A bit of a furor over Zoom’s infringement on the nation’s preferred handpour, the West’s own Roboworm, may have unexpected consequences. Despite the resentment many of us hold for Zoom’s bold move in the marketplace, maybe it’s not all bad.

For the record, late last year Zoom Baits unveiled their Z3 Swamp Crawler worm in a hand-poured version just shy of 6 inches in length. This bait, in its mono-colored, injected models had slowly made inroads in the West, primarily because…it’s cheap.

However, as a hand pour, the new Zoom costs more than any Robo 10 pieces, in fat or standard straight tails. Since they weren’t undercutting the original, the intruder’s biggest offense must be that it uses many of the same “names” for its color offerings, taken from the Robo line.

In other words, you can find in Zoom such iconic Robo color names as “Aaron’s Magic,” “Bold Bluegill” or “Morning Dawn” among others. But will that turn out to be a detriment?

It should be noted that Yum, Berkley Havoc, as well as Zoom injection worms have attempted to match Robo colors and identify them by the same names as the handpours. What they get is an interpretation, but no actual match.

But as handpours, the fact is, in a different mold cavity with different dimensions and thus different plastic densities, Zoom also fails to get a perfect match. Only Bold Bluegill, being the least sophisticated of the Robo originals, has “the look.”

What Zoom can’t do, however, is duplicate the confidence Westerners (and a variety of national pros) have developed from using the unique and consistently poured Robos, especially in our heavily fished waters. Zoom may introduce handpours (and Robo nomenclature) to a wider audience, but in the end, bass fishermen will want what we have, what works–not some copy.






5 Responses to “Worm wars and hand pours”

Some real worm pouring artists develop some great products and a loyal following, but they all seem to run out of steam. They can’t compete with a machine that just doesn’t get tired.

In my humble opinion, the only worms that comes close are Ray Vella’s Gee Gee Baits and he’s a one man band with a regular job as well as his worm pouring hobby.

Ray Vella at Gee Gee baits pours by far the cleanest worms made. In fact they are so clean they look injected. Stephen at Bass Chow and Josh Upton make the best larger worms on the market IMO. Miss those DVL days when they ate the 10″ worm like candy.

This is no knock on any of the serious “western” handpours–just a statement about “ours” versus “theirs.” 🙂

by Brian Linehan

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