How to Use a Zoom Fishing Lure

How to Use a Zoom Fishing Lure
Mention the word Zoom to many anglers and images of worms, toads, flukes, ribbon tails and other plastic baits instantly come to mind. Zoom is known for its wide diversity in bait offerings, not only in type of plastic imitation bait but for their enormous range of unique colors. Rigging a Zoom bait is a matter of personal preference, however, there is a tried and true method that many people use that is suited to the majority of Zoom baits.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Cone weight (tungsten or lead)
  • Bead (glass, plastic or metal)
  • Zoom bait
  • Offset round bend hook
  • Sharp scissors
Step 1
Slide a cone-shaped tungsten or lead weight onto the end of the fishing line. The weight used will be based on personal preference, distance of the cast and depth you will be fishing. Position the weight so that the tip of the cone is pointing up the line. Slide a metal, plastic or glass bead on the line below the weight.
Step 2
Attach an offset round bend hook to your fishing line with a Palomar knot. Tie the Palomar by feeding 6 to 8 inches of line through the eye of the hook so that the line exits on the bend side of the hook. Turn the line back and feed it through the eye. Pull the free end of the line up along the main line to form a double line on one side of the eye and a loop on the other.
Step 3
Tie an overhand knot with the loop and doubled line. Pull the loop down around the bend of the hook, moisten the knot and pull the knot down tightly against the eye of the hook. Trim the free end of the line to within 1/8 inch of the hook eye.
Step 4
Hold a Zoom bait in one hand so that the nose can be accessed for rigging. Insert the point of the hook into the nose of the bait and pull a 1/2 inch down through the center of the plastic bait body.
Step 5
Push the hook so that it exits the bottom of the bait. Turn the hook point back toward the bait. Bend the Zoom bait slightly and insert the hook through the bait and out the top. Arrange the bait on the hook so that it is flat and can be presented naturally in the water.
Step 6
Insert the point of the hook just below the surface of the plastic bait so that a fish will not sense the point during a strike and spit out the bait.
Step 7
Cast the Texas-rigged Zoom lure along structure, into weeds and lily pads and anywhere a fish might be suspended or feeding. The weight on the line is designed to help you cast farther and get the Zoom bait through weeds and down into the water quickly. Work the bait along the bottom or allow it to sit motionless for several seconds and twitch the bait along the bottom or near structure.

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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