Lizard update: the Tiny Brush Hog

Lizard update: the Tiny Brush Hog

On April 4, we posted a blog that trumpeted  the effectiveness of  Zoom Bait Company's  green-pumpkin four-inch Mini Lizard during the largemouth bass' spawning season.

Drew Reese of Rantoul, Kansas, who is one of the forefathers on Midwest finesse fishing, introduced me to the piscatorial powers of the tiny lizard in May of 2011.

In the recent blog,  we encouraged Midwest finesse anglers to dress their chartreuse 1/32- and 1/16-ounce Gopher Mushroom Jig Heads with it during the 2012 largemouth bass spawn.


Since then,  we have received e-mails from Brian Waldman of Coatesville, Indiana, and Burton Bosley of Sutton, West Virginia.  Both are veteran and talented finesse anglers, and both of them wrote  that Zoom Bait Company's  four-inch Tiny Brush Hog is another soft-plastic lure that finesse anglers should incorporate into their repertoire.


Waldman wrote: " Enjoyed your post about the Mini Lizard. I was wanting to hit the lake this evening, but after searching in vain on my wall of baits for a package of them, I found the closest thing that seemed similar --  a package of Zoom Tiny Brush Hogs in green pumpkin. After spending less than 80 minutes casting from the bank this evening, they accounted for 18 bass and 3 crappie, for a catch rate of 13.5 bass per hour. One of the bass was well into the 4-pound range, though the scales were at home in the boat. I was very impressed with the size/bulk in relation to the 1/16-oz. mushroom jig head, and they certainly didn't overpower the little head by any means. There durability is pretty darn good, and their appearance in the water is pretty alluring. Not sure if you have tried them before, but might be a tempting option to the Hoodaddy and the lizard.

Bosley, who used to fish with Drew Reese of Rantoul, Kansas, and the late Chuck Woods of Kansas City in the 1960s, wrote: " I read with interest about the 4" lizard Drew turned you onto.  I like the Tiny Brush Hog for the same reasons. I doubt that it does a better job, but it has been a good bait for me on a small jig. I'm going to try it with the mushroom head and see how it works. I've come to appreciate the mushroom head which your writing introduced me to.  I like the way it balances the  lures  --  a subtle thing with big implications. Chuck would have loved it."

What's more, Steve Desch of Topeka, who spends a lot of time finesse fishing with me,  has been a longtime devotee of Zoom's Tiny Brush Hog. Across many springs,  he has bewitched an impressive array of largemouth bass by adroitly casting and retrieving this diminutive creature bait at several of the flatland reservoirs in northeastern Kansas during the pre-spawn, spawn and post-spawn periods. And this week Desch reminded me again about how potent of a finesse bait the Tiny Brush Hog can be in April and May.

In sum, Bosley, Desch and Waldman have exhibited that the Tiny Brush Hog is a dandy soft-plastic finesse bait.   Consequentially, I will add it to my repertoire.


We are eager to receive insights from other finesse anglers about the Mini Lizard and Tiny Brush Hog.

*********************************************************************

For more information about Brian Waldman and Burton Bosely see:


https://www.in-fisherman.com/2012/03/06/the-puddle-jumper-by-chuck-woods/

https://www.in-fisherman.com/2012/02/26/finally-a-photograph-of-the-great-and-late-chuck-woods-has-been-uncovered/

https://www.in-fisherman.com/2012/03/09/a-boat-for-the-serious-and-talented-recreational-angler-according-to-brian-weldmen/

https://www.in-fisherman.com/2012/02/08/the-art-and-science-of-catching-cold-water-crappie-according-to-brian-waldman/

https://www.in-fisherman.com/2012/01/01/a-summary-of-bass-fishing-in-central-indiana-in-2011-from-the-perspective-of-brian-waldman/

****************************************************************

Postscript:  YUM Baits has introduced a sequel to Zoom's Brush Hog. It is called the YUMPHIBIAN.  YUM has stopped manufacturing soft-plastic baits that are suitable for Midwest finesse anglers, but their 4 1/2-inch edition of this creature might work for finesse applications. Here's a photograph of it:

Get Your Fish On.

Plan your next fishing and boating adventure here.

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Yo-Zuri

Yo-Zuri's 3DB Pencil Popper, 3DB Jerkbait 110 & 110 Deep

Bass pro Clent Davis gives the inside info on Yo-Zuri's new-for-ICAST lures.

G Loomis NRX Rods

G Loomis NRX Rods

Whatever the target species, these rods feel good in the fly shop when you're giving them a test drive.

Kevin VanDam Fishing Reels from Lew

Kevin VanDam Fishing Reels from Lew's

The Kevin VanDam LFS Baitcast reel ($139.99) comes in three models (6.2:1, 7.5:1, 8.3:1), with right- and left-hand retrieve, 10-bearing system with Zero Reverse one-way clutch, aluminum frame and spool, carbon fiber drag system, up to 20 pounds drag power.

Strike King KVD J-100 Jerkbait & KVD 1.5 Hard Knock

Strike King KVD J-100 Jerkbait & KVD 1.5 Hard Knock

Strike King introduces two, new exciting baits to their already stellar lineup this 2020: the KVD J-100 Jerkbait, and the KVD 1.5 Hard Knock. KVD sits down with In-Fisherman Associate Publisher Todd Ceisner to explain how these two baits are going to help catch you more fish.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and other Catfish

Catfish Pole Rigs

Richard Peterson with In-Fisherman - April 28, 2016

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and...

This walleye recipe is a colorful and delicious way to serve your most recent catch. Fish Recipes

Walleye Baked with Sweet Peppers & Onions Recipe

Tom Kavanaugh

This walleye recipe is a colorful and delicious way to serve your most recent catch.

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate explanation from the In-Fisherman biologists. Bass

Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart

Dr. Rob Neumann - January 22, 2017

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate...

Now more than ever, understanding each category's strong suits is critical to choosing a powerplant that best fits your personal needs and preferences. Boats & Motors

2- Vs. 4-Cycle Outboard Motors

Dan Johnson - April 16, 2018

Now more than ever, understanding each category's strong suits is critical to choosing a...

See More Trending Articles

More Baits

Trout are opportunistic predators that feed on a wide variety of forage and hit a broad spectrum of Baits

Best Trout Lures And Baits

Dan Johnson - November 13, 2017

Trout are opportunistic predators that feed on a wide variety of forage and hit a broad...

The original 4.5-inch solid body YUM Pulse proves that a swimbait is not simply just a bait. Baits

YUM Pulse Swimbait is Multi-Talented

In-Fisherman Online Staff - July 13, 2018

The original 4.5-inch solid body YUM Pulse proves that a swimbait is not simply just a bait.

Baits

The Ned Rig : Ned Kehde

Cory Schmidt - January 16, 2018

"He's one of the classiest men you'd ever hope to meet, always willing to help teach folks to...

Minn Kota,'has earned top honors at the fishing industry's most prestigious trade show, the Baits

Minn Kota Wins "Best Boating Accessory" with MEGA Down Imaging

In-Fisherman Online Staff - July 13, 2018

Minn Kota,'has earned top honors at the fishing industry's most prestigious trade show, the

See More Baits

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now