On Jan. 31, we published a column featuring Glenn Young’s methods of wielding a ZinkerZ spin. It was titled “ZinkerZ Update.” On Feb. 3 Young, who resides in Blythewood, South Carolina, and is the National Sales Manager for Z-Man Fishing Products, filed another helpful explanation on how and where he wields the ZinkerZ spin, as well as the Hula StickZ spin.

He wrote: “First, readers need to understand that the lake I fish most of the time is nothing but sticks, grass and lily pads. Throwing anything with an open hook on it is asking for trouble. Therefore, unless I’m fishing a nearby river where it’s nice and open with only boulders to obstruct my presentation, I pretty much have to rig my baits weedless or a close facsimile thereof.”

“As I mentioned in the first update to the ZinkerZ spin, I started playing around with this presentation last year with a whole ZinkerZ when we had high and stained water. But after reading the column entitled ‘The ZinkerZ spin and its precursors,’ I decided to give the 2 ½-inch ZinkerZ a try on Saturday [Feb. 1]. After the harsh winter conditions we just endured, I figured that the largemouth bass would be less hesitant to go after the 2 ½-inch ZinkerZ than the five-incher.

“I rigged a 2 ½-inch PB&J ZinkerZ with a small gold Colorado blade attached to its tail on a 2/0 Gamakatsu G-Lock hook and used a very small bullet weight in the front of it. Since I didn’t have a rubber weight stopper, I used a piece of 20-pound-test fluorocarbon line, which I used to tie a uni-knot onto my eight-pound-test leader, and after I tied the uni-knot, I tightened it and slid it down to the sinker to act as a stopper, and it worked pretty well. By rigging it this way, I was able to throw the bait into any place I wanted without fear of hanging it up or bringing back a bunch of aquatic vegetation.

“Saturday was the first warm day since the arctic front that hammered us last week. I wasn’t sure what to expect as far as fish activity, but surprisingly the fish were fairly active and cruising some of the shallow areas around the timber and lily pads. I fished for a couple of hours and managed to land nine decent-size largemouth bass and hooked a couple others that came unbuttoned.

“It is a very versatile little rig. I can fish it really shallow, and I can also let it sink on the drop offs and experiment with a variety of slow retrieves.

“I also trimmed down a Hula StickZ, and it worked fairly well too. The Hula StickZ is a little more buoyant. So I used it in the shallow flats. Also, when I am banging these baits off of sticks and dragging it through and over lily pads, the Hula StickZ is a little more durable than the ZinkerZ. So far, the blades have held up well and I have not had one come off of any of the baits I’ve attached it to.

The Hula StickZ spin is at the top of this photograph. The ZinkerZ spin is at the bottom.

“For a finesse technique, the ZinkerZ and Hula StickZ spin are actually pretty good at covering a wide expanse of water. While most of my fish were caught with a slow retrieve near sloping banks, I caught a few out of the shallow flats using a faster retrieve to keep it up near the surface.

“I am sure this is a technique that I’ll continue to play around with. I can see some good applications for this technique in certain sections of the river that I fish frequently. There will be more updates to come.”


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