|LIP SERVICE: This modified plug runs shallow with enticing action. Illustration: Pete Sucheski|
Turn your old, drab and crusty diving plugs into new fish catchers by clipping off the lip. This is a popular tactic for catching sharks and barracuda on the flats, but also works well on shallow-water stripers, seatrout, redfish and even offshore for dolphin. Many popular lures can be modified this way, including the Rapala Original Floating Minnow, Rebel Minnow, Cotton Cordell Red Fin, Bomber Long A and Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow. The lipless lure has inherent action, but add twitches and jerks, or use a stop-and-go retrieve to make the lure come more alive. It runs very shallow and periodically sloshes at the surface, so it is ideal for fishing over shell beds, grass flats and around pilings.