Washed Ashore Fishing
One of the greatest features of the wooden metal lip swimmer is that the fisherman has the ability to adjust the depth at which the plug swims, on the go.
I'm sure that countless articles and videos have already been written and produced on this subject. However, I feel that it bears repeating as it can really improve your catch.
It's a simple trick, and it can be the difference between getting skunked and catching fish. Sometimes, it even pays to tune a metal lip swimmer multiple times in a single trip.
Tuning the Line Tie
There are two ways in which a metal lip swimmer can be adjusted to alter the depth at which it swims. The first is by adjusting the line tie on the lure. Almost all metal lip swimmers come out of the package with the line tie running straight out of the lure.
A "Washed Ashore Fishing" metal lip swimmer - with a straight line tie.
By angling the line tie up or down with your pliers, you are able to adjust the depth the lure swims.
When adjusting the line tie upward, the lure will swim deeper in the water column.
Line tie facing up causes the plug to swim deeper.
By adjusting the line tie down, the lure will swim higher up in the water column, or even stay on the surface entirely.
Line tie facing down causes the plug to rise.
Just remember - up is down, and down is up.
If you adjust the line tie up, the plug swims down, and if you push the line tie down, the plug swims up.
Tuning the Lip
The second method of tuning a metal lip swimmer is to adjust the angle of the lip.
I think it's important to preface this by first saying that you should never do this unless absolutely necessary.
It should also never be done to a fully-sealed lure, as it will leave the lure irreparably damaged.
Bending the angle of the metal lip will often times deform the lip ever so slightly, in such a way that it can't really be returned to normal.
Many builders who offer a lifetime guarantee against defects or worksmanship related errors, will not honor that guarantee if the lip has been adjusted or altered.
Lip shape has a significant impact on the action of the plug.
That being said, by adjusting the metal lip in the same way you would the line tie, you can alter the depth at which the lure swims. Again - up is down, down is up.
By moving the lip upwards, closer to a 90 degree angle, the lure will swim deeper. If you open the lip up, closer to a 180 degree angle, the lure will track closer to the surface.
Change it Up!
These two tricks are simple, but have the potential to help produce fish when you're not getting bites.
Part of the beauty of metal lip swimmers is that you can alter the action of the plug on the go, with nothing more than a set of pliers.
A healthy bass on one of my "Washed Ashore Fishing" Small Swimmers.
Be aware of your surroundings, and adjust your plugs accordingly.
A small tweak of the either the line tie or the lip can make a significant difference when you're presented with changing conditions, or finicky fish.
Thanks for reading, and tight lines!
Connor has two goals; to build the best custom wood lures possible, and to help you catch more fish! Connor’s business is called “Washed Ashore Fishing” and some of his most popular plugs include the Slim Eel Swimmer and the Small Surfster.