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Saturday, November 24, 2007

• Zoom 6" Lizards

The Zoom lizard is one of my favorite soft plastic lures to use any time of year. For many anglers, it is their go-to plastic. It's not as traditional as the plastic worm and the appendages are enough to get the attention you want from any bass. The color selection is beyond anything you will ever need, so pick what you're confident using. I use sapphire blue. They come in packs of 10, although you can buy them in bulk as well. I'm always tempted to buy that 110pc lizard kit, but buying 11 packs at just the right price could save a few bucks compared to buying that kit.

I Texas rig them with a size 4/0 EWG hook, but smaller 2/0 hooks work well too. Using larger hooks can be easier for bass to shake this lizard free. I prefer to add a split shot a few inches above the hook to add weight for better casting distance and to get a faster drop. You wouldn't believe how many hits come on the drop fishing cypress trees. I also get hits dragging this rig across the bottom. A lot of strikes come when the lure sits still for five to ten seconds. I also rig it weightless and work it across like a topwater lure or creep it across duckweed. This lizard is also one of the best lures to Carolina rig. I've tried it on a shaky head rig, but I have another lizard I use that stands on end a lot better than this one. I've played with the notion of using the lower half of the lizard as a jig trailer, but it hasn't produced any bites.

Zoom plastics have always held up great compared to other plastics. The Zoom lizard is no exception, however I've learned that a plastic lure will eventually tear and if you get into a fight, it's almost guaranteed. On average, I can catch two or three fish on one lizard before putting a new one on. I keep re-rigging the hook lower on the body of the lizard until it rips too far. Hang ups in low limbs and a couple of rough swings will do the damage too. They repair with a little bit of flame from a lighter or some superglue and will last for one more fish if you really want to stretch them out. The tails get bit off all the time. I don't get any strikes after the curl in the tail is gone.

Other Zoom Products:
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