There are simply too many different builders, each with their own styles, designs, unique action, capabilities and purpose. To really begin to understand the metal lip, the surfcaster honestly needs to put time on the water experimenting with, and fishing these plugs.
Different Types Of Metal Lips
Metal lips generally fall into three rough categories.
To further complicate the matter, and depending on the plug and the style, some metal lips can also be “tuned” to run at different depths.
The Pikie for instance can be tuned to run on the surface by gently bending the line tie and the lip down. It can be made to dive deeper by bending them slightly upwards.
Generally metal lips shine in the open surf, in white water, and especially when big baits like adult bunker, herring and mackerel are the primary forage.
Popular Metal Lip Brands
Today the world of metal lips is dominated by flashy builders, an obsessive sub-hobby of plug collectors and enough different styles and paint jobs to make the average anglers head spin.
The list of companies and builders producing a quality product is extensive to say the least but RM Smith, Beachmaster (BM), Afterhours, Gary Hull, Leftys, Lordship, Tattoo and Gibbs (to name just a few) are all proven names in the game.
Every builder has their individual style and because they are made of wood and not mass produced, each individual plug will have its own character and swagger on the retrieve.
As with many other wooden plugs, metal lips tend to run on the pricier side. Expect to see most builders charging somewhere in the twenty to forty dollar range for each unique plug. That said in my opinion the fish catching ability and the unique experience of fishing a metal lip is well worth the cost of entry.
If you are interested getting your hands on a couple of metal lips, or just want to add another to your collection, then Beachmaster makes some of the best plugs on the market.
BM’s are generally fairly priced, there’s a large second hand market for them, and most importantly the build and action is very consistent and of good quality...
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Calvin is a passionate surfcaster who grew up in the town of Falmouth here on Cape Cod. Calvin joined My Fishing Cape Cod as a member back in April of 2020, and he quickly became one of the top posters inside our forum.