Gary R. Soldati, Plug Maker
...for the serious fisherman


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Century NG SPOD Rod, 12’ rated 2 to 6 oz. This rod is very versatile, powerful with a softer tip to throw the lesser weights. This is the rod I caught my 51 on! Contact Mike Kulick at  for more info.

CTS PJ series Model #PJ 1009-2 rod, 10’ rated 4 to 8 oz. This is the rod for throwing BWL Trollers and SLIM Trollers. I still can’t believe that a rod this light can throw a plug that heavy! Contact Rich Hedenberg at for more information!

Zee Baas – ZX 25. Contact Ron DiCostanzo at -- he is a great source of info! I love the smooth action of this reel.

Van Staal 250. Contact River’s End Tackle at (860)-388-2283 or  Very quick turn around on service!

Fireline Original fused 30 lb. test (not a braid). This line tests stronger than it is rated. It is made for a spinning rod and holds up very well in the rocks!

Seaguar Fluorocarbon 50 lb. test. This leader material has held up very well in the rocks for me.

Neck Light
UK Vizion 3AAA eLed HeadLamp. It is submersible and waterproof. For more info and where to purchase The batteries last so long I end up changing them before it is needed!

Backup Light
Mini Maglite with sheath, somewhat waterproof.

60 Pound BogaGrip
If you are using plugs with multiple treble hooks this is a must! Forget the 30 lb. boga I have had too many friends say, “I knew it was at least 30 lbs.”!

DonnMar CP950 TI Titanium Pliers with lanyard and sheath. For more info, visit These pliers are so good I stopped washing them after a night of fishing! Pricey but indestructible!

Folding Fillet Knife
Explorer 11-158. I've had this knife too long to remember where I got it.

Backup Folding Fillet Knife
Buck” 0220BLS-B. This does not come with a sheath.

Wading Shoe
I wear the “torrent” wading shoe from Korkers and when it gets colder I wear a wetsuit bootie with a korker studded sandal over it. Both are pretty good to swim in.

Scented Gel
I recommend Mike’s Lunker Lotion in “Bunker/Menhaden" available at It is a gel so it lasts longer, it turns bumps into solid strikes, it will catch you fish when nobody is catching, plus it will keep your hooks from rusting. Just put some in the hook holes of the plug and on the tied tail. I never fish without it.

Surf Bags
All my surf bags are made by Tom White of “Commando Surfcasting”. He really knows his stuff and nobody makes a finer bag than Tom. He makes the only bag that will hold my Trollers, SLIM Troller and Sand Pike XL, all ten inch plugs. He has sure made my life easier, now I have no problem carrying my bigger plugs and you cannot stick a hook in the material he makes his bags out of. Contact Tom at

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