December 06, 2013
Midwest finesse anglers are always searching for a small creature-style bait. In the spring, during the spawn, many of these finesse anglers affix Zoom Bait Company's Tiny Brush Hog or Mini Lizard to their Gopher Tackle's Mushroom Head Jigs.
When Zoom recently announced that it had created the Z-Hog Jr, it garnered the attention of several Midwest finesse devotees.
It is a 3 1/2-inch rendition of Zoom's four-inch Z-Hog. Its torso has a groove that courses along the center of its back and a similar one on its belly.
There are four appendages attached to the back end of its torso. Two of them are claw-like apparatuses that create a tail, which the folks at Zoom call a "rabbit-ear tail." It is also embellished with two small flap-like appendages that are affixed on each side of the area where the torso and the tail are joined.
Because it was designed for power anglers, some Midwest finesse anglers fear that it might be a tad too big to employ on their favorite mushroom-style jigs. If it is too big for the traditional mushroom-jig applications that Midwest finesse anglers use, it looks as if it will be an ideal soft-plastic bait to affix to a 1/16- and 1/8-ounce jika rig, which several Midwest anglers have been utilizing during the past year.
It is a availabe in 10 colors: Black Red Flake, Black Sapphire, California 420, Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Purple Green, June Bug, Scuppernong Green, Sprayed Grass, Watermelon Candy, Watermelon Red, and Watermelon Seed
A package of 11 can be purchased for $4.99.
For information about how Midwest finesse anglers can use the Z-Hog Jr on a jika rig, see : http://www.in-fisherman.com/2012/10/08/stacey-the-jika-rig-king/ and http://www.in-fisherman.com/2012/11/01/jika-rig-update/