Re: The Rubba revolution
Salt water fisherman, Stripermen in particular, can be stubborn to change. The rubba revolution had completely taken hold in the fresh water, before salts started to catch on to it. Many reasons are kicked around, such as the big money involved with the Large Mouth Bass tourneys, and endorsement monies generated by putting your name on stuff.
It eventually trickled in, and the initial offerings really kinda sucked. Some of the early stuff was actually quite good, and still hangs tough today.
The Femlee Eel was one of those products. Early versions were more of a sand Eel imitator, size wise, and were more often used ahead of a plug dropped as a teaser. Many a dark night, I caught more fish on that 6 inch rubber Eel than I did on the plug that chased it. Occasionally a double up would really get the blood boiling. My preference was to use a large metal lipped swimmer, usually black, with a fairly slow retrieve with a few tip slams that made the tail of the plug slap the surface. Sort of making it look like a strike attempt on the Eel. With the tip held high at 11:00 the Eel would usually be right at or just below the surface almost as if flaring.
I may be wrong, but my memory serves that Femlee was the first salt water rubber to add the wedged tail that effects a swimming action to the lure, now copied by almost 80% of all the molded rubber imitations on the market today.
For the most part, at first, jigs were the preferred method of using rubber. Large mister twister type "grub" tails with the signature curl were threaded onto the shaft of bucktails and bounced off the bottom allowing the tail to give its well known swimming appearance. In some cases they caught as many Fluke as they did Bass.
As these early presentations grew in popularity, manufacturers and the Dr. Frankensteins among us began to experiment with other types of imitations. Fresh water success stories were also put on steroids and offered to the salt water community, now willingly spending their money on lures, that in some cases, last as long as live bait.