How to Put a Hook in Zoom Bait

How to Put a Hook in Zoom Bait
Close your eyes and see what comes to mind when "zoom" is mentioned. If a cartoon scene is played out with a coyote chasing a roadrunner followed by the word zoom, perhaps you are in the wrong location. However, if visions of 15-lb. bass slamming a soft plastic bait come to mind, you are in the right place. Zoom manufacturing produces several lines of soft plastic baits that are easy to set up using some of the more popular rigging methods.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • EWG (extra-wide gap) hook
  • Monofilament line
  • Bullet weight
  • Swivel
  • Bead

Texas Rig

Step 1
Attach a 3/0 or 4/0 EWG (extra-wide gap) hook to your monofilament line with an improved clinch knot. Make sure the knot is pulled down tight. Use a pair of snips to trim excess from the knot.
Step 2
Hold the fish hook by the shank, or long part of the hook, so that the point and barb are on top. Insert the point of the hook into the nose of the bait. Push the point of the hook into the bait for 1 inch or so.
Step 3
Turn the point downward and guide the point out through the bottom, or belly, of the bait. Continue to push the hook through the body of the bait until the nose rests just below the eye of the hook.
Step 4
Turn the point of the hook back toward the body of the soft plastic and slightly bend the bait downward. Insert the hook into the body of the bait.
Step 5
Push the point completely through the bait body until it emerges through the top, or back, of the bait. Straighten the bait on the hook and insert the point slightly under the surface of the soft plastic to make the rig weedless.

Carolina Rig

Step 1
Cut a length of line from your main fishing line that is about 15 inches long. This length will be used as a leader for the Carolina rig.
Step 2
Tie an EWG hook using an improved clinch knot and one end of the leader length. Pull the knot tight and trim any excess with snips.
Step 3
Attach a Zoom bait to the EWG hook in the same manner as the Texas rig.
Step 4
Tie the free end of the leader line to the eye of a swivel. Once again, use the improved clinch knot to make the connection.
Step 5
Slide a bullet weight onto your main line so that the point of the bullet is pointing up the line. Place a glass or metal bead on the line just below the bullet weight. Tie the free end of your main line to the swivel eye opposite the leader. Use an improved clinch knot to secure the line to the swivel.

Tips & Warnings

Make the Texas rig weighted by adding a bullet weight to the line before tying on a hook. Position the weight so that the point of the bullet is pointing up the line.
The Carolina rig is designed to allow the bait to move more naturally in the water by means of the leader that extends from the weight. The bead is added to provide a clacking sound during movement. Bass are curious and may be attracted to the noise.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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