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Zoom Bait Company’s Four-inch Curly-Tail Worm.

by Ned Kehde   |  July 1st, 2014 5



On May 29 Mike Poe of Siler City, North Carolina, posted a brief on the Finesse News Network about Zoom Bait Company’s four-inch Curly-Tail Worm.
Poe said that he crossed paths with Dewey Rheems of Durham, North Carolina, at a wintertime outdoor show, and Rheems, who is a veteran and talented finesse angler, heralded the many virtues of the Zoom’s Curly-Tail Worm. To motivate Poe to use them, Rheems gave him a bag of them.

On May 24 and 25, when Poe was struggling to elicit strikes with a 2 1/2-inch Strike King Lure Company’s Zero affixed to a 1/16-ounce Gopher Tackles’ Mushroom Head Jig, he removed the Zero and affixed a June Bug Curl-Tail Worm with the tip of its tail pointed up. Straightaway, he garnered strikes and caught largemouth bass from areas where the Zero-and-jig combo failed to entice a largemouth bass.
He caught the largemouth bass along the outside edges of patches of American water willows, which were beginning to turn green. He presented the worm-and-jig combo by executing a cast that paralleled the edge of the water willows. After the worm hit the surface of the water, he allowed it to plummet to the bottom and his rod to drop to the three o’clock position. Then he lifted his rod to the one o’clock position and allowed the worm to glide back to the bottom. He employed this lift-and-glide presentation until the worm reached the depth of five feet of water. Most of the strikes occurred in three to four feet of water and on the second or third lift and glide. He noted that the tail undulated and vibrated so dramatically that he didn’t add any shakes to the presentation. In addition to the lift-and-glide retrieve, he also worked with a straight swimming presentation, which inveigled one largemouth bass.

According to Rheems, Zoom’s Curly-Tail Worm and Gopher jig will catch five largemouth bass for every one largemouth bass that the 2 1/2-inch Zero and 1/16-ounce Gopher jig will catch during the post spawn period.

It’s available in 11 colors: Black, Black Red Glitter, Chartreuse Pepper, Cherry Seed, Electric Blue, Green Pumpkin, June Bug, Plum, Pumpkin, Pumpkin Chartreuse Tail, and Watermelon Seed. The price for a package of 20 ranges from $3.19 to $4.19.



  • Steve Craven

    Have used the C Tail Zoom worm for a few years and have found it to be very productive with various retrieves but where the C Tail has REALLY shined for me is on the initial fall. On the first trip that I used the C Tail it was towards evening and I had recently purchased a pack of Junebug worms. From the first cast to the last it was the same routine: cast, sink, wait, lift to find fish already on ( probably 7 out of 10 casts this result ). If no fish on, use a hop and bounce retrieve back to the boat, sometimes picking up one fish here and there. Don’t remember number of fish caught this way but it was continuous action for about 2 hours. Last fish was at a well known and well fished laydown on the route back to the ramp, as a pair of fisherman in a 50,000 dollar bass boat pulled away from the laydown ( I had observed and waited for them to finish for 10 minutes, no fish ) I pulled up in my kayak and caught 2 bass on 2 casts and lost a 3rd after a jump and headshake. The worm was on a 3/32oz mushroom jig as most of the water I was fishing was between 10-15 feet deep ( July ). Have had other succesful days with the C Tail, but this particular day was most memorable. Just thought I would share, Steve Craven

    • nkehde

      We are pleased indeed that you took the time to write about your experiences with Zoom Bait Company’s four-inch Curly-Tail Worm.
      Here’s hoping it will continue pay you, Dewey Reams, and other finesse anglers handsome dividends.
      Please keep send us your insights about finesse fishing.


  • Dewey Reams

    The C Tail Worm has been my go to bait for almost 20 yrs. I like to keep it simple only using 2 colors: junebug & black red flake. I like to use 2 heads: a 32oz gopher head & a 1/16th charlie brewer spider head. We fish more cover in N.C. so I use the brewer head about 80% of the time and the gopher about 20%. I use the brewer mainly as a swimming worm bait; this is the most affective way, I have found to fish it, in typical brewer fashion.

    • nkehde

      Thanks for posting your insights about how to use Zoom Bait Company’s four-inch Curly-Tail Worm.
      Best wishes and please keep in touch,

  • Joseph Vanfossen

    Ned, I’m a little late to the party here, but the C Tail has been a staple of mine for much of the last 10 years. I tend to fall more into the category of a power finesse fisherman than a true midwest finesse fisherman. I generally fish the little worm T-rigged with 1/8 oz (occasionally 1/16) bullet weight and 2/0 offset worm hook on either a 5’8″ ML XF rod with 6 lb mono or a 6’10” M XF casting rod with 8-10 lb mono. Those little worms just flat out catch fish when I need to be fishing low and slow.

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