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.
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A cow killer in calm water
November 18, 2019
These Danny lures are great. On a slow retrieve in calm water they have excellent action. They come equipped with excellent hooks. Don't mess with the angle of the lip, but you can turn the eyelet up for it to swim deeper or down for it to swim higher in the water.
ProsExcellent action, great hardware.
ConsDoesn't cast very far, not good in rough water
By Peter F.
Danny surface swimmer
July 4, 2019
I haven't used it yet but I'm about to love it its pretty cool
ProsNice mackerel paint job. It's big. But thats what I wanted
May 30, 2019
Did a great job, cause 2 big fishes with it.
Mays Landing, NJ
Stike triggering action
December 16, 2017
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
November 15, 2017
Great swimming lure that consistently entices fish to chomp it. Double treble hooks usually seals the deal.
Prossharp, sturdy hooks
Hudson Valley, NY - Hyannis, MA
Can't Wait for Striper Season
January 25, 2017
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
glen cove, New York
bigger is better
October 21, 2016
i think the larger version of the plug swims way better. the action on this size plug doesn't get the job done.
August 3, 2016
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.
April 26, 2016
Best swimming metal lip I own. casts good and produces fish. Its the bigger of Gibbs swimmers. I love it.
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.
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
November 21, 2015
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.
new york, NY
June 6, 2015
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
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.
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!