If you’ve never worked a pencil popper for stripers, no, the method shown in this video is not a joke. That’s how we do it in the surf. However, having the method narrated by someone who sounds like Buffalo Bill from “Silence of the Lambs” and says stuff like, “just as Gepetto brought life to a wooden doll,” just makes the whole thing a lot more creepy. Like really creepy.

Tales from Mt. Striper Surf – “Popping your Pencil” from Bill Moulton on Vimeo.