Mann’s G50+ is the deepest diving lure available. Mann’s
claim that at 4 Miles per hour with 200 feet of 80 Pounds
test line out it will dive to a depth of 50 feet, even deeper
on lighter line or superbraid.
This makes it a useful addition to any
offshore arsenal for those days when fish are holding deep.
Tuna, wahoo, marlin and sharks will all hit it but the Mustad
double hooks supplied as standard aren’t strong enough
for tackling the real big guys. Here’s how to rig the
Giganticus to tackle anything that swims.
First remove the standard double hooks, these can always
be refitted if the lure is to be used for “lighter”
fishing. Like this it also makes a great teaser when trolling
for billfish or tuna but it’s best to run it on
a short wire leader to save your 70 Dollar lure if a passing
mako takes a fancy to it.
Thread two sleeves onto the cable and bend back about
4” of cable through the sleeves. Adjust the first
sleeve to make a loop about 3⁄4” long and
crimp in place. Trim the total length of the return in
the cable to 31⁄4”, slide the second sleeve
so that it just covers the cut end of the cable and crimp
this into place.
Do the same at the other end of the cable but before
making the loop slide the swivel and the steel ring onto
the cable. Make sure that both crimped loops are aligned
in the same plane before crimping the sleeves into position.
You should now have a cable harness 10” in length
with a plain crimped loop at one end and a crimped loop
with a swivel and a ring at the other. Now we can assemble
Using two of the shackles link one hook to the end loop
of the harness so that the hook rides point up and link
the second hook to the welded steel ring so that it rides
Select the monster towing bracket provided with the
To attach the harness to the lure push the towing bracket
up through the lip of the lure and attach either a monofilament
or cable leader.
Link the lower hole on the Monster bracket to the unused
eye of the Crane swivel with the first shackle.
Hold the harness along the underside of the lure and
note that the double cable between the first two sleeves
lines up with the original hook attachment eye on the
belly of the lure. Push this up over the eye with one
wire on each side of the eye to keep the harness in a
central position along the lure.
The Stretch 50 has moulded in lugs to allow
location of rubber bands to secure the the harness to
the lure, however I prefer to use light copper wire or
monofilament to secure the harness to the two original
attachment eyes on the lure. Whichever you choose should
break away on the strike allowing the lure to slide away
up the leader.
Now tighten the three shackles with pliers,
double check your crimping, sharpen your hooks and go