Thought I would share my techniques on modifying Sisson #41's with the musky faithful. I can do this at my store upon request, but I thought I'd post this for the DIY'ers or those who don't live close to central Ohio.
items you will need:
1. A Sisson #41
2. #6 split rings
4. split ring pliers
5. two-part epoxy
6. drill with 1/16 drill bit
7. finishing nails
8. adult beverage of your choice
Step 1: remove hooks and cheesy bass-sized split rings from the lure. I just use cutters and trash the split rings.
Step 2: drill holes on the under-side of the 'mouth' portion of the lure. Make sure that your drill bit goes all the way through the plastic lip, but not through the exterior of the top side of the lure.
Step 3: insert finishing nails the the drilled holes to measure how long the "pin" needs to be....then cut to size. (small screws, extra large paper clips, and old spinnerbaits make fine 'pins' as well). Cut the pins to proper length.
Step 4: mix small amount of two-part epoxy in something that you can throw away once project is complete. Old lure packaging works well (clear plastic part).
Step 5: dip your pins into the epoxy and insert into drilled holes in your lure.
Step 6: use tongue depressor or popsicle stick to apply a generous amount of epoxy to the pinned holes....filling them in and sealing.
Step 7: Enjoy your adult beverage.....wait several minutes for epoxy to dry.
Step 8: attach larger split rings and hooks to the lure. You can upgrade hooks to a #2 or even #1 if you like, but the hooks Lee puts on these lures now are sufficient to hold a musky. I like the oversized split rings because they add more strength and give you better hooking ability since they add more length to the shank.
Final tip....even with modifications, this is still just a beefed-up bass lure. Lighten your drags a little more than usual to avoid straightend hooks while trolling and hang on.