A needle is supposed to present like a needlefish. Long and slender with no real swimming action. Bass go for it, though (even though I’ve never caught anything yet on a needle, but that’s another story…).
This one is a Wadd needle. The story goes something like this. In the old days, hooks weren’t very strong and someone came up with an idea for a very large plug whose only job was to carry extra large hooks to go after the big cow stripers. For whatever reason, the guy used a needle design, but made it extra large. When it came time to name it, due to the size and shape, someone mentioned something about comparing it to Johnny Wadd – a male porn star at the time – and the name stuck. Its funny how things like that happen. One person makes a joke and forevermore the name sticks. The banana plug I made got its name after a year of use by its creator, Jack Frech, when another fisherman made a comment about how it looks like a banana. Forevermore the name became “banana plug”. Voilà the Wadd needle. :-)
I’m sure lots of woodworking tools, joints, etc found their names in the same fashion, but most are so old nobody can find the etymology.
Anyway, this guy is made from ekki (which I have a ton of and will be dulling my tools with for a long time to come). Ekki is so full of resin that its naturally waterproof. No finish is necessary, but I wiped on some danish oil because I like how it looks. This stuff is so hard that I don’t need grommets, normally used to protect the wood from stress from the wires and hooks getting pulled on. But I used grommets anyway because I like the look of it. It was extremely difficult to through drill. The first blank I tried to drill literally exploded. The resin inside the wood boiled from the heat of drilling, but the bit prevented the steam from escaping. BOOM! It cracked in half lengthwise. After that I took to drilling in 1/2" increments, each time pulling the bit out and cleaning it before going back in for another half inch.
Lenght is about 10-1/2" and it weighs 3-7/8 oz. I chamfered the nose hoping to get a little swim action when its jerked. I haven’t tested it yet. It is so big it doesn’t fit in my surf bag. I’ll have to figure out a way to carry it.
-- Losing fingers since 1969