The Northbar Tackle Bottledarter is extremely versatile and can be fished a variety of different ways.
On those flat calm nights, the Bottledarter can be swam on the surface much like a metal lip. A painfully slow retrieve makes a nice wiggle and produces a surface wake that is sure to entice some nice fish.
On open beach without much current, a slow steady retrieve works very well. Mix in a few twitches of the rod tip to really make the lure dart.
The Bottledarter lure loves current rips. Cast this lure out and just take up the slack to remain in contact with the lure as it sweeps. Every once and a while take a full crank on the reel while lifting your rod tip (you will feel the lure really swim). Reel down slowly while keeping tension on the line. Repeat this retrieve and hold on!
Loaded with 10cc's of liquid. Northbar's testing shows that a loaded Bottledarter casts very well. The action is slightly different than unloaded. The lure has more darting action and has already taken some very nice fish!
I Love to pull this lure out when many other lures are unfishable. Must have for fishing in heavy current.
April 7, 2020
This lure is rugged and dependable with great action.
ConsNeeds lots of current to give it action.
Big Water Special
January 27, 2020
Faced with a heave or really strong sweep? The Northbar Bottle really digs in and doesnt get washed out no matter how big the surf is. These plugs put big fish on the beach!
Far rockaway, NY
Great action, big profile
April 9, 2019
Great durability, through wire construction, tight wobble, high quality components.
Overall, this lure is great when trying to match a bigger profile bait.
ProsQuality construction and good components
By Rob T.
March 4, 2018
This lures reputation precedes it. Awesome when working in heavy current or choppy surf. They just catch fish. End of story.
February 22, 2018
Great company, local for me, awesome plugs!
ConsI want a lot of them
Catches when nothing else does
July 19, 2017
Literally nothing else I threw would get hit, mind you there were stripers everywhere feasting On adult bunker, after tirelessy casting everything in my plug bag I desperately reached for my north bar in hopes I could coax a hit. First cast..... BOOM, fish on as my drag hisses at me signaling a good fish. After a slow but steady tug of war, 25 pounds of striped bass lay at my feet. Nothing quite like it get yourself one
tough on blues
June 9, 2017
aiming for stripes.......ended up with blues all night! color retained but scratched like hell:-))
Prosplastics sure made the difference.. woods are great but no bullet proof to the blues assassins.
June 6, 2017
Northbars are my go to plugs! I've never failed to catch monsters with the blue mackeral bottledarter. I have been using Northbars for over a year now and have been catching monster snooks, bull reds, and blacktips.
ProsCasts well, various color schemes to choose from
Great lure, above and beyond in colors
March 26, 2017
Overall this is a great investment to your striper arsenal. I was especially happy with the color combinations offered.
March 12, 2017
this lure is good for anytime
Good lure catches fish
November 26, 2016
I use this bottle darter fishing tidal currents without much wind. It didn't cast as well as I had wanted so I loaded it with 1/2oz of water which improved the distance.
ProsGood action and hardware
Consdoesn't cast well
November 24, 2016
I use this lure when fishing on an inlet jetty and it gets pounded on by big fish! I just use a slow retrieve and let the current do all the work for me. Awesome lure. I can also drill a whole and add about 10 cc of water to make it heavier for more casting distance.
ProsAwesome hardware and colors. Great action.
ConsNone, at least for now.
AWESOME BOTTLE PLUG
August 3, 2016
GREAT UNDER HEAVY SURF CONDITIONS THIS PLUG WILL ALMOST ALWAYS PRODUCE.
ProsCasts well, maintains its action.
April 26, 2016
By far one of my best producers of all time. I caught my biggest fish on the lure and I have a lot of confidence in it. I use it in the rips and when its moderate-rough out. A+
Hello. I am a little confused. In the description for this lure, it states that it comes loaded with 10cc of fluid. And the manufacturer provides a tutorial on how to load the Bottledarter. Does this lure come loaded with liquid from the manufacturer? And if so, what kind of liquid is used? Thank you for your time!
We spoke with Northbar. They said none of the lures are loaded. The wording is bad in the description. That is the reason they posted the how-to videos. They suggest loading with mineral oil instead of water to prevent internal rusting.