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Wondering if anybody has tried using the zip lure? saw it advertise and wondering if it really works.
I bombed the walleye one winter day on Lake of the woods with a small gold zip tipped with a minnow head. I pitched a large zip last week for a couple minutes with no results. However, it ran pretty decent with a fast wobble. I plan on trying them again this summer both jigging and pitching.
Time for a round of "read between the lines" ...
If John Gillespie would endorse it (get paid thousands to appear on TV) and hawk it to (attempt to sucker in) fishermen on TV (at 3:30 a.m. when guys come home drunk from the bar and "accidentally" use the credit card) then it has to be good (at catching fishermen, not fish)!!!
In fact on the OLD infomercial for the Zip, they showed this pike coming up out of an ice hole, but there was NO zip in its mouth, and the line was NYLON TIP UP LINE...the tip up was just laying out of the shot. Pathetic. I swear that guy would do anything for a sponsor and their money.
You're better off getting some Salmo Chubby Darters, or some Cicadas for ice fishing, and crankbaits and Rat-L-Traps for openwater...just my two cents...
GET THE FRABILL!!!!!! ITS A SLOBASAURUS REX OF A BULLHEAD!!!!!! His show is like a 20 minute plug for his sponsors...and every fifth word is "Frabill."
Hooksets are free!
Thanks for the replys. Nick i was just wondering if you have tried the lure before? you're probably right but don't go making any statements unless your positive they don't work.
I tried them ice fishing with not much luck. John Gillespie's show is awful all he does is yell get the frabill, say slobasaurus, and make people eat brats. I also saw the infomerial with the tip-up line in the pike's mouth.
I have used the zip lure on audubon ice fishing and i have caught some nice walleyes(2-3 pounds). i use the smaller size one, just a preference i guess. colors ive had the best luck on are candycane and some firetiger.
Hey Nick; I agree with your Gillespe comment. But as far as the Zip goes, I have caught almost every kind of fish out there, on zips. I once caught two walleye, one on each hook (front and back) at the same time! I know what this sounds like and thats fine, I'll take the heat from the crowd. I lived in WI for six years, and every body talked about zips. I thought they were full of it, until one day at the mouth of green bay, in the fox river. I sat in one spot, after spending hours in the crowd not catching anything. I sat there and boated fish after fish, after fish. I caught perch, walleye, pike, suagers, white bass, and smallies. None of these fish were hugh but I never went 30 seconds without a fish. And since then the more I use it the more it is a go to bait in certain areas. I know what you ara going to say that was there and this is ND but it works here very well, I have caught lots of walleyes on the river, Smallmouth at the lake,( including two back-to-back 20" off the face of the damn.) Trout and salmon, pike on numerous lakes, and lots of panfish, open water and ice fishing. All I'm saying is befor you say "I only catch fish on blue shads, and jigs", is that all that you use. You will catch fish on most anything in the right presentation.
Andy Knudson does some really nice work I have one that he painted on a feather in my office and it gets a bunch of compliments each week.
I also have a set of zip lures, I have not used them much but have caught fish on them. If I was not such of a fan of the CHUBBY DARTER the zip lure would get more play from me.The zip lure would be my second or third choice for ice fishing. Have not done much open water fishing this year but in my mind the zip lure would be a sure bet for vertical jigging.I feel you should not downplay things before you try them.
Oh, yeah. I'm sure it works on some occasions. Hungry active fish will hit spinners made out of beer-bottle caps (see this months F&S magazine!) . I am also certain it has its place of employ and wouldn't doubt your words. As it goes though, I think it is overhyped. Maybe one as a back up in my box would be ok, but I wouldn't sink the $30 on the TV infomercial for them.
...and so those concerned parties can rest assured that my opinion is not baseless, I have used zips on limited occasions, had one (gold 1/4 oz) back in 1998 I caught white bass on, but switched to my staple jig and twister and upped my hooksets noticeably the rest of the evening.
I have caught walleyes using the zip lures from shore off of hwy 19/281 junction on a consistant basis. They are a great bait. I think it is the vibration that just drives them nuts. Any bait that looks like the zip will work, they are the same thing anyway, just a blade bait.
I look forward to vertical jigging with a small zip this summer, tipped with minnow. They are nicely weighted so they should jig nicely and I have had some luck with them ice fishing.
No lure catcheds fish all the time. Its just one more lure that my be the ticket any particular day. Because the info-mercial is so corny, it doesnt mean the lure cant be affective. I'll know in the next couple weeks!