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W.E.C. Zoom Crankbaits
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Posted 09 August 2004 - 12:04 PM
I was in BPS in Charlotte over the weekend and they had a big assortment of Z2,Tapps & Sweet Peas bought a sweet pea and I would like to know what kind of wood these are made of if anyone minds telling
Posted 09 August 2004 - 12:15 PM
Are you kidding me???????? Always a day late and a dollar short. I was just there the weekend of the Classic and they did NOT have Zoom cranks. Unlikely this "mini Bass Pro Shops" in Hampton Va near my home will ever carry them.
These are some of the best cranks available in my oppinion (ranked with Black Jack, Tim Hughes, etc). If I were you, I would buy as much as you can afford!
I add suspend dots to the sweet p's that I fish to get them down a little farther. Dont know exactly what wood Mr Chambers uses but I would assume it's balsa.
Posted 09 August 2004 - 12:25 PM
I was just there for the weekend and only bought one and got to thinking about em and stopped in atlanta on the way home and lo&behold they never even heard of a Zoom Crank so somebody in Charlotte knows!!!
By the way they where $18.00 each The Missus almost Sh#%$ when she seen that
Posted 09 August 2004 - 11:14 PM
WEC baits are made by Ed Chambers. I believe he is the owner of ZOOM. He makes about 3000 baits a years. The original TAPP was made by Steve Blazer. I have heard that he was from TN. I am not sure but I think Steve died. Ed bought the rights to make the bait along with other crankbaits made by small companies in the Carolinas and TN. All of the WEC baits are balsa. They are good baits when you can get one that is right. I bought some at a show in Greensboro 3 yrs. ago and every one of them had the lips put in crooked. That is what really got me making and using my own baits exclusively. But I will give Ed one thing..... the dude can paint. He does a beautiful job. From my observation I believe the baits are clearcoated with lacquer clear. They will hold up for awhile in the rocks but not for too long. The clearcoat on the plugs I bought are separating from the paint. You can see the air pockets forming in them. Plug knockers can really take their toll on these baits also. But, they are some fish catching baits. Fritts won the Classic on them. One of our locals, Spence Brunson from Salisbury N.C. sells them on his website. www.bubbajackstackle.com I understand that he is good to deal with. Visit his site if you want to get your hands on some.
Posted 09 August 2004 - 11:54 PM
FYI Skeeter, Jeff Coble was also using a TAP in the Classic color when he won the All-American.
Plenty of folks in the NC swear by TAP's and Zoom's.
Posted 10 August 2004 - 08:09 AM
Zoom sweetpea cranks look like they would be interesting to make! anyone have any info on lip size/angle, weight, body style, etc.??
Posted 10 August 2004 - 08:33 AM
Skeeter thanks for the info I could'nt tell the wood type I agree on the bill placement I looked at a bunch of em before I found one I would buy I gave it a test last night caught 6 nice ones down one bank in about 2hrs right before dark thanks for the head up on the clear may have to e-tex it and hope it don't mess up the floating and action
Posted 10 August 2004 - 11:05 PM
Coble won back to back All Americans on the Classic color tapp and a jig. Unfortunatley he is now banned from the FLW. They also helped take him to the Classic in his first year of competing in BASS.
Check with Blackjack. He could probably tell you.
I would just leave it alone untill the plug needs recoating.
Posted 11 August 2004 - 10:19 AM
Yeah Skeeter, that is one sweet color.
By the way, may shoot over to see if when I get back to Fayetteville. I am fishing a tournament over on High Rock in September (haven't been there in years), so I will be in your area.
Posted 11 August 2004 - 09:52 PM
Bring it on son!!!!!!!!! Maybe I can help you with a few spots.
Posted 19 August 2005 - 09:52 PM
the bass pro in atlanta has a large selection of zoom baits. they are on the end cap of one of the crankbait isles. Ed does an excellent job. i have never heard of a zoom bait that would not run. not doubting you skeeter, but that is the first i have heard. you are right about the clear ed uses RM brand lacquer clear.
Posted 19 August 2005 - 10:31 PM
I bought a lot of them in atl. to. Some of those people up their at BPS don't know anything about crankbaits. Great baits!
Posted 22 August 2005 - 06:55 PM
Spence is a good guy to deal with.
Many of the Z-4s and Z-3s definitely have crooked bills.
I have still caught fish on them. For whatever reason, they are fish-catching machines. My own theory is that the lexan lips, combined with a fairly small profile bait, give it a little bit more action that fish like.
I made a bait pretty close to the Z-4, but lost it on Harris a few weeks ago on only my second trip throwing it. Now I am working on a batch of about 20 of them. Won't be having that problem next time.
Posted 22 August 2005 - 06:58 PM
BTW Skeeter, you ever thought of trying to have Lexington declared the crankbait capital of the world.
I may be heading that way sometime soon to hang out with another lure maker.
Posted 22 August 2005 - 07:19 PM
Lexington already is the crankbait capital of the world. In both the people that make them and the people that fish them. But it has only been declared that by the people that count the most..... Other fishermen!!!
I am not gonna comment on the Zoom's. You guys just keep fishing them and let me know what you have to say about them in 3 mos. But Spence is a nice person to talk to. He has always been pleasant to me. He is quite a crankbait fisherman. You could learn an awful lot from that man about how to fish a crankbait.
Posted 23 August 2005 - 04:14 PM
Where can I find some pictures of these crankbaits? I cant seem to find any. Thanks.