There’s something rewarding about catching fish with hacked gear. You’re putting your own spin on a time-tested approach, and that personalized touch can make all the difference.

Given all the variety in off-the-shelf soft plastics, you might not think there’s much you can do to improve what comes out of the blister pack. But these three hacks with a finishing nail will give soft plastics a different action, and that can supercharge action on the water.