How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish

How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish
Finished Fin-S-Fish, Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

The Zoom Fluke and the Fin-S-Fish are 2 of the most effective soft-plastic baits ever created, and both can be deadly when school bass are feeding on silversides, sand eels and other small baits.

How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish
Closeup of VMC hook.

I usually rig these baits Texas-style on a wide-gap worm hook and twitch them on or just below the surface near grass banks, boulders, pilings and sharp drop-offs. Top colors are pearl, pink and the olive-white combo. By the way, this same setup is also deadly on false albacore.

Given the lures’ size and light weight, it’s best to fish them on a light spinning setup and 8- to 12-pound-test line. Here’s how to rig a small Zoom Fluke on a VMC V7316BN 3/0 worm hook, but standard long-shank worm hooks can also be used, of course.

Step 1:

How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish
Tie the leader (I prefer 3’ of 20-pound-test fluorocarbon) to the eye of the hook and 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 2:

How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish
If you’re new to rigging soft-plastics, you may want to mark the spot where the hook point will exit the bait.

Step 3:

How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish
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 4:

How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish
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 5:

How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish
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 6:

How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish
Push the hook point through the center of the body. Continue threading the hook shank into the pocket or belly slit. When done, the point should sit flush against the body.

Step 7:

How to Rig a Zoom Fluke or Fin-S-Fish
Finish by pushing the tip of the bait over the eye of the hook and the knot.