Vince

Catch More Fish With My Favorite Plastic, The Zoom Fluke

Every fisherman has their favorite go to fishing lure. Mine is the Zoom Salty Super Fluke. I have been using the Zoom fluke for years and wanted to show how to set the rig up.

My with a catch using the Zoom Super Salty Fluke

Me with a bass caught with a Fluke

The Zoom Salty Super Fluke

Like I mentioned above, the Zoom Salty Super Fluke is my go to plastic. But, in my experience, color matters. I have tried all color options but only have consistent success with the Watermelon Seed color. I’m sure this has to do with the part of the country I live in. I have tried the shad color on creeks and rivers but I always end up going back to the Watermelon Seed.

Zoom Salty Super Fluke Watermelon Seed Package

Above is a photo of the Flukes that I personally use. They can be hard to find, especially in the spring. I either get them from Walmart, Amazon or you can usually find them at most other fishing lure online store.

They come in a resealable bag which you will want to use. These Zoom Salty Super Flukes, will dry out on you.

What Type of Fish Will Hit The Zoom Fluke

When I introduce this lure to friends, the first question is usually, what hits it? Though the Zoom Salty Super Fluke is sold as a large mouth bass lure, I can tell you that many other fish do hit it. If you think about what the bait resembles, any predatorial fish will go after this lure.

I catch 90% large mouth with the Zoom Fluke but have also caught small mouth, hybrid bass, sauger, and even small catfish. I would only target large mouth, small mouth and possibly hybrid bass using the Fluke.

The Hook

Gamakatsu weighted bass hook

Fishing the Zoom Fluke takes a specific rig to make it swim alive attracting feeding fish. Many will recommend using a regular worm hook but I like to use a weighted wide gap worm hook. When you tap the tip of your pole, your fluke jump up and then shimmers down quite nice. Depending on weight of your hook, the heavier, the faster action it will be.

I like to use a medium weighted hook so it gives plenty of action as the fluke drops, but also doesn’t dive. You want bass to see your lure as an injured bait fish that is flopping around a little.

You have a few choices when it comes to the brand you use. I prefer Gamakatsu for all my hooks (I love their circle hooks). Though a little more expensive, I find them to be thicker hold the sharpness. Your other option is Eagle Claw which is also easily found locally. I would stay away from the generic hooks.

How to Rig a Fluke

There may be other ways to rig a Zoom Salty Super Fluke, but I only do it one way. Below we are going to go over how to hook the fluke to give you wildly live action that will draw in large bass.

Zoom Salty Super Fluke in hand

Take out a fluke and make sure it is usable condition. I find myself throwing old ones back into the bag when I don’t have a trash bag near by. Nothing is worse than being out and finding you have all heavily used lures!

Fluke with hook through mouth area

Insert your hook through what would be the mouth of the fish going downwards. You should insert the hook as deep as the hook eye to the first corner. You want the tip of the hook on the lower part of the body.

Hook inserted and in place

Next, you want to pull the hook all the way through to the hook eye. At that time you will tun the hook so the point is going up into the fluke body. Photoed above, we have not put the hook back through the body yet, it is just resting inside the groves.

Note, when pulling the weighted part of the hook through the fluke, you can tear the body. It is recommended on wetting the weight lead (I spit on it) before going through the body.

fluke rig complete and ready

Next, you will want to pull the head of the fluke up to the eye and insert the hook into the belly of the fluke and come out the top. Once the tip of the hook is coming out the top, you tuck it in the back slightly to cover the tip. You tuck the tip to make it weedless and so it will not get hooked up on a rock or piece of wood.

Note: make sure not to sink the hook tip too far into the back of the fluke. When a fish hits, it has to be able to come out easily to set. Your just looking for enough so it will not get caught on something.

Photoed above is a fluke ready to cast. On the one above, it could be tighter up on the hook eye, I was in a hurry…

How to fish a Zoom Super Fluke

This subject is a little harder to explain than to show. I will give it a shot but check back later this spring, I will be creating a video.

I have best luck fishing this fluke in cover. Either along the bank, in grass or any heavy cover.

Once you cast, let the fluke drop to the bottom. Once it has bottomed out, you tap your tip forward. You don’t need much and depending on where your fishing will depend on the size of bump. When fishing is shallow water, I bump forward slightly (6 inches or so). In deep large water, I bump up.

Once you bump, you will let the fluke drop the the bottom again, then do it again. Keep it in action only letting it sit for a second or two before bumping again.

10 Must Have Items When Out On The Water Fishing

How many times have you been out on the water just to discover that you don’t have something you could really use? It happens, right? Everyone has been there along with myself. Today, I’m going to share my must have items to have while out on the water fishing.

Must Have Items While Fishing

Extra Gear/Lures

So, I’m sure you are not going to forget your gear. But let’s think about it in a different light. How many times have you been out on the water and have you gear fail on you, your reel backlash or you forgot to reload your favorite plastics?

Caring an extra rod and reel (or two) with you can save you a boatload of time if something happens to your gear while out on the water. In place of needing to spend time untangling the line you just back-lashed, you can work on it later.

It is always smart to carry extra of your favorite lures, but do you have an assortment? What if your favorite Fluke just isn’t working? No one likes carrying around a large tackle box, but it just may save your trip out.

 

Hat/Glasses

Smallmouth bass fishing wearing Sombriolet Sun Hat

Far too many people forget one or the other while out on the water. A hat and sunglasses are both important and play different roles.

Hat

Many wear baseball caps while out on the water which works but doesn’t give you full protection from the sun. Using a Sombriolet Sun Hat is a smarter choice. It will protect your face and the back of your neck from the sun. How many times have you come home with a burnt up neck…

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are a no brainier but if you have ever been out on the boat and didn’t bring any, I’m sure you remember going forward. Not only do they protect your eyes from the sun’s rays, they will also help you from getting that ridiculous headache from squinting all day. Everyone needs a good pair of fishing sunglasses. They don’t have to be expensive, just make sure they are polarized and keep them in your tackle box.

Sun Block

While we are on the subject of the sun, don’t forget to take some sunblock. If your going to be out all day, protect yourself.

Phone

Fishing app on phone

Photo Credit: navico

You may think this is pretty obvious, but it is worth mentioning. Besides being your way to communicate if you are in trouble or stuck out on the water for some reason, your phone is a great tool for other fishing related tasks. Here is a list of things you may have not thought about using it for:

  • Camera to snap shots of your catches
  • Maps or GPS to navigate the waters
  • Marking good fishing or potential fishing spots
  • Marking underwater structures you find
  • Fishing and weather apps

Measuring Stick

Bass being measured

Depending on what your fishing for and/or if you are keeping your fish, keeping a measuring stick on you comes in handy a lot. Maybe not really needed if your bass fishing for catch and release, but it could come in handy if your in a tournament. It is also smart to have a measuring stick close by if your keeping your catch. The DNR is strict on size limits and you do not want to have that conversation with an officer on why your catch in an inch short. You will be ticketed.

Tip: Look up length limits on what you fish for per your state regulations. Make your marks on the measuring stick so they are permanent. That way, you are always prepared.

Scale

I know, I know, you are a great judge when it comes to guessing weight. But if your in a tournament, you are going to want to check the right fish to keep for weighing and which to send on his marry way back to the water. A scale is not as important as measuring stick but they are nice to have on hand.

Snacks/Drinks

There is nothing worse than being out on the water all day baking in the sun without having energy. You get sick, dehydrated and it could turn dangerous. I have personally been with a friend that passed out because he was not drinking enough (water, he was drinking plenty of beer). Here are a couple ideas for quick energy:

For food

  • Jerky
  • Nuts or trail mix
  • Sausage sticks
  • Snickers (if you can keep cool)
  • Fruit (apple, banana)

For Drinks

  • Water (of course)
  • Gatorade
  • Apple Juice
  • Jug of tea
  • flavor packs for your water

Stay away from carbonated drinks

Friend/Kid

Dad and son fishing

Some hit the waters on their own. Maybe you have the day off, maybe your retired, some people do fish alone and there is nothing wrong with that. But lets’s think about it from a safety standpoint. You always want someone with you in case something happens.

Let’s take it a step further, why not take someone that may not have the opportunity to fish from a boat much. Spread the love of fishing and take a kid. It could be your own , a niece/nephew, a neighbor kid that is looking for the father figure, etc. Even if it someone from work, that person is going to be very thankful they were invited.

Fishing from a boat may be something you don’t think twice about. But for many, that is a huge treat and they will be grateful. People like this help grow the sport on to the next generation.

Safety Gear

Don’t be lazy or cheap. Have your safety gear on-board at all times. It’s not only smart but some of it is law. You do not want to be boarded by t he coastguard and not have your life jackets and fire extinguisher. Here are a couple other things that may come in handy:

  • Whistle (if your stuck out at night with no power so they can find you)
  • First aide kit
  • Small mirror
  • Air horn (may be law)
  • Extra rope (towing or needing to tie off)

Find your state’s boat safety requirements.

Rain Gear

When out on the water, you never know whats going to happen. I have been on the water many of time with sunny skies, and having a storm blow through. It’s always smart to keep some on the boat. Frogg Toggs are light weight and easy to stuff in someplace tight. I actually keep a set on the boat, in the camper, garage, etc. I’m never without. You can check out what I think about Frogg Toggs on a post I wrote a while back.