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Heddon Zara Spook Bass Lures Baits

Bass Lures Baits Manufacturer: Heddon
Heddon Model: Zara Spook
Review Category: Bass Lures Baits

Purchase: Bass Lures Baits You know I'm not sure when I got my first Spook lure, but 5 or 6 years ago I really got excited about them after seeing a friend get some specatacular strikes. I know this lure has been around for a while, but this reveiw is for those of you who haven't tried it yet -- if you have I think the lure speaks for itself. It is available at Bass Pro or Walmart for $4-$5.

Things I like about the Heddon Zara Spook Bass Lures Baits: I use this lure for bass fishing, and have listed it under bass lures, but this lure can be used anywhere. In fact it is a popular saltwater lure and the "Super Spook" model has corrosion-resistant hardware. Most aggressive species of fish will hit the Spook. This is probably my favorite lure, mainly because of the explosive type of surface strikes it triggers. If you're fishing in clear water and can see the fish come up and nail it, that's just pretty tough to beat. The "walk the dog" zig zag action used to fish this topwater takes a little bit of practice, but I quickly got the hang of it. Because you have to consciously control the lure's motion and not just use a constant retrieve, this lure makes you feel like you're really doing some fishing. It's a more personal way of trying to fool the fish, and for that reason a even surface swirl behind the lure can get the heart pounding (plus this is often the signal to brace for a follow-up strike). Because this is really a finesse lure, usually fished slowly, my temptation is to move it a little too often. Although the suspense seems like it could drive you nuts, letting the lure sit still is a good tactic because it gives the fish a chance to feel comfortable with its strike. Maybe best of all is that this is one of those lures that will often get nailed immediately as it hits the water. The Spook is usable on a bright night, and although it comes in different sizes, is heavy enough to make distance casting easy. The Spook is also one of those rare lures that looks like it should catch fish and actually does.

What I don't like about the Heddon Zara Spook: I don't like the fact that the water has to warm up to a certain point before topwaters become effective. You can't fish the Spook at all times of the year. The other thing that can be tough is setting the hook because in order to "walk the dog" you have to leave slack in your line. The second it takes to get the line taut can mean a frustrating miss.

Bass Lures Baits Zara Spook quality: Good quality Heddon lure with sharp hooks.

Zara Spook summary: Losing a Spook is never fun because it's like throwing a 5 dollar bill into the water (though a broken off Spook can often be retrieved from the surface). Though in the words of John Paul Jones, "He who will not risk cannot win." The beautiful, explosive, and visible strikes this lure gets are so exciting that the risk is well worth it. It's definitely been a part of some of my most exciting fishing memories. Although it's tough for me to express just how great I think this lure is, I hope you use this year, you'll see what I mean.

Rating for this Heddon product: 5

Author of this review on Heddon Bass Lures Baits: Fishin' Phil

Date: 2004-03-19

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