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Danny Surface Swimmer Lures

Danny Surface Swimmer Lures

$19.49 - $23.99

TD Code
3 1/2 oz.7 1/2 in.4/0 belly
7/0 single bucktail
Select Color$22.99 USD
DSS3-1/2 Mackerel
3 1/2 oz.7 1/2 in.4/0 belly
7/0 single bucktail
Mackerel$23.99 USD
2 1/4 oz.6 in.2/0 belly
6/0 single bucktail
Select Color$20.99 USD
DSS2-1/4 Mackerel
2 1/4 oz.6 in.2/0 belly
6/0 single bucktail
Mackerel$22.99 USD
1 1/2 oz.4 1/2 in.1/0 belly
5/0 single bucktail
Select Color$19.49 USD
Danny Surface Swimmer
The outstanding success of this plug to attract big bass is due primarily to the unique swimming action it creates. Unlike minnow type plugs that swim from the nose, the Danny pivots more from a fulcrum amidships in the plugs body. It has been said that this more closely represents larger bait that heavier fish seek out.
Guide To Fishing Gibbs Lures
A true "classic" among swimming plugs, the Danny derives its swimming action from a fulcrum point "amid ships" compared to the nose action of the smaller minnow type plugs. This unigue action simulates larger baitfish, which should be kept in mind when retrieving so that the plug is not overfished. Let the current do most of the work, and vary your retrieve as you move the bait through different types of water. An occasional jerk of the rod tip that causes the plug to spurt or splash lightly can be very effective. At night, however, a steadier retrieve is more desirable. Fine-tuning should be restricted to the stainless wire eye of the plug, leaving the pan lip in its original shape. Bend the eye up slightly to obtain a deeper retrieve, and down for more surface action. Unlike our direct tie recommendation with other plugs, the Danny will work better from a black "Duo Lock" snap for a freer swimming action. A swivel is not needed. Remember, keep those hooks sharp and re-tie frequently to keep fresh line at the business end of your efforts.
Danny Surface Swimmer Lures
4.5 Stars based on 6 Review(s)
3 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Gibbs Dannys
March 12, 2016
I've fished both large and small Dannys, Pro Series and Standard models. Sizes are appropriate for prevailing forage / bait. Pro Series comes with eyes and upgraded hard-ware for the added price. Standard models benefit from beefing up the hooks - split rings may help but be careful of making hook attachment so long that they foul each other or hang up on lure top or lip. Three hooks is more than I like to fish with as it damages fish more than you need to and can be painful / dangerous at night or near deep moving water. Removing a treble or replacing the tail hook with a hook-less flag has not reduced my hook-ups or landings at all. Like many metal-lips they don't cast well but often, especially at night or in white water you don't need a whole lot of distance to get to the fish. Gibbs Dannys have worked for me well on calm nights, slowing swam on the surface, leaving a big V wake - likewise at sunrise but also do well thrown in the white-water after a wave set breaks and bass are darting in to feed in the wash. They can be tuned to swim on top or slightly sub-surface by bending the line tie / eye up or down (opposite of where you want it to swim) but don't mess with the lip unless you really know what you're doing, once you wreck the action it's hard to get back.
slow retrieve, big V wake big profile for big bait and to cull larger bass fish catching ability simple proven colors
poor casting hard-ware and finish on standard models leaves something to be desired price of pro-Series, even though they address the short-comings of the standard models

Solomons, Maryland
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Favorite Metal Lip
April 2, 2015
This is a great lure in the early spring, it is usually the first lure I try in the season. It's just a fish magnet!

sandwich, MA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

great in boulderfeilds
January 2, 2015
great in boulderfeilds and rocky bottom areas that could cause you to easily hang up. great swimming action

Southampton, NY
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Fish Slayers
September 9, 2014
One of my favorite Danny type swimmers and the first Danny I started learning how to fish with. They ride on the surface with a great side to side sweeping motion leaving a big wake behind them and with little to no roll. Best suited for calm and moderate conditions, but still swims pretty well in rougher surf. I also like to change out the hooks and swivels because they tend to rust pretty quickly, at least the ones made before Gibbs changed to the new hardware in 2014.

west islip, NY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Personal Favorite
December 17, 2013
Gibbs Dannys in yellow are my favorite plugs for boat plugging. Bass can't refuse them. I prefer the 3.5 oz. A slow retrieve making sure the tail whips back and forth is the key.

Lake Hopatcong, NJ
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

My favorite swimmer
October 17, 2012
I have this in 4.5 and 6 inches, both yellow. I think the smaller ones cast better but the larger one has a better swimming action. Love watching this thing swim in and seeing a bass nail it.No question the only to water swimmer you should be using
Great action
Hard to cast far

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