Gene Vanderhoek Plunger - Black 12" Marlin Lure - Skirted
Gene VanderHoek Lures 12" Black Back Plunger - Marlin Lure
Kona Legend Captain Gene VanderHoek has caught 4 granders in his 50 years of fishing in Kona.
- It has the unique weight distribution of ⅓ taper and ⅔ length,
- Unweighted- the way they have always been
- A very light clear stripe of purple on the back
- Blue sparkle skirt with pink tufts
- The plunger is unweighted as it is perfectly balanced
- Genuine shell veneer insert
- Captain Gene still makes them from the original mold
- **Lures are skirted by the captain himself**
**Skirted Weight: *_4 oz oz / 110 gr
*_Condition: *_New, skirted by the lure maker
His early fishing days include having been a deck hand for Bart Miller and Scott Crampton. According to Captain Gene,“Bart Miller had forgotten more about fishing than most people knew.”
*So how did the most popular saltwater lure shape come about? *
As told to us by Captain Gene Vanderhoek –
"In the 1980’s I was out fishing with brothers Rusty and Jimmy Unger (Makers of the Lollipop Lures). I brought along 2 lures that I had made, the shape came from a stainless jet head but with the nose cut off."
"There were 2 Lollypop lures starboard and 2 of my lures Portside. Rusty Unger called it a plunger because it was “plunging up and down”. My lure caught a 209lb marlin and the rest is fishing history. Today nearly every lure maker has a plunger in their line, including the Joe Yee who made it bigger and called it the Super Plunger."
Today Captain Gene VanderHoek is still fishing Kona waters and running his plungers and using the same original grander catching mold from the 80’s!