How to Fish a Zoom Fluke

How to Fish a Zoom Fluke
The Zoom Fluke is a soft plastic jerk-bait used to catch bass. The lure is 3 to 5 inches long and is designed to imitate baitfish, also referred to as fingerlings. It has a split, hollow body cavity that enables the bait to be hooked from above, below or through the side without affecting its action. The Fluke also comes in a variety of colors that can be chosen to match the baitfish found in the waters you will be fishing.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Fishing With a Zoom Fluke

Things You’ll Need:
  • Zoom Fluke lure 3/0 or 4/0 hook Fishing line Rod and reel
  • Zoom Fluke lure
  • 3/0 or 4/0 hook
  • Fishing line
  • Rod and reel
 
Step 1
Find out what types of baitfish are found in the areas you will be fishing and select a Fluke that resembles them in size and color. Make sure the Fluke you choose is also appropriate for the water color and conditions.
Step 2
Rig the Fluke with or without weight using a Carolina or Texas-rig. For a weedless presentation, begin by inserting the hook through the top of the bait with the eye of the hook pointing toward the end of the Fluke.
Step 3
Run the hook down through the bait and then back up through the torso until the point protrudes slightly from the top of the lure. This creates a weedless presentation that easily exposes the hook set once a strike occurs.
Step 4
Cast the Fluke into weed beds or near docks or a submerged structure.
Step 5
As you retrieve the lure, use a series of soft, stop-and-go twitches to imitate the movements of an injured or fleeing baitfish. Be prepared for strikes when you pause in between jerky twitches.
Step 6
If a traditional stop-and-go retrieval isn't effective, try "deadsticking." To do this, cast the lure and let it fall. Wait as long as you can before moving it. Then alternate between short, soft movements and quick hops until you find a rhythm fish respond to.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Flukes are very oily when new. Before you use them for the first time, dip the lures into water and wipe them dry with a paper towel to remove the oily residue.
 
The soft plastic material tears easily. Do not expect them to last for more than four or five landings. Flukes are very reactive to temperature. In cold weather, the lure can become so stiff it no longer appears lifelike in the the water. On the other hand, in extremely warm weather, a Fluke can soften enough that it tears when you cast it.
 
The soft plastic material tears easily. Do not expect them to last for more than four or five landings.
 
Flukes are very reactive to temperature. In cold weather, the lure can become so stiff it no longer appears lifelike in the the water. On the other hand, in extremely warm weather, a Fluke can soften enough that it tears when you cast it.

Resources

Article Written By Richard Hansen

Richard Hansen grew up and currently resides in Minnesota. He graduated from Dartmouth College and has traveled extensively in Africa and South America, including the Amazon jungle. He has worked as a wilderness guide in Yellowstone and northern Minnesota, and written for Fur-Fish-Game, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine and RascalHansen.com.

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