Capt. Mike's Inshore Tackle Crate & Load Out

Capt. Mike's Inshore Tackle Crate & Load Out

This mesh crate was designed to house the best representation of my interpretation of the Hogy System. If you were to look back at 99% of my inshore videos over the last 10 years, you would find each of these lures in the video. Maybe and evolution here and there but you get the idea, I feel very strongly that there is not a single fishery on earth where you would find yourself empty handed with this collection. Many lures in this collection are universal, meaning that they can be fished both insure and offshore on any gamefish up to 150lbs.



Soft Baits come in many shapes and sizes, but they can really be broken down into two styles: Action Tails and Eel Tails. Softbaits come “unrigged” or “pre-rigged” at the factory. Unrigged softbaits are customizable, can be rigged weedless are often have more movement in the water than pre-rigged baits. Unrigged baits are less durable. Pre-Rigged baits are easy to use and do not require rigging instruction. Since they are designed from scratch around the rigging that is molded in, they typically have their swimming action built in. They are easiest to use and high-end versions like ours are more durable than virtually all unrigged plastics. Most “pre-rigged” softbaits are not able to be rigged weedless.


1) Shallow Water: Tail that moves at slow speeds
2) Slow Jigging: Eel or action tail
3) Fast Retrieves: Heavy Duty Paddle Tails and Weight
4) Topwater and Weedless action: Lot’s of action, weed resistance.


slowtail swimbait lure diagram

Slow Tail: Slow tails solve a couple of problems. For starters, they have a a ton of action when fished at the slowest of speeds. This is important because there are situations such as casting to summer tarpon where the lure needs to be very slow to get bit, but also have lots of action. Secondly, a lightly weighted pre-rigged softbait is often too light to kick a paddle tail, so this “lightly weighted version” also an angler to fish in very skinny water in flats and estuaries without snagging bottom. Fish very slowly, rod tip at 45-degree angle. Unique Feature: This lure’s thin, outward facing twin tails will vibrate and offer exaggerated action at the slowest of slow speeds. The tails are so long and so thin that this lure can be substituted for an “eel tail” design.

slowtail swimbait striped bass lure

Cast & Drop Slowtail Striper

Open Water Striper on Slow Tails

Primary Technique: Casting Sub Surface
Speed: Slow
Style: Attractor
Zone: Inshore


Hogy Protail Paddle SwimbaitPro Tail Paddle: This simple lure is a well-proportioned paddle tail built tough enough for large tarpon and tuna. Fish this lure with straight medium to fast retrieve at the same 45-degree angle. One tip worth mentioning here is to speed up your retrieve, pause for a few seconds, maybe 2 or 3, then continue of a medium retrieve speed. This deadly technique will draw FOMO induced reaction strikes.  Various waits of the Pro Tail Paddle are available for deeper presentations when necessary. Unique Feature: Perfect paddle tail. Strongest in its class. Pro Tail plastic durability and variety of weight options,

Hogy Protail Paddle Swimbait

Casting: The Hogy Protail Paddle makes a deadly cast bait for tuna keyed in on herring, small bunker, butter fish or other small baits. The 6.5” Hogy Protail comes in a number of weights but the 4oz, 5oz and 6oz are the most popular sizes offshore as they are heavy enough to cast with Stella 20,000 sized reels. The 6.5” is the perfect size. It’s just “small enough” to be “small”, just big enough to get seen and more than heavy enough to cast on heavy-duty 200lb class gear. You can retrieve the Hogy Protail Paddle at slow speeds to the very fastest. 99% of the time I use a combo retrieve which I sometimes call the “REEL REEL REEL – PAUSE” retrieve. I’ll burn the lure then let it stall, pause and sink for a couple of seconds… I think it’s the change in speed from slow to fast that triggers the reaction “FOMO” strike. If tuna are keyed in on butterfish, sometimes I will lighten my leader and crank slow and steady but I always seem to default to the “combo” retrieve.

"Open Water Softbaits For Stripers"

"Cast & Drop Pro Tail Stripers"

Primary Technique: Casting

Speed: Slow + Medium
Style: Imitator
Zone: Inshore, Universal and Offshore Versions available


pro tail eel softbait lure diagram

Protail Soft Sand Eel: Most popular with our Northeast anglers as an imitator for sand eels. Our latest version come in an air brushed two tone olive white pattern, highly imitative of a sand eel This lure will swim with very little action on a straight retrieve which mimics a sand eel’s pattern perfectly. Short rip tip snaps will bring extra “life” to the bait. This lure spends equal amounts of its time in the water as a casting lure and a jigging lure. A medium retrieve is great for casting. Sharpie anglers know this lure is deadly on a slow jigging style.Extremely durable for high volume days. Unique Feature: The lead weight inside our Hogy Protail Soft Sand eel is long and evenly distributed, resulting in a spiralized decent on the drop which makes for a deadly slow pitch jigging presentation with long slow rod sweeps when mimicking sand eels.

Primary Technique: Jigging, Casting lighter versions
Speed: Slow + Medium
Style: Imitator
Zone: Inshore, Universal and Offshore Versions available


Hogy Original Series Eel Fishing Lures

The Original: This lure was our first design and still much beloved by many Hogy fans old and new. This long and slender top water/shallow water softbait has fooled countless snook, tarpon and stripers. Made with hand poured virgin plastic in Indiana, you’ll quickly understand what this lure is going to behave like in the water as it droops over both sides of your hand. Think a piece of fettuccini in the water and you get the idea. The beauty of this bait is that it can be rigged weedless both lightly weighted and unweighted with our premium swimbait hooks. Unique Feature: You have to see the action to understand how good it its.

Primary Technique: Casting
Speed: All Speeds
Style: Attractor
Zone: Inshore and Universal Versions available


Most Jigs can be casted or jigged. Most anglers fish casting jigs with trebles and vertical jigs with single or “assist style hooks” where a single hook swings freely from the lure. Lure speed is an important factor to be aware of with jigs, your choice to fishing fast (cover range of depths, draw reaction strike) or slow (imitative, sluggish fish, one important depth) will dictate which profile to use. Color is about either “attraction” or “matching the hatch.”


1) Slow/Medium Top Water Presentation: Light weight, narrow design. Will allow “hang time” in the strike zone at slower speeds without sinking. A properly “keeled” (balance with a medium to low center of gravity) lure will swim best.
2) Long Range Fast Retrieve: Heavy, evenly balanced weight. Punches wind. Covers ground with long casts and speed.
3) Imitative: Natural size, shape and color to match the hatch.
4) Slow Jigging: A profile that somehow offers action when the lure is sinking and retrieved at slow speeds. Allow time in the strike zone.
5) Fast Jigging: A profile that allows for fast descents and fast retrieves. Elicits FOMO reaction Strikes.


The Hogy Epoxy Jig Lure® Diagram

The Epoxy Jig Lure: This lure literally does it all and is often the “If I only had just one lure” list of expert anglers. The Hogy Epoxy Jig Lure is an OUTSANDING top water casting jig, that can be fished tip down slow and low, medium angle at medium speeds and tip up with a fleeing baitfish skipping action. Rigged with a single or inline hook, the Hogy Epoxy Jig Lure can be jigged on a slow pitch or presentation as the jig will flutter naturally on the descent. In Heavier waits it can be jigged medium fast. Unique Feature: Painstakingly keeled to accommodate all fishing styles

Hogy Epoxy Jig Lure

Primary Technique: Casting and Jigging
Speed: Slow, Medium and Fast
Style: Attractor and Imitator
Zone: Inshore, Universal and Offshore

"Epoxy Jig Retrieves For Stripers"

"Epoxy Jigs for Stripers in Rips"

"3 Retrieves For The Hogy Epoxy Jig Lure®"

Unique Feature: Painstakingly keeled to accommodate all fishing styles. Primary
Technique: Casting and Jigging
Speed: Slow, Medium and Fast
Style: Attractor and Imitator
Carry Over to Inshore: High



This jig is all about long casts and fast retrieves. Thick body relatively short body results in superior wind punching and stability at high speeds. The stubbier profile also results in great hook sets and fewer missed fish. The Heavy Minnow makes a great switch hitter for vertical jigging for groundfish like sea bass when the topwater bite is slow. Sinks quickly in current and has the ability to be fished fast.

"Light Tackle Groundfish Heavy Minnow Jigs"

Unique Feature: High width to length ratio
Primary Technique: Long Range Casting
Speed: Medium and Fast
Style: Attractor and Imitator
Zone: Inshore, Universal


Hogy Squinnow Groundfish Jig Lure

This bait is deadly on small groundfish like scup, sea bass and snappers. It’s rounded body with a low center of gravity results in a very juicy action when jigged slow.


Unique Feature: Rounded belly, short thick design, Small jigs can be fished in deeper water with good flutter.
Primary Technique: Jigging for groundfish
Speed: Slow Bottom
Style: Attractor and Imitator
Zone: Inshore


Hogy Sand Eel Jig Lure Diagram

The name says it all. This lure is designed to perfectly mimic a sand eel which may me the most prolific baitfish in the world. With it’s long slender uniform design, the lure can be casted and fish at a fast retrieve. The Hogy Sand eel jig is perhaps more popular with tuna and striper jiggers alike to mimic sand eel hungry predators. Sand eels can be fished “twitchy style” and on a slow pitch. Like all jigs, the can be fished fast and slow but this lure really shows off on a slow pitch or rapid twitch when dropped to where fish are marked on the finder.

"Snap Jigging The Sand Eel Jig For Stripers"

Primary Technique: Jigging and Casting smaller versions
Speed: Medium and Fast
Style: Imitator
Zone: Inshore, Universal, Offshore


Hogy Peanut Bunker Jig Lure Diagram

Here’s another lure where its name suggests it’s shape. This lure is a perfect replica of a peanut bunker. Unique Feature: This lure has a high center of gravity with a tapered slop to the belly of the lure which results in a wobbling action when retrieve at just the right medium speed.

Primary Technique: Casting
Speed: Medium
Style: Imitator
Zone: Inshore


Flutter Pitch Jig Lure Diagram

This fat thin jig is all about the slow pitch! This lure is specifically for vertical jigging and comes pre-rigged with a pro-grade teaser assist hook. The Flutter Pitch Jig is designed with a flat Body with a raised elevation along its lateral line results in a deadly flutter when fish slowly. This lure Is very light relative to its size which means you can have a bigger bait offering without too much weight for the depth. This lure is ideal for commitment phobic fish that need a lure int it’s face for a long while, with action to elicit a strike

"Flutter Pitch Jigging Groundfish"

Unique Feature: The lure fishes as well on the drop as it does on the pick-up due to its “flutter action.
Primary Technique: Slow Jigging to cover a variety of depths.
Speed: Slow
Style: Attractor
Zone: Universal, Offshore



Hogy Charter Grade Popper Diagram

The popper is one of the oldest lure designs still used in modern fishing dating back to the 1940s with the introduction of the “hula popper” The popper is the ultimate attractor with its popping action calling in fish from hundreds of feet away.

"Topwater Poppers In Rips"

"Topwater Poppers Around Structure"

Category: Generally considered a “slow” “surface”. “attractor” Unique Feature: A popper is difficult to make unique by virtue of its shape and mechanics. Our version is “charter grade” in the sense it’s rigged with the a “charter captain’s” specifications right out if the package. A feature inherent in of all of our lures.
Primary Technique: Surface Casting
Speed: Slow
Style: Attractor
Zone: Inshore



Hogy Charter Grade Slider Diagram

The Hogy Slider is a modern twist on a classic “lipped” swimming style lure. Instead of a “bill” attached to the front of the lure, the lure is carefully balanced such that the weight distribution inside the lure paired with its hydrodynamics will produce a slow wobble side to side, that in our opinion, is more akin to a wounded fish swimming. The added benefit of the slider is that it slowly sinks horizontally when paused, as compared to floating to the surface.

This neutral descent offers two benefits:

1. To get a little deeper by pausing

2. The dynamic of a nervous fish seeking cover

3. And the ability to be cast in the wind, due to its dense length to weight ratio. 

Category: Long Range medium retrieve, Sub Surface action.
Primary Technique: Sub Surface Casting
Speed: Medium
Style: Imitator
Zone: Inshore, Universal, Offshore

Hogy Inshore Slider Swimming Plug

"Walk and Gun Sliders For Stripers"

"Shore Casting Sliders For Stripers"

Primary Technique: Sub Surface Casting
Speed: Medium
Style: Imitator + Attractor
Carry Over to Inshore: HIGH, anywhere fish are big enough to eat this lure!


Hogy Charter Grade Dog Walker Diagram

The Dog Walker can be described as a hybrid between a swimming lure and a popper. it is fished faster than a popper with a swimming action as compared to a popping action followed by pauses of a popper. The advantage of a dog walker is that it allows you to cover more ground while attracting fish since it is retrieved more quickly. Simple math suggests faster retrieve + more casts in more places = more ground covered to locate fish. The best way to fish a dog walker is with your rod tip angled between 25- and 45-degree angle with a medium fast retrieve with intermittent jerks of the rod to impart a “side to side” action of the lure.

Hogy Charter Grade Dog Walker Striper

"Buzzards Bay Dog Walker Stripers"

"How To Fish The Hogy Dog Walker"

Category: “Fast” “surface ”“attractor”
Primary Technique: Surface Casting
Speed: Slow
Style: Attractor
Zone: Inshore


Hogy Charter Squid Plug Diagram

These highly imitative hard body baits are designed to closely imitate “lit up” fleeing squid. Available in a floating topwater and long casting slow sinking model in windy conditions. There is no wrong way to fish a squid plug. Tip up with A medium to medium fast retrieve is a good starting point.

"Squid Plugs For Stripers In Rips"

"How To Jig & Troll The Squid Plug"

Primary Technique: Surface Casting
Speed: Medium
Style: Imitator
Zone: Universal

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