Zoom's Z 3 Trick Worm

This is the Z-3 Magic hue.

On Aug. 3, Zoom Bait Company announced that they have a new rendition of its Trick Worm. This one is called the Z-3 Trick Worm.

It is a 6 1/2-inch floating worm that is being manufactured by a hand-pouring routine rather than by the injection-molding system. This allows Zoom to create it in triple-laminated patterns.

From the tip of its head to its egg sack, its torso is endowed with a significant series of ribs. Its egg sack is smooth-skinned and short. From the back end of its egg sack to the tip of its tail, the torso is adorned with another series of prominent ribs. The torso becomes smaller at its junction with the tail. And its straight tail is a tad more bulbous than the section of the torso that extends from the egg sack to the junction of the tail.

For years on end, many anglers rigged the Trick Worm Texas-style without a weight or sinker, and they presented it on or near the surface with a walking-the-dog-style of retrieve. They also replicated a jerkbait presentation with it as they slowly retrieved it a foot or more under the surface. In recent years, some anglers have been wacky rigging it, and some have been using it with a Neko rig. And there have been scores of times when anglers have affixed it Texas-style on a Carolina rig or with a tiny slip-sinker scenario.

Midwest finesse anglers, of course, will opt for affixing it to a small mushroom-style jig — such as Gopher Tackle's 1/16-ounce Mushroom Head jig or Z-Man Fishing Products' 1/15- or 1/20-ounce Finesse ShroomZ jig or Prescription Plastics' 1/16-ounce Ozark Finesse Head jig.

Midwest finesse anglers will also customize it by shortening it significantly.

It is impregnated with salt. Initially, it will be manufactured in five laminated colors: Bold Bluegill, Morning Dawn, Prizm Shad, Z-3 Edge, and Z-3 Magic.

Anglers can purchase a package of 10 for $4.75 at Virginia Guide Bait Company.


(1) Virginia Guide Bait Company possesses an inventory of all of the baits and all of the colors of the baits that Zoom Bait Company manufactures. Anglers can acquire them by calling Judie Henry of Chesterfield, Virginia, at 804-590-2991 or email her at info@virginiaguidebaitco.com. Her inventory also contains baits that are no longer manufactured by Zoom

This is the link to her website: http://virginiaguidebaitco.com/. The mailing address is 6000 Round Rock Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23838.

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