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Thursday, November 20, 2008

• Zoom Super Fluke

The Zoom Super Fluke is a member of a very exclusive group of lures called soft plastic jerkbaits. With its tapered body, forked tail, and bulging belly, the Super Fluke gives anglers a bait which can truly match the hatch. The belly has two flaps on each side with a recess in between to conceal the hook. The Super Fluke really shines when used in water from two to eight feet deep. It can be used as a substitute for the popular Senko-type baits or as an alternative to hard jerkbaits. A soft jerkbait like the Super Fluke traditionally works well during the prespawn period, but catches bass consistently year round. It is especially effective during the summer months when cast into shaded overhangs. In the fall, a soft plastic jerkbait worked in shallow water is an effective approach. The Super Fluke has worked well for me during the prespawn period as well as in the fall on into winter here in Louisiana. Master a soft plastic jerkbait in these conditions and you swing things in your favor.

Zoom's fluke comes in three sizes. The Super Fluke is a 5" jerkbait, but has 4" and 7" siblings. The 4" and 5" fluke comes in packs of ten and the 7" fluke only comes in packs of five. The available colors are largely unique to the Fluke family. I prefer the pearl or bait fish colors, but most of the colors you can choose from convey a very natural look. There are various shades of silver with different glitter flecks to choose from.

An EWG offset hook is ideal for use with a soft plastic jerkbait. A screw-lock EWG hook is even better in my opinion. Depending on the size of the lure, you can use a 3/0 or 4/0 EWG hook. The longer flukes warrant using a minimum of a 5/0 EWG hook. Texspose the hook point into the back of the lure to make it weedless. If swimming the lure in open water, you can leave the hook point exposed. An extra wide gap hook can be weighted to change the rate of fall. Put the weight closer to the nose to cause the lure to dive or weight the hook in the middle to give the lure an more level descent. Do not forget about other less common presentations. A soft plastic jerkbait can be rigged on a jig or slider hook and also on a shaky head jig hook. Another way to fish a plastic jerkbait is to rig it wacky by running a 2/0 hook through the middle of the body to create the appearance of a falling injured minnow. You can also run a short shank hook through the nose of the lure in a similar fashion the Banjo Minnow uses. After all, the Banjo Minnow is nothing more than a soft plastic jerkbait. You can also double rig two flukes together at the same time. This rig is also called a Donkey Rig. Flukes can also be used as spinnerbait trailers and also as swimblade trailers.

As I mentioned earlier, mastering your technique with this lure will give you a great advantage. I work a Super Fluke much like I would a Senko, but the Super Fluke offers a more natural appearance. Spend plenty of time on the water getting a feel for the weight of a plastic jerkbait because many times, it will feel as though nothing is tied on the end. This lure can be effectively fished using a series of twitches. The trick is to find out what the bass want. This cadence will make or break you out there, so it's important to pay attention. Experiment with fast and slow twitches and attempt to make the bait dart through the strike zone. You are not limited to one rod position or technique when twitching a soft jerkbait. Many times, I hold the rod down towards the water and twitch as if I am using a "walk the dog" technique commonly applied to topwater darters. Other times, I twitch the lure with an upward lift of the rod or a sideways jerk. A simple movement of your wrist may be enough to produce the desired action. A very popular way to fish a fluke is to deadstick. Cast the lure out and let it fall. Let the lure sit there as long as you can without moving it. Then vary between short small movements and quick hops to see what works.

A soft plastic fluke is ideal for those times when a hard jerkbait with treble hooks snag in the weeds. It can be pitched on a weighted hook or a shaky head jig hook, but without the added weight, these light lures can be difficult to pitch. Should you encounter schooling bass, a fluke should be ready to go. Cast across the school and let it fall. The larger bass are lurking beneath the smaller ones feeding at the surface. As they feed, injured shad fall to the bottom where the big ones are waiting for a meal.

The Super Fluke is very durable compared to other Zoom branded plastics. The plastic in the back is much firmer and able to hold the hook in place. You can get some life out of one unless it gets ripped in half. The lure does have its problems. The first issue you may face is related to the packaging. The tail will become deformed if pressed up against the side of the package (see photo). The tail can be straightened, but it will take some time to allow the kink to realign. A little bit of heat may help ease the process. This deformity will negatively affect the behavior of the lure, so it is advisable to make the correction long before you hit the water.

There are many soft plastic jerkbaits on the market, but it is a safe bet that the Zoom Super Fluke will become one of your favorites.

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Anonymous said...

An incredibly versatile lure that mimics a threadfin and other shad presentations. I have found that fish cruising the edge of grass will strike from distances upward of 5-8 feet if the proper cadence is utilized. As the article suggests mastering the technique is the key. I would like to hear the author's descriptions of varied techniques. Also, a detailed article on low overhang or skipping techniques draw my attention.

Anonymous said...

I have used the white pearl super fluke ever since the first time i tried it. ive caught the most n the biggest bass ive ever caught on any lure. i use a #2 weedless hook and throw it right into any opening i can in the biggest weedbed, and if theres a bass nearby he wants it, usually soon as it lands.. if not i let it set a little the give a couple jigs then reel slow and ket it fall again n then just a coupke light jigs. n so on all the way in. if there there ull have them.. its my secret weapon. pisses the peopke with me off but thats ok with me...haha =JIMMY Dixmont,ME

Anonymous said...

hope this helps anyone skeptical about a fluke. these soft plastics are my favorite along with the banjo minow. but the fluke is so awesome because u can hook it different ways, but trust me the best way is to fish it is weedless and bring it through that thick vegitation. my favorite color is the green or (Baby Bass color}. but all colors do work well. try drop shoting one when its during that hot time of the day and those bass dont want to feed. im from southern california and have fished all over and the super fluke works well everywhere. I also fish alot of farm ponds and will sometimes catch 10 bass in 10 casts on those ponds that dont get fished often. if you guys are looking for a good topwater bite then the fluke is the way to go. another thing i recommend is using a #2 offset shank gamakatsu hook. they are the best hook on the market hands down. the only other brand hooks i would suggest too is eagle claw. but the gamakatsu's are so durable and sharp that it makes it hard to miss many fish. I have grown up with fishing with alot of good fisherman and everyone of us has our favorite type of plastic worm or jigs or spinners but when it comes to a swim bait the fluke is the way to go.