How to Rig a Zoom Bait

How to Rig a Zoom Bait
Has it been a while since you experienced a really good case of sensory overload? Then look no further than your local well stocked fishing store. Make your way to the soft plastics section, pause momentarily and then start your stroll down the aisle. Zooms to the left and zooms to the right, stuck in the middle again, or so the song goes. With so many designs and colors there must be numerous ways to rig these baits, right? Yes, but it does not have to be difficult. With the knowledge of how to set up a few popular and easy-to-assemble rigs, you can confidently choose a worm or creature for your next outing.


Difficulty: Easy

Texas Rig

Things You’ll Need:
  • Zoom soft plastic bait (worm, stick, toad, creature, etc)
  • Mono filament fishing line
  • 3/0 or 4/0 EWG (Extra Wide Gap) fish hooks
  • Bullet weight
  • Snips
  • Swivel
  • Bead (brass or glass)
Step 1
Slide a bullet weight onto the end of your fishing line. Position the bullet weight so that the point is directed up the line. Select a weight that will provide enough load to slowly sink the tip of the bait.
Step 2
Attach your fishing line to a 3/0 or 4/0 size Extra Wide Gap (EWG) hook with an Improved Clinch knot. (Refer to the Resource section below for detailed instructions on tying the Improved Clinch knot.) Make sure that the knot is pulled down tight and excess line is trimmed from the knot with snips.
Step 3
Hold the EWG hook by the shank so that the point is on top. Insert the point into the nose of the Zoom bait. Push the hook about 1 inch into the the body of the bait and then turn the point down toward the belly. Arrange the bait on the hook so that the nose is on the keeper bend of the hook next to the eye
Step 4
Turn the hook toward the bait and bend the bait slightly downward from the middle. Insert the hook into the bait and push it completely through to the top, or back, of the bait. Straighten the bait so that it lies flat on the hook.
Step 5
Insert the tip of the hook slightly under the surface of the bait to make the Texas rig weedless.

Carolina Rig

Step 1
Cut a 15- to 20-inch section from your fishing line to be used for a leader. Follow the directions in steps 1 through 5 of the first section to Texas rig the leader, hook and bait. However, do not position a bullet weight on the leader length of line.
Step 2
Tie the free end of the leader to the eye of a swivel with an Improved Clinch knot. Pull the knot tight and trim excess with snips.
Step 3
Slide a bullet weight on the main line with the nose of the weight pointed up the line. Slide a glass or brass bead on the line below the bullet weight.
Step 4
Tie the free end of the main line to the swivel eye opposite the one used for the leader. Secure the line to the swivel with an Improved Clinch knot. Tighten the knot and trim any excess line extending from the knot with snips.

Tips & Warnings

The Texas rig can also be fished weightless by simply leaving the bullet weight out of the rigging process.
The Carolina rig is extremely effective and a great go-to when fish become lethargic or finicky.

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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