Inside Cobb’s soft plastics tacklebox

Brandon Cobb definitely went on a tear during the 2023 Bassmaster Elite Series season. He spent the whole season in first or second place in the Progressive Bassmaster Angler of the Year points race. The South Carolina pro stayed competitive in all nine events by fishing to his strengths.
Cobb keeps a variety of Zoom soft plastics in the boat that he accredits for his fantastic season.
Zoom Fluke Stick
“I pretty much always break the tail off and use it as a wacky rigged stick bait,” Cobb said.
“It’s good for throwing at places that are likely beds, skipping it under trees, docks and anywhere you might think fish will hit it on the fall,” he added.
Zoom Trick Worm
“I rig a Trick Worm a lot of different ways, but typically I rig it on a 1/8-ounce shakey head to bed fish,” Cobb said.
“Almost all of the time I use it in the Green Pumpkin Green color”
White pearl Zoom Z-Craw Jr.
“I always keep a bag of Zoom Z-Craw Jr.’s in the boat in white pearl,” he explained.
“I use them as trailers for a ChatterBait, a swim jig and to Texas rig.”
Zoom Unitoad
“The Unitoad in the spring is an excellent search bait, and I vary my colors from white, black or green pumpkin. It’s great anytime you’re going down banks with grass to get fish to come up and look at it,” Cobb said.
“There’s a couple of different ways to rig it. You can throw it with a small weight on a Texas rig, or you can throw it on a belly weight hook. I typically throw it Texas rigged with 20-pound fluorocarbon and keep the bait on the top of the water.”
Zoom Z-Craw
“The Z-Craw kind of replaces my Fluke Stick in stained water or heavy cover. I basically use it to throw in the same spots I would the Fluke Stick but only use it when the water is dirtier or the cover is heavier.”
Here is Brandon Cobb’s Zoom spread.