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ZinkerZ Spin Update

by Ned Kehde   |  January 31st, 2014 5

Glenn Young of Blythewood, South Carolina, is the National Sales Manager for Z-Man Fishing Products, and on Jan. 30, he posted his insights to the Finesse News Network about how he wields a ZinkerZ spin.

He wrote: “I started playing around with it last year. We had a lot of high-water conditions, and the water was often a little stained. I had known about this technique for a while and decided that the conditions definitely warranted giving it a shot. I attached a small Colorado blade to the back of a five-inch ZinkerZ and was pleasantly surprised with the results.

“My method of attaching the spinner to the ZinkerZ was a little different than the one featured in the Midwest Finesse column entitled ‘The ZinkerZ spin and its precursors.’ I attached the spinner with a wire eyelet rather than the braided-line method that was featured in the column. What’s more, I rigged the five-inch ZinkerZ on a 4/0 Gamakatsu Ringed Superline EWG Worm Hook that features a solid ring attached to the eye of the hook. The ring gives the lure a little more action and freedom of movement — especially if you have to use a heavier leader. (I typically fish with light line, so that’s usually not a hinderance). Gamakatsu makes the Ringed Superline EWG in a 2/0 size, which works well for smaller baits.

“I found that a gold blade produced really well in the stained-water conditions, and it required hardly any effort on my end to get it spinning.

“I also used it successfully on the back of the FattyZ in similar conditions.

“It’s definitely a quick and easy means of adding some flash to a bait and to a technique that typically doesn’t have any.”


(1) Here’s Young’s description of the eyelet that he used to attach the spinner and swivel to the ZinkerZ: “I used a piece of wire and basically made a haywire twist with it and bent a tag piece backward toward the blade to act as the keeper. I push it in and up to the swivel and then pull the material up and over the keeper to ensure that it stays on. It’s very easy to insert into ElaZtech and seems to stay on pretty well.”

(2) Mike Poe of Siler City, North Carolina, reported to the Finesse News Network on Jan. 27 that an Owner American Corporation’s Twistlock Centering-Pin Spring is an effective eyelet to use to attach an Owner’s Flashy Accent Trailer Blade to the ZinkerZ. Poe recommends heating the Twistlock before it is inserted and screwed into the tail of the ZinkerZ. He opts for an Indiana-style blade on his Owner’s Flashy Accent Trailer Blade. He also recommends using the 2/0 Twistlock.

(3) Here’s the link to the original Midwest Finesse column on the ZinkerZ spin:





  • Jason Roberts

    I started using these last season, with great success. I make mine the following way (I’ll try to remember to add a pic later):
    1) Small “hitching post” or “hitch hiker” clipped at the bend (though unnecessary)
    2) If you clip the bend, make a loop with the straight piece of wire using round nose pliers… it should bend all the way in a circle
    3) Attach a small swivel by threading it on the screw end of the hitch hiker until it “clicks” into the loop you made (or just clip it on if you left the clip intact)
    4) Attach a small split ring and colorado blade to the swivel
    5) Screw into the back end of your favorite stick bait
    I get all my supplies, including a variety of blade colors, from Reinke Bros. here in Milwaukee. I’m also using these on the back end of a 1/2 Senko threaded onto a swim jig.

    • nkehde

      Thanks for taking the time to tell us about your methods for constructing a ZinkerZ spin or stickbait spin.
      Please keep in touch and tell us more about your endeavors as 2014 unfolds.
      Best wishes,
      Ned Kehde

      • Guest

        here’s a pic

      • Jason Roberts

        Here’s a pic.

        • nkehde

          Thanks for the photograph of your various spinner options.
          Please keep us informed about how, when, and where your use them in 2014.
          As ever,
          Ned Kehde

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