But, they aren’t the only tools in the tool box this month.
The Dead Ringer and the Double Ringer might not enjoy all the accolades of other lures in the Zoom Baits line. But, we know from talking to anglers nationwide, these lures continue to catch fish and especially shine during the summer months.
Here are a few tips we learned from some of our local pros, some of whom credit the Double Ringer and the Dead Ringer for helping them win numerous jackpot tournaments during the summer months.
The Deadly Ringer: One of our local pros from Alabama refuses to call this lure anything but the “Deadly Ringer,” and after seeing how he uses it, we know why. He pegs the 8-inch Dead Ringer to a sturdy 5/0 flippin’ hook and fishes it on 65-pound braid, beneath a 1-ounce sinker. He flips to bait to shallow-water laydowns, stumps and into the tops of submerged trees.
His reasoning is that most of the fish in these areas see jigs, creature baits, tubes and straight-tail worms. The large sinker makes the bait fall like a rock, its tail beating frantically the entire time. In the summer months, this combination will draw strikes from even the most finicky bass.
Double Trouble: We created the Double Ringer as the ultimate do-nothing lure, and it has performed flawlessly for anglers over the years. The only limits to the ways it can be fished are the imagination, and as we all know, anglers are noted tinkerers. With the Double Ringer, however, simple is better, especially in the summer months.
Most of the anglers we talked to say the lure has no equal when fished weightless with a lightwire 3/0 hook rigged Texas style. The key, they say, is placement. On blistering hot days, cast the unweighted lure to the edges of grasslines, boat docks, bridge pilings or any piece of visible cover, and allow it to fall on a slack line.
The baits sashaying, shimmying fall is dynamite for sluggish fish. Also, keep a Double Ringer handy for fish that chase other lures back to the boat but refuse to commit. A well-placed Double Ringer is one of the best follow-up lures we’ve seen.
When anglers talk about how tough the bite is this month, show them what they are missing by not having a Dead Ringer or Double Ringer tied on. They work, and they will work for you this month.