Local Luremaker: Derek Ashcroft – Lights Out Lures

While all plug builders value feedback from other anglers and luremakers, ultimately, it’s the fish whose feedback matters most. Derek Ashcroft of Taunton, Massachusetts got that all-important feedback while fishing his first batch of hand-turned plugs, catching stripers to 47 inches on them.

Since then, Ashcroft has refined his plugs and created the Lights Out Lure Company. His pencil poppers quickly landed on the short list of go-to pencils among Cape Cod Canal regulars, and surfcasters throughout the Northeast are continuing to learn of their effectiveness.

Ashcroft’s goal in designing a pencil was to make a plug that could reach the far-out fish in the Cape Cod Canal. His early designs had a wider profile that he’s since slimmed down to its current design. “When I first made the shape that I use to this day, I showed it to another plug-builder friend and he said, ‘Kid you nailed it!’”

These days, Light Out Lures offers a full line of plugs.  “Since 2014 I’ve been testing and creating metal lip swimmers in various sizes and profiles, Polaris-style poppers, sinking and floating pencil poppers–the list keeps growing,” Ashcroft said. “My favorite by far is a three-ounce pikie. Such a versitile and effective plug!”

Ashcroft credits his success as a plug builder to the people who helped him along the way, from the plug-building community on StripersOnline.com to fellow lure makers and fishermen.

Colby Brouilette with a 42-pounder that fell for a Lights Out Pencil.

Fishermen can find Lights Out Lures at some of the winter fishing shows and flea markets, as well as: Buzzards Bait and Tackle, Bourne, MA
Cape Cod Charlie’s, Bourne, MA
Tomo’s Tackle, Salem, MA
Main Bait and Tackle, Fall River, MA
Ocean State Tackle,  Providence, RI
Quonny Bait and Tackle, Charlestown, RI
Bobby J’s Bait and Tackle, Milford, CT
Fisherman Supply, Point Pleasant, NJ

      • boeg

        just like youre dad grew up with him in dighton logged a lot miles on the 3 mile behind raytheon hope he is well. i live on mashnee island an fish the canal alot mostly by boat. but using pencils out front we catch some really nice fish. i willlook for your plugs and give um atry. the boeg

        • Ffeja

          You and your brother must come in my boat for some good ole pogy bassin at river and Mt. hope bay and troll or cast some lights out lures. I will love it. U in?


      were can i get that at i am in kingston ny .can you send me a address or do i order it from you.thanks i fish the hudson river in kingston ny

  1. Mike Newsham

    My go to plug if you want distance, his popper cut the wind like a knife. Great action and control.

  2. Mimi and Russ

    Excellent plug! Derek is an outstanding builder and his service is great…..

  3. Frank Burley

    Can’t wait to throw one of those Pikies my nephew picked one up at a show in Jersey.Although I only fish the canal for two weeks a year because ofmyFlorida residence when ever he sees me he stops and talks Great guy Great plugs

  4. Robin Nash Quonny B&T

    Good for you Derek🐟 First year 2016 carrying LIGHTS OUT LURES. Great response from my customers. Couldn’t keep on the shelves.

  5. Albiejay

    Derek makes some of the best plugs I have have ever used and are a must have for anyone serious about fishing the Cape Cod Canal

  6. martin

    Hey D-man:
    I live north of Portland Maine.
    We start striper fishing around Mothers Day.
    So where can I buy your floating plugs??

  7. David Henault

    Lot of great colors and very long casting pencils
    Derek makes great plugs
    Ocean State Tackle 430 Branch Ave

  8. Kyle

    These lures are great and really zing ,fished with him a couple times and hes also a good guy.
    You really need one of these lures to get out their to those breaking fish.

  9. Tony

    Did Derek burn a few shops , and now is banned from ever showing his face?


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