Captain Jack's Chapman Ranch Plug
Captain Jack's Chapman Ranch Plug

“Only the fish and my most trusted friends got to see my plugs.
If others had my lures they would be able to catch more fish,
glut the market and ruin the price of fish."

- “Pluggin’ Shorty”

Captain Jack's Chapman Ranch Plug

History of Pluggin Shorty Fishing Lure

A replica plug that was originally designed by Anton Stettner aka “Pluggin’ Shorty” and manufactured by Doug English Lure Co 1948 - 1950

Plugs are a popular type of hard-bodied fishing lure. They are widely known by a number of other names depending on the country and region. Such names include crankbait, wobbler, minnow, shallow-diver and deep-diver.

King of the artificial lure fisherman Anton Stettner known as “Pluggin’ Shorty” could catch more with his lures than another angler fishing at his side with live shrimp. “Pluggin’ Shorty” once brought in 100 pounds of trout, while Dale Wassen, fishing next to him was unable to get one. Anton Stettner “the best lure fisherman on the Gulf coast” was born in Austria in 1901. By 1935 he was carving his plugs at home at night and fishing them during the day. He created plugs with wings that would stay up in the water column.

The History of Tackle Makers of Texas

The great state of Texas has produced many important innovations in fishing tackle history—from the earliest known Texas tackle patent from 1853 (a spring hook invented by an African-American named Henry Sigler) to the multitude of baits offered by the Whopper Stopper and Bomber Bait Companies. But one part of the Lone Star State has been somewhat overlooked, at least by the rest of the country. This two-part article will profile three tackle manufacturers from the port city of Corpus Christi, Texas: Sportsman’s Lure Company, Padre Island Bait Company, and the Doug English Lure Company. While this piece in no way pretends to be comprehensive, it should give a bit of insight into these firms during the heyday of 20th century American fishing—the 1950s—and help bring a bit of their history to a broader audience. - The Tackle Makers of Corpus Christi, Texas - by Dr. Todd E.A. Larson © 2008 - Read Part I and Part II of this Blog article here.

About Chapman Ranch Plug

Plugs are a popular type of hard-bodied fishing lure. They are widely known by a number of other names depending on the country and region. Such names include crankbait, wobbler, minnow, shallow-diver and deep-diver. The term minnow is usually used for long, slender, lures that imitate baitfish, while the term plug is usually used for shorter, deeper-bodied lures which imitate deeper-bodied fish, frogs and other prey. Shallow-diver and deep-diver refer to the diving capabilities of the lure, which depends on the size of the bib and lure buoyancy.

Fish that are caught with the Chapman Ranch Plug are at depths from 1 to 5 feet and many strike the bait while it is sinking or as soon as it hits the water. The best way to check out the depths of the lure is to count down as soon as it hits the water and then start your retrieve. This bait is best used for catching all types of fish, such as trout, bass, red fish, drum, and many more. For a great day of fishing, this is the bait for you.

Classic Plugs

Classic plugs float on surface but simultaneously dive under the surface of the water and swim with a side-to-side wobbling movement (hence the alternative name wobbler) upon retrieval. Plugs can dive to either a very shallow depth due a small bib, or to a moderately deep depth (i.e. several metres) due to a large bib. Sometimes plugs are named after their diving ability, e.g. "deep-diver" or "shallow-diver". Plugs can also be designed to hover (neutral buoyancy), sink slowly or sink rapidly. Some have a small metal ball inside to "rattle" when retrieved. They can be finished in a wide variety of colors and color patterns, or printed with very lifelike fish, frog and crayfish patterns.

Buy a replica - “PLUGGIN’ SHORTY” Today!

Two "Replica" Chapman Ranch Plug's to Choose from:

White Blank Plug w/ Hardware
Product Code: plug001

Blank Color, easily modify this plug with paints and markers to make the best looking and best fish catching lure you have ever owned.

Included with Plug:

  • #SR3 Split-Rings
  • #6 3X - Treble hooks

Price: $3.99

Red Head Plug w/ Hardware
Product Code: plug002

This Red Headed version, is manufactured with a painted head and a yellow eye with a black pupil. This lure also features a top fin and tail painted with a hint of yellow.

Included with Plug:

  • #SR3 Split-Rings
  • #6 3X - Treble hooks

Price: $3.99


General Processing & Shipment

Processing and Shipping

Captian Jack's Chapman Ranch Plug manages its inventory to ensure maximum product freshness for each order. We generally process and ship orders within 3 - 5 business days (does not include weekends and major holidays), with exception for larger or custom orders.

We conscientiously make every effort to process and ship your order in a timely and secure manner after we receive your payment. However, during very busy times, processing may take an extra day or two. We appreciate your understanding in this regard. Any major delays will be posted on our site.

We reserve the right to adjust shipping times without prior notice.

Once we receive your order we log and queue it for processing. We notify you by email when your order is placed and again when your order is packaged and shipped. Your shipping email confirmation includes:

  • summary of your order
  • shipping date
  • shipping carrier,
  • tracking information if available
  • other pertinent delivery information

Orders are shipped via United Parcel Service (UPS) or United States Postal Service (USPS) unless otherwise specified. The shipping cost for your order is calculated according to the cumulative weight of each item when you checkout. You are able to verify the total cost of your order, including shipping and handling, at that time.

Sorry, we do not ship via C.O.D. We also do not ship to post office boxes, APO/FPO addresses, or via international postal services. We suggest you have your order shipped to a friend or relative who can then forward it to you. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Order Tracking
You may track your orders using the tracking number included in your shipping notification. For your convenience you may use our online tracking system to track your order. To do this:

  1. Simply login to your account on our site
  2. View your order history
  3. Click the tracking number link if available
  4. Agree to the terms and agreements
  5. Click the "Track" button to view your shipping information

If you prefer otherwise, both UPS and USPS provide online tracking systems for this purpose.

Special Delivery Instructions
Delivery dates and times of your order are subject to the delivery criteria of our carriers. UPS and USPS offer varied and flexible delivery options that satisfy the requirements of most orders. Typically we are able to comply with your delivery needs within those parameters. If you have a special delivery requirement, please include it in the "Special Instructions" section on the order page. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

We can expedite processing and shipping for some items at an additional charge. This service is subject to our workload and product availability. Please contact us for details.

It is a rare exception that your order will be delivered after the specified delivery date. Should this occur and your order does not fit one of our "Delivery Exceptions" criteria, please contact us to arrange for a partial or full refund of your shipping charge.

Backorders or Discontinued Items

We will notify you on the rare occasion a product item is backordered or discontinued to amend your order or specify an estimated shipping date. We will contact you via the email or phone information you provided with your order. If you would like to provide your own guidelines on potential modifications to your order, please include these in the "Special Instructions" section of our order page. If a modification is required we will exert every effort to honor your request.

Delivery Exceptions

There are unusual situations beyond our control where we are unable to guarantee prompt or secure delivery. These situations include:

  • Severe Weather and Other "Acts of God": We will do our best to inform you of the situation and make alternate delivery arrangements if your delivery is delayed or rendered impossible because of inclement weather.
  • Delivery Refused by Recipient: If the intended recipient refuses to accept your delivery, we will refund your purchase price less a 30% restocking fee and shipping charges if the package is returned to us in resale condition. However, we do not guarantee a refund if the package contains perishable goods.
  • Recipient Absent at Time of Delivery: Please ensure that someone will be available to accept your delivery when it arrives, otherwise please use the "Special Instructions" section on our order page to specify a neighbor or other secure location where your package may be delivered. At their discretion, the delivery person may leave a message or secure your delivery in a safe place for the recipient to retrieve it when they return if the recipient is not available at the time of delivery.
  • Incorrect or Incomplete Address Provided: Please ensure the "ship to" address for your delivery is correct and complete. Your delivery may be substantially delayed in the case of incorrect or incomplete address information, particularly deliveries to offices or apartment buildings. We will attempt to contact you as soon as we are aware of any difficulty with your delivery. If we are unable to reach you, we will attempt to contact the recipient to request a corrected address. We may assess additional fees if subsequent delivery attempts are required. Please be mindful that you, the customer, is responsible for the entire purchase if we receive an incorrect or incomplete address and the delivery is made. Captian Jack's Chapman Ranch Plug is not responsible for deliveries to incorrect or incomplete addresses once the customer has verified the "ship to" location is correct.
  • Packages Left in Offices or Mail Rooms: Products sent to businesses or buildings where deliveries must be made to a central mail room or receptionist may be delayed internally. Please ensure the intended recipient knows to expect your delivery so they may receive it appropriately upon arrival. We strongly advise you take added delivery precaution for more delicate or perishable merchandise.

Disclaimer: We do not guarantee the condition of package contents in any of the exceptional circumstances described above since contents may be damaged by extreme handling or environmental factors. Captian Jack's Chapman Ranch Plug is not responsible for packages damaged by exposure or neglect after delivery has been attempted or made.

Damage Claims:
Please inspect packages upon arrival. You must report any damages, missing items or missing boxes to both USPS and Captian Jack's Chapman Ranch Plug within 3 days of receiving your order. If you notice any damage to the shipping package upon delivery, report it to the USPS driver and then report it directly to USPS. USPS will send someone to inspect the package. If you notice any damaged items upon unpacking the order:

  • leave the package and its contents as is
  • save all of the packaging material
  • contact USPS to arrange an inspection of your package
  • contact us so we may process your claim

We will not replace damaged merchandise unless the package has been inspected by USPS. Your replacement will be shipped once we have been issued a claim number from USPS. We also will not replace missing items unless they are reported within 3 days of the receipt of your order.

In the event that we make an error, we will of course gladly authorize the return of incorrect or defective merchandise and pay for the return shipping costs.

Get in touch

Tel: 713-253-4604

18510 Barbuda Lane
Nassau Bay, TX 77518

Originating Regional Area
Tackle Makers of Corpus Christi, Texas