“I always upsize the front hook first and then work back because I want that bait to have a nose-down characteristic in the water,” McClelland said. “If one No. 4 doesn’t achieve complete buoyancy, or it’s not allowing the bait to sink slightly, then I might add a second No. 4 in the middle of a McStick 115 or the back position of a 95.”

For minor adjustments, McClelland occasionally adds another split ring to his bait. Strategically, he adds the ring to the hook eye, behind the point at which the hook intersects the standard split ring.

“The additional split ring has no interference with the action of the hook,” McClelland said. “It never interferes with hooking or landing a fish; and, in my mind, it’s another piece of metal clanging on the hook that could actually create a little more noise for added incentive.”