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Savage Voyageur
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08/07/2021 09:41PM  
I have a question for everyone here that uses the Jerk Minnows like Z-Man, Zoom Fluke. I’ve read posts from QueticoMike and others how good these baits are. Do you use a weighted offset hook, or just an offset hook? I would like to add these to my tackle box but I’m not sure about the hooks. I will be targeting Bass and Walleye with these. Maybe I need both weighted and unweighted hooks. Please explain the reasons I would need one or the other or both. Thanks for your help.
 
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SinglePortage
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08/07/2021 10:38PM  
I use plain hooks most of the time, when I want them to sink slowly. If I want to fish deeper I use a larger sized swivel or a 1/16 ounce weighted hook. I would not want to go heavier than that.
 
QueticoMike
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08/08/2021 10:58AM  
Savage Voyageur: "I have a question for everyone here that uses the Jerk Minnows like Z-Man, Zoom Fluke. I’ve read posts from QueticoMike and others how good these baits are. Do you use a weighted offset hook, or just an offset hook? I would like to add these to my tackle box but I’m not sure about the hooks. I will be targeting Bass and Walleye with these. Maybe I need both weighted and unweighted hooks. Please explain the reasons I would need one or the other or both. Thanks for your help. "

My rig is typically a 1/0 Gamakatsu offset worm hook, 10 inches of line leader, tied off to a size 4 SPRO ball bearing swivel. If you want to work it deep you can use a weighted hook, a jig head, Carolina rig, or a split shot about 18 inches up the line, are a few examples of how to fish a ZMAN ShadZ deeper than just subsurface how I normally fish the ShadZ.
 
Hammertime
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08/08/2021 10:46PM  
Unweighted hooks with a swivel like QueticoMike describes work well for me in shallow water for primarily bass and the incidental walleye/pike.

Tipping them on a 1/4 oz jighead with a long shank hook also works if the fish are deeper, but once we find them doing that switching to leeches on a jig or under a bobber usually fills the stringer.
 
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