Heddon® Zara® Spook® Puppy
The Zara Puppy is a 3-inch version of Heddon's original Zara Spook - a bait that's been written about more than any other fishing lure due to its legendary ''walk-the-dog'' action. To fish the Zara Spook Puppy, use a rhythmic, slack-line retrieve that makes the Zara walk from left to right, back and forth. Hooks: two #6.
Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 54 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jbush Good bait...With some adjustments This bait works great and casts a mile. The only down side is the hooks. After several uses they began to show wear and rust. I replaced the hooks with Mustad treble hooks and it works great. April 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Weist7573 You wont regret this! I use this lure all the time and i love it. After a summer of using this, I gotta say, I have to get a new one because the paint is starting to chip off a little. I have the baby bass and trust me, it definitely gets the job done with no problem. March 2, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Velas Simple extraordinary Excellent top water lure, the first time i used it: walk, walk, BAM! The only disadvantage of this lure is: its weight. That's why i'd recommend the zara spook or the jr. to cast farther. September 1, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by pjmags My Go To Lure! This lure is outstanding! I put it on yesterday and caught 15+ fish. I was catching one on almost every cast. And i caught a 4 pounder on my third cast. There were fish hitting it 2 and even 3 times in a row before i could set the hook! I use the baby bass color and absolutely love it. When the fishing gets tough i pull out the spook puppy. Now im gonna buy the original spook August 25, 2012
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Details:and when should i fish it?
what time of year?
what time of day?
A:You need to use a "walk the dog" technique. If you dont know what this is, just look it up on youtube. It takes a little bit to get used to but once you figure it out, it'll definitely work in your favor. When i use this, its usually in the morning, and anytime of the year works fine preferably on a warm day tho. And I've used mine in almost every situation, open water, over weeds and other cover.
Top 50 Contributor
A:Anytime is really good. The question is speed. Depending on the time of day, time of year, and water clarity. For baits like this, I recommend trying various cadences. Sometimes a turn and burn version is great, other times, a reel/reel/pause (varying times on pause) will work. As for where, well, anywhere that bass is lurking. Main thing I hone in on in the spring is when shad hit the top of the water. When they are doing that, there is a predator below. Throw it beyond that spot and bring it over them. I've caught countless bass with this technique. Hope this helps.
Details:My zara puppy has a small whole in the front nose, do they all come like this or is it a defect?
A:The hole in the front of the lure is in fact supposed to be there. It helps with the action and noise.
A:Yes. They all seem to have these holes. Actually if you look closely, you will see that it is fille with a metalic substance. Its probably where the tiny metal rod is inservted while on the factory machine getting paitned and rotated. Don't worry, its not a defect.
Top 100 Contributor
A:Does it still have the ring to tie your line onto? Sounds like that is missing. Either way, this bait is made to float, and sound like it is a defect.
Top 1000 Contributor
A:Some come this way and some don't. It's not a defect and water doesn't come in from it.
If it really bothers you then put a small drop of super glue to cover up the hole.
Tip, add a feathered treble to the back and work it erratically, and vary they cadence with pauses. BOOM! BASS!
Details:i get a lot of follows but not many strikes.
A:Sometimes bass are in just watch mode. If you are getting it everytime in the same place on different days then you nered to look closer around to see what the bass' food source is there. It may just be that they have plentiful baitfish swiiming around (switch to spinner or swim bait) or perhaps its a heavily fished area and they have all seen topwater a thousand times. Try switching to a Yamamato senko worm or a flashy jerkbait, Whateever the case, I have fished many ponds and lakes where bass just aren't topwater feeders in those locations- It can be very frustrating try to figure it out though. Good luck.
Top 1000 Contributor
A:Some fish are just timid like that and just want to check it out. Thats just how it is, unfortunately. The best thing you can do in a situation like that is give the bait small twitches (so you're not scaring them) and be extremely patient, work it very slowly.
Top 500 Contributor
A:try pausing every few feet for 5 or 10 seconds
A:try to fish it as slow as you can. if that doesnt work try switching to a worm or a jig
Top 50 Contributor
A:It's not that easy of a question but most of the time, varying your pause retrieve and speed will help. It may not be slower but faster. Let the other fish that strike tell you. Pay attention to how your cadence is. If it's a specific speed, try duplicating that speed. Maybe it's the time between pauses. Bass can't stand when a lure stops for longer than 10 seconds. As soon as you move the lure again, you get the strike. Situations calls for different things. It could also be the lure color. Sometimes, the bass wants it but the color isn't what it likes. A simply change of lure color & you may get strikes from everywhere. Bass can be fickle sometimes. The lure itself just may not be right. Change the lure too. Keep trying until you get that strike, then follow up with that with similar colors etc...
Hope this helps.
A:Either fish i slower, or us a stop and go what works for me is doing 2 or 3 sweeps pausing for 3 or 4 seconds, and doing 2 or 3 more.
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