The Zoom Fluke is one of my favorite soft-plastic baits for striped bass and false albacore. The action and profile of the lure as it’s twitched across or just below the surface often prove irresistible to both species, especially when they are feeding on small bait.
The author prefers to rig his Flukes on VMC worm hooks.
One advantage of the Fluke over similar soft-plastics, such as the Slug-Go, is that it’s a slightly heavier, providing a bit more casting distance. Plus it has a belly cavity that hides the hook point and prevents it from picking up weeds.
While the Fluke can be fished on a leadhead jig to get it deep, I usually rig it weightless on a VMC worm hook and fish it on or near the surface. The VMC hooks are very sharp and seem to hook more fish than traditional worm hooks, which have a longer shank and narrower gap. My theory is that the VMC hook places the point closer to the bait’s head, where most fish like to strike.
Step 1: Tie the leader to the eye of the hook.
Step 2. Place the hook alongside the body to see where the point should enter. Remember to factor in the length of the knot, as you want the tip of the bait to cover the knot when you’re done.
Step 3: If you’re new to rigging soft-plastics, you may want to mark the spot where the hook point will exit the bait.
Step 4: Holding the lure slit-side down, insert the hook point dead-center in the tip of the bait and exit about a quarter-inch below the tip on the underside of the bait.
Step 5: Pull the hook through the bait, stopping when the eye reaches the tip then turn the hook around so the point is facing the body.
Step 6: Insert the hook point in the center of the belly slit at roughly a 45-degree angle. You will need to slightly bend the body of the lure so that the hook point exits at the pre-marked spot.
Step 7: Push the hook point through the center of the body, exiting at the pre-marked spot. Continue threading the hook into the pocket or belly slit. When done, the hook point should sit flush against the body.
Step 8: Finish by pushing the tip of the bait over the eye of the hook and the knot.
The finished rig.