Zoom Horny Toad - 4''
There are plastic baits, and then there are Zoom® baits. The difference is undeniable. Want proof? Just take a peek into your favorite tournament angler's tackle box and start counting the Zoom bags. For those who lay it on the line every time out, there can be no other choice. Every Zoom soft plastic bait is wholly realistic, super-soft to the touch (for the extra action needed to pull that reluctant money fish), and salt-impregnated to hold even the most tentative bite.
- Realistic appearance
- Super-soft to the touch
- Extra action
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The most fundamental rule is to fish brightly colored baits in dingy or muddy water and light, subtle colors in clear water. The logic here is that a bass' visibility is hampered by silt, and colors like chartreuse, yellow and orange are easier to see than bone, pumpkinseed and smoke. On the other hand, when water is clear and the fish can get an unobstructed look at the bait, it's best to go with softer, more natural colors.
For instance, when water clarity is poor (visibility a foot or less), many pros use spinnerbaits with chartreuse or yellow skirts or crankbaits in a "fire tiger" pattern — orange belly, chartreuse sides, dark green back. Conversely, in clear water, white or white/blue spinnerbaits are favorites, as are crankbaits in chrome, bone and various natural finishes (crawfish, shad, sunfish, etc.).
The same principle applies with soft plastics — worms, lizards, grubs and tubes. In dingy water, dense colors are the rule, and two-color worms with bright tails offer added visibility. Examples are grape, black or blue baits with chartreuse, red or orange tails.But in clear water, lighter, more translucent colors seem to work best. Favored colors here include pumpkinseed, motor oil, strawberry and smoke. Also, bits of metalflake molded into these see-through worms provide extra flash and attraction to bass in high-vis situations.
The jig-and-pig is a standard bait for flipping, pitching or casting. In clear water, preferred color combinations are a black jig/blue trailer (either a pork chunk or plastic crawfish), black/brown and pumpkin pepper/green; in stained water, black/yellow and black/chartreuse are perennial producers.
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2. In weeds, moss, lilly pads, etc. (my favorite), use a non-weighted screw in type single or double frog hook no. 4 or 5. Skip, flip or cast light color toad in that money spot. Let it sink briefly and retrieve. The faster you retrieve the quicker it get and stays on top. They seem to be relatively weedless so let that hook come out the top of his back. When you find a hole in the moss or lilly pads stop and let him sink. I have caught quite a few on the fall. Use braided line and rip him out. White is pretty good!
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