|TWEAK ME: A metal-lipped swimming plug hard time resisting a modified metal-lipped swimmer. Photo: John Merwin|
To tune a plug, begin by bending its metal eye down slightly. Test it by making a short cast, then start your retrieve and give a soft tug on the rod. The plug should pop on the surface, throw some water and keep swimming. If you don't get the desired results, keep bending the eye down until the plug splashes easily and swims on or just below the surface. Some plugs require bending both the lip and eye down to make them splash. Bend carefully, keeping the lip straight. If you torque the lip to one side, or bend the lip too much, it effects the action of the plug. You can even bend and cup the edges of the lip with pliers, but this must be done with care, or you could ruin the plug.