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Danny Surface Swimmer Lures

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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.
4.5 Stars based on 21 reviews
By Ben
Mays Landing, NJ
December 16, 2017
Stike triggering action
A slow retrieve will enhance the wobble produced from this plug as it seems to pivot from its center. A little quicker retrieve will see this baby dive down and call up the big ones!
ProsGreat action, well made
ConsNot for making long casts
By TOD26
New Jersey
November 15, 2017
swimming action
Great swimming lure that consistently entices fish to chomp it. Double treble hooks usually seals the deal.
Prossharp, sturdy hooks
By Bonefixr
Hudson Valley, NY - Hyannis, MA
January 25, 2017
Can't Wait for Striper Season
These are the original Danny Plugs. Learn to fish them and you will do great. The folks t TackleDirect couldn't be nicer. Best Prices and great personal service.
ProsA Striper-Killer. Easy to fish. Not as long caster as some of the plastic versions
ConsNot as long caster as some of the plastic versions
By frank
glen cove, New York
October 21, 2016
bigger is better
i think the larger version of the plug swims way better. the action on this size plug doesn't get the job done.
By Jason
Centereach, Ny
August 3, 2016
Great plug
I use this plug on the beach front and back bay. It has great action and bass jump on this lure.
Prosdurable and strong
Consnot the greatest castability.
By Alex
Pozzuoli, Italy
April 26, 2016
Great Plug
Best swimming metal lip I own. casts good and produces fish. Its the bigger of Gibbs swimmers. I love it.
March 12, 2016
Gibbs Dannys
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.
Prosslow retrieve, big V wake big profile for big bait and to cull larger bass fish catching ability simple proven colors
Conspoor 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
By Chris
November 21, 2015
Danny swimmers
Gibbs Danny swimmer is my all time favorite Striped Bass lure. In my 35 years of fishing for stripers I have caught more 25lb plus on this lure than any other. I have had success with all colors . If you want to catch a trophy striper on a plug look no further...Danny gets the job done!
ProsGreat action, slow retrive a must.
ConsLure does not cast as well as others especially into the wind.
By Db
new york, NY
June 6, 2015
metal lip
Danny stle metallip swimmer. thus gibbs lure ni need ti mansion. always wirks especially windy days. it can cast really long and actiin is great
By Db
new york, NY
June 5, 2015
Gibbs Danny style swimmer. it is well made wooden danny in lot better price. Gibbs hardwatre is always good but I don't like open eye treble.
By Alex
Solomons, Maryland
April 2, 2015
Favorite Metal Lip
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!
By Anthony
Bradford, MA
February 25, 2015
Great Striper Lure
Perfect size to cast from the surf or boat and it catches tons of stripers and blues when they are chasing bigger bait.
By jimmy
sandwich, MA
January 2, 2015
great in boulderfeilds
great in boulderfeilds and rocky bottom areas that could cause you to easily hang up. great swimming action
By HKJonathan
New York, NY
December 24, 2014
Classic lure
Obviously this is a classic and with good reason. The swimming action is very nice. The lure is surprisingly light for its size, so it doesn't cast as well as other, more dense lures (eg. Pencil popper). Still, well worth the space in your surf bag. As someone else said, the draw back is that blue fish chew up the lure a bit.
By Robert
Pleasantville, New Jersey
December 18, 2014
Can't go wrong with this plug
Quality construction and great swimming action. Throws nice from my Mojo Surf 9'
By Joel
New York, NY
October 19, 2014
Love this Lure!
Was recently turned on to this lure, and boy do I love it! in one outing this Spring I was out catching other surf fisherman nearby by 2 or 3 times!! Only issue I have is that over time the bluefish beat it up with their sharp teeth, but they still keep hitting it, so whatever. I find the 2 1/4" size to have the best action vs. the 3 1/2" or 1 1/2", not sure why.
By Jon
Hempstead, New York
October 14, 2014
Metal lip swimmer
Bought the yellow version for the fall run. New to fishing metal lips, thought this plug would've a good start.
ProsGreat action out of the box. Nice wiggle. Nice finish too.
ConsWould prefer VMC hooks on board.
By Jonathan
Southampton, NY
September 9, 2014
Fish Slayers
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.
By cape fisher
sandwich, MA
March 11, 2014
Great top water action
This plug works great in rocky areas crawling on the surface of the water with a great side to side action. Although I haven't caught a ton of fish on this plug when it does catch the fish are not small. Casting distance is the worst attribute of this plug.
ProsCatches big fish
ConsCasting distance
By Sean
west islip, NY
December 17, 2013
Personal Favorite
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.
By Aaron
Lake Hopatcong, NJ
October 17, 2012
My favorite swimmer
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
ProsGreat action
ConsHard to cast far
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