Art, we have had a lot of good luck using black both in body color and feather/hair application. I theorize that black has a stronger siluette.
David, the Super Strike is a good popper. I have not done enough popper fishing because of all my night fishing. However, I remember using Super Strike day fishing on Race Bar in P-town if the surf was up.
Miguel, the "Surfcasters Journal" just had a feature on the pencil popper last issue. Apparently, the New York surfmen have the hots for that plug.
Your latest photo contribution is again breathtaking. You always put up the most awesome pictures, This is not the first time. I clicked the save feature in my software and put it away hoping to use it in some forthcoming feature if that is okay. Never hesitate to share your photo work.