Buzz is a mad scientist when it comes to getting lures to run properly and he’s been extensively testing the new plug with different hook configurations.
Here is what he’s found…
“The Mag Lip 5.0 pulls to 4 MPH and above when rigged with two size 2/0 treble hooks, which is our factory rigging specifications for this lure,” he says. “The plug will swim up to 4MPH when rigged with two size 1/0 treble hooks and yield more skip-beat action than with the larger trebles.”
The 5.0 will swim to 3-1/2 MPH when rigged with one size 2/0 treble hook on tail or to 2MPH when rigged with one (1) size 1/0 treble hook rigged on the tail of the plug.
“The lure will also swim up to 4 MPH when rigged with one size 4/0 single siwash hook (pictured above) providing the belly split ring is left in place,” says Buzz.
Without the split ring on the belly the 5.0 will only swim to 2-1/2-to-3 MPH when rigged with one single hook on tail. Adding additional weight or split rings on the belly does not improve the action or cause the plug to be trolled faster.
“Similar to the Mag Lip 3.5, raising the pull-point eyelet on the 5.0 more than specified will stabilize this plug allowing it to handle all hook configurations at speeds of 4MPH or more, but doing so would mean the plug would lose its fish producing skip-beat action,” he says.