In this episode of Dock Talk, Jeff Miller of Canal Bait and Tackle in Sagamore, Massachusetts, shows how to modify a hollow-bodied pencil popper to increase casting distance. He also explains why he likes to replace the lure’s factory-supplied treble hooks with 4X strong VMC trebles.
To weight the lure, Miller carefully gouges a small hole in the bottom of the teardrop-shaped plug with the tip of a sharp knife, then pours in some small split-shot sinkers (copper BB’s also work) until he achieves the desired weight. Then he plugs the hole with a wad of tissue paper and soaks the paper with super glue. When the glue is dry, he attaches the new hooks and he’s ready to fish!