New to me anyway!
This spring we've been playing with the King Kandy Cut Plug Herring from the Point Wilson Dart folks. I'm sincerely impressed. I didn't think I'd ever say this, but they may be even better than the real thing. Side by side, they also beat the pants off of Brads cut plugs. Sure we caught kings on the Brads.... But only if it wasn't riding beside a King Candy. And the King Candy mostly caught fish better when fished alongside a real cut plug. The real cut plug could keep up if it was cut and rigged perfectly, but the slightest tail flip put it out of action if there was a King Candy back there too. We troll a lot at low speeds, and the Cut Plug keeps right on working. Just fine at higher speeds, too.
Couple of other things we've learned.
The King Kandy Whole Herring (same web page) works better than the Cut Plug if the herring are running large, but you have to troll it at around 3mph or higher to get the spin right. AND shake all the air out of it, as it says in the package directions. It's not so good at lower speeds, and just about useless below 2mph.
The King Kandy Candlefish (same web page) is the best needlefish lure we've ever seen. Not as effective as the Cut Plug so far, but getting better and better as our herring numbers are dropping and needlefish numbers are rising. You can troll this one really slow and it keeps on spinning. And catching fish. Haven't tried it fast, but the real needlefish aren't fast either.
I have no stake in the Point Wilson Dart company. But I've sure got a stake in catching fish. It will be interesting to see if this trend holds out over the summer, but so far I'm really liking what I'm seeing. Kinda neat to get a plug for about the same price as a tray of herring, but lasts a lot longer. Best of all, if you miss a strike, there's no need to real in. If you're getting mobbed by cod and pollack, you also don't have to rebait.