Z-Man Takes Finesse a Step Further with Micro Baits
Introduction: The crown jewel in the Z-Man plastic arsenal is the brand’s
ElaZtech thermoplastic material which is ultra-tough, buoyant, and able to be
molded in very detailed bait profiles. This season the company is taking finesse
to the next phase with the introduction of five micro-sized lures, each of which
is designed to be fished with an equally small micro finesse ShroomZ jighead.
The new Z-Man®
Micro Finesse™ System has been in the works for about three years and leverages
the same ElaZtech material found in the company’s most popular existing
plastics. ElaZTech is extremely durable and can be molded into tiny appendages
and when you add in the buoyancy of the material it is possible to create some
pretty unique baits.
There are five
new baits in the Micro Finesse lineup and at the core of each of these is the
new Micro Finesse ShroomZ™ Jigheads which are molded in the classic Z-Man
mushroom configuration, and feature fine-wire needlepoint hooks and welded wire
keeper pins to help keep the new miniature baits securely in place. The new
Finesse ShroomZ will be offered in red, chartreuse, black and glow/white
finishes, in 1/30-oz(#6), 1/20-oz(#6), 1/15-oz(#4) and 1/10-oz(#4) weight (hook
The Micro Finesse System
of baits includes:
The bait that I’m most excited about is a mini version of the ever-popular TRD.
The 1.75-inch Micro TRD features the classic stickbait profile on an even
smaller scale. This is one of those baits where the natural buoyancy of the
material does the work by standing at attention to attract fish to pick it right
off the bottom. This new micro version should be good for situations where even
more finesse is required. Crappie and panfish weapon? Definitely. The new Micro
TRD will be available in 10 colors including several exclusive TRD patterns such
as Electric Chicken, Bumblebee and Glow Chartreuse.
Need a little more action than a TRD? The Tiny TicklerZ is a 1.75-inch version
of the established TRD TicklerZ™ and is designed to generate more attention with
tentacle quivering action when paired with a Micro Finesse ShroomZ jighead. Here
the ElaZtech material once again shines as the small tentacles will not get
bitten off by tiny sunfish. The Tiny TiklerZ will be offered in ten colors,
including Firetreuse, Pink Glow and Bumblebee.
While some manufacturers are going bigger and bigger with their swimbaits Z-Man
is going micro. The Shad FryZ is a high-performance 1.75-inch micro swimbait
that is designed to mimic the thin, deep bodied anatomy of baby shad, crappies
and panfish. The Shad FryZ’s accentuated eyes and thin-bodied profile transition
toward a super-fine, segmented posterior and swimming tail. This new bait is
designed to exhibit subtle swimming motions at almost any retrieve speed,
including on the fall. A molded dorsal hook-slot makes rigging with a Micro
Finesse ShroomZ jighead easy. The Shad FryZ will be available in 10 colors
include popular crappie and panfish patterns.
StingerZ™: Blurring the line between bait styles is the exclusive Z-Man
profiled 2-inch StingerZ. This bait features a broad, easy-to-rig shad profile.
The lure’s alternating-segmented tail terminates with a bulbous stinger for wide
tail-wag action in every direction. A strategic dorsal hook-slot enables easy
rigging with a Micro Finesse ShroomZ jighead. This versatile bait can be cast
and twitched, or fished under a float and will be available in popular crappie
and panfish patterns.
The new lineup would not be complete without a tiny creature and the LarvaZ is
designed to fit this niche. This 1.75” bait mimics small invertebrate forage
including dragon and damselfly nymphs, dobsonfly larva, mayfly larva, and tiny
crustaceans. The ElaZTech allows for a lot of detail and small appendages
including bulbous eyes, thin legs and a segmented stinger tail. Designed to
match a #6 Micro Finesse ShroomZ jighead, the LarvaZ excels jigged, crawled or
hopped along the bottom or fished under a bobber. This should be a good bait for
everything from panfish to bass, and even effective for shy trout, and will be
available in eight colors include popular panfish and trout patterns.
Take: The new Micro Finesse lures leverage the best attributes of ElaZTech
material to create new smaller profiles that should be a great addition to the
arsenals of finesse anglers. I’m personally very excited about both the Micro
TRD and Shad FryZ lures which have the potential to be very versatile bite sized
stick and swim baits year-round. All the new Micro Finesse Baits will retail for
$4.99 per 8-pack and start shipping in the August timeframe.