April 04, 2012
By Ned Kehde
For several years Midwest finesse anglers have been raving about the durability and bass-catching attributes of some of Z-Man Fishing Products' soft-plastic lures, such as the Finesse ShadZ, Finesse WormZ, Rain MinnowZ, and ZinkerZ.
To document our contentions, we took a photograph of a four-inch Z-Man's Junebug Finesse WormZ that was affixed to a 1/16-ounce blue Gopher Tackle's Mushroom Jig Head after it had caught 54 of the 69 largemouth bass and four of the six crappie that were caught during a three-hour outing on Mar. 26.
What's more, this particular Finesse WormZ was well used before the Mar. 26 outing, but we failed to count the number of largemouth bass that it inveigled. We reckoned that it had allured more than 30.
Though it was well tattered after the Mar. 26 outing, we suspected that it possessed the wherewithal and pizzazz to entice another 50 largemouth bass.
To test that notion, we used it for two hours on Mar. 27. And it caught 48 largemouth bass, three crappie and one bluegill before another fish liberated it from the Gopher jig. It should be noted that the last largemouth bass that it beguiled weighed three pounds, 10 ounces.
Even though it failed to reach the 50-bass mark on Mar. 27, it did catch 102 bass, seven crappie, one bluegill and tangled with a about two dozen bass that didn't make it into the boat across a total of five hours of fishing on Mar. 26 and 27.
In past blogs, we have noted that as the Finesse WormZ and ZinkerZ become more torn and battered that they become more alluring in the eyes of the largemouth bass. This particular Finesse WormZ corroborated that fact once again.
In the future we hope to do a better job of tabulating the exact number of bass that the Finesse ShadZ, Finesse WormZ, Rain MinnowZ and ZinkerZ catch before they disintegrate. And perhaps those numbers might find its way into future blogs.
Sidebar: It needs to be mentioned that the four-inch Finesse WormZ is actually four-and-seven-eights inches long. Therefore, we trim three-quarters of an inch off the head of each worm before we affix it to a Gopher jig.
Some Midwest Finesse anglers like to use a super-style glue to attach the WormZ to the jig, but I never do it. In fact, I remove the Finesse WormZ from the jig after each outing and store it in its original package.
Some anglers say that they have a difficult time threading the Finesse WormZ onto the collar of the Gopher jig. To expedite this threading procedure, we wet the jig by dipping it into the water for a second or two. The water is a lubricant and allows the Finesse WormZ to slide onto the collar of the Gopher jig.