way. Altho recently have expanded my buyer location from nj, ny, pa, ma, de, mass, conn, and ri, to also including nh, sc and ca. Very exciting time for me


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  • Comment Link John M hudler Friday, 23 February 2018 00:45 posted by John M hudler

    Rhonda, there's so many different types of plugs. What makes the spook, "walk the dog", is its shape and weight location. The buoyancy is mostly forward which when given a steady retrieve with a synchronised rod twitch will walk from side to side.

  • Comment Link John M hudler Thursday, 22 February 2018 07:46 posted by John M hudler

    Rhonda, the first photo here ^^^ is a 5" spook in white. Cone shaped body with a pointed nose. I will post a few more pics on my profile.

  • Comment Link Rhonda Wednesday, 14 February 2018 21:31 posted by Rhonda

    Hey there john thanks so much for the information!
    I just started fishing last season so i am new to the sport, and i must say i am looking forward to this season...I'm becoming an addict lol. And trying to learn as much as i can about the lures etc. What is the difference between a regular plug and the "spook"? Can you show me a picture of your favorite...THE SPOOK?!?!

  • Comment Link John M hudler Tuesday, 13 February 2018 11:34 posted by John M hudler

    Rhonda, depends on setting and conditions to say which plug I would say works best. If u were to ask my favorite I would have to say the spook. Which I have 4 different sizes 3.5, 5",6", and 7".
    As far as plugs lasting the long term. Not much stands up to the salt water forever, and keeping ur plugs away from Bluefish is a good idea lol.
    Otherwise, I use quality stainless steel on all my plugs.

  • Comment Link Rhonda Monday, 12 February 2018 12:46 posted by Rhonda

    I see you have different types of the scabelly lures..which one would you suggest for catching Stripers??

  • Comment Link Rhonda Monday, 12 February 2018 11:55 posted by Rhonda

    Thanks for sharing that great story behind the name "scabelly"
    Glad to know you are doing fine after that unfortunate accident, and you have used your talents to create those amazing crafted lures every angler can use!!
    How do you prevent corrosion and keep the metal shinny and strong? How well Will the SCABELLY LURES hold up in the long term?

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