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Zoom Magnum Finesse Worm Uses

Magnum Finesse???

George Carlin would have had a field day with that name. The concept is not all that different from “jumbo shrimp.â€
But Marty Stone, for one, is not laughing. He’s not talking that much about this new bait from Zoom, either, because the second he does, you’ll think he’s a fruit loop, a certifiable nut. You’ll think that he went out in the hot Mexico sun one too many times and let the really nasty UV rays seep through his clean-shaven skull, where they scrambled his brains like eggs on a sidewalk.
Indeed, it started at Mexico’s famed El Salto, where in a few days of filming Stone managed to whack a nine-pounder, four over eight pounds and “probably fifty fish between four and six pounds.â€

He said he doesn’t know if El Salto is the best lake in interior Mexico, because it’s the only one he’s visited, but opined that “if that’s not the best, then I want to go to the best.â€

Imagine how well he could have done if he had used something other than a five-inch worm with “finesse†in its name. That’s right, it wasn’t a swimbait, a DD22 or a one ounce football jig that did the damage, it was Zoom’s new Magnum Finesse Worm.

What kind of snake oil are the folks down in Bogart, Georgia selling us? This bait is a big fish tool, suitable for fishing in heavy cover, so it’s not “truly†a finesse deal. It’s only five inches long, so it may not truly qualify for the “magnum†label. And Stone says it’s often best used as a soft stickbait substitute, so it may not even be strictly called a “worm.†It’s the pineapple of the fishing world – neither “pine†nor “apple†but rather a category all its own.

Stone says it “handles like a big bait,†akin to a six-inch soft stickbait. Since discovering its value, he’s gone so far as to take every soft stickbait out of his big Bass Cat’s cavernous storage compartments. “I played with the thing in the pool,†he said. “It does everything a (soft stickbait) does but it’s more lively and has more action.â€

But there is also the finesse aspect. In places where he might have flipped a Trick Worm in the past, this lure will be his new go-to lure.

“You can use it in heavily pressured waters and heavily fished areas and still generate bites,†he explained. “You’ll be able to go behind people and catch fish. When the fish start getting skittish, the first thing they shy away from is the extra movement of a curl tail.â€

He has three primary ways to fish the new lure, all old standbys with a twist: He’ll Carolina rig it with a one to one and a half ounce Tru-Tungsten weight and a Youvella 4/0 EWG hook. He’ll put that on 17 lb. test Vicious fluorocarbon (both main line and leader) and the coup de grace is a pair of Tru Tungsten Force Beads, one 8mm and one 6mm. “I’m a huge believer in those beads,†he said. “They draw a lot of strikes.â€

His second rig is a Texas rig featuring his signature T-Rig weight, also from Tru-Tungsten, usually in 3/8 ounce, but he’ll bump it up to a half ounce if it’s windy. He said that “the color (of the weight) doesn’t matter†but he’s sure to add a single blood red Force Bead to the mix. Again, the 4/0 EWG gets the job done, but he often goes down to 15 lb. fluorocarbon.

Finally, he employs the Magnum Finesse Worm weightless. It may be the “finesseyist†of the three approaches, so it comes as some surprise that it’s the one that he pairs with the heaviest terminal tackle, often a 5/0 hook and 20 pound line. His explanation is simple – fished this way the lure is a big bass magnet. With that said, he can’t wait to use it in the early season events at Amistad and Dardanelle, and expects it will play a significant role in tournaments at Smith Mountain Lake, the Mississippi River, Kentucky Lake and Guntersville. In fact, it promises to be on his deck, in one form or another, nearly every day this season. His favorite color is Watermelon Candy, but Green Pumpkin and Watermelon Red aren’t far behind.

It may never be determined whether this is a “little bait that fishes big†or a “big worm in a small package,†but it’s proof positive that it’s better to keep your bait wet than to debate semantics and miss the bite.