DIY Surf Fishing Gear: Homemade Plug Retreiver

Ever lose a plug down the bottom of the tubes in your plug bag? Me too. I was using a hook from a hook and pick set (Eventually, it would rust and be destroyed if I leave it in the bag), but I had a better idea . . .

I was using some wine corks for some projects, and thought I could use a couple of synthetic corks and some wire to make a retrieval tool.

Here is what you need:


  • Wine cork
  • 6-8" of bailing wire
  • Super glue
  • Drill and bit slightly larger than the wire
  • Wire snips
  • Needle nose pliers

Here is what to do:


  • Cut wire to length and bend one end to a hook
  • Drill a hole halfway through the cork
  • Drip super glue into the drilled hole
  • insert the wire into the hole
  • Allow to dry and cure

Done! About five minutes and free. Problem solved. 

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