Gene VanderHoek Saltwater Tackle Blue Back 12" 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,
Unweighed- 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
4 oz oz / 110 gr
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!