Largemouth bass are the most targeted gamefish in America. However, with popularity comes intense fishing pressure. Enticing a largemouth bass becomes more challenging as they grow. A big fish, more often than not, is a smart fish.
The search for big bass leads many anglers on a constant search for a fresh new lure – a new style that just might be the ticket to fool a big bass into biting. The first time I threw a Z-Man product, I was out on the boat with a good friend of mine. He handed me a ShroomZ Micro Finesse Jig paired up with the Finesse T.R.D (The Real Deal) and simply said, “This catches fish.”
He wasn’t lying. The impressive durability of the Finesse T.R.D and its natural buoyancy separate this from all the other finesse techniques I had used in the past. We slammed both largemouth and smallmouth all day, and I’ve had that combo in my tackle box ever since.
Since then I have fished many Z-Man products, their lifelike action and the extremely durable ElaZtech technology has brought me back time and time again.
The 3/16-ounce Shroomz Micro Finesse Jig has a strong hook dressed with a 100% silicone skirt, and gives a life-like appearance with fantastic action, and a killer slow fall. Skip it along pebbly or sandy bottoms, or swim it through (and around) vegetation.
The 2.75-inch Finesse T.R.D. with ElaZtech technology is a ridiculous combination of life-like action and durability. When paired with the ShroomZ Micro Finesse Jig, it is a deadly crawfish imitation.
Rigging: I love pairing the 3/16-ounce Micro Finesse Jig and the Finesse T.R.D. The combination of a skirted finesse jig and a buoyant soft plastic gives this small, deadly jig a great presentation no matter if falling, sitting on the bottom, or being jigged.
Technique: A great jig to throw at rocky and sandy areas. A slow fall gives plenty of fish throughout the water column a chance at your bait. With the buoyant action of the Finesse T.R.D. letting your jig lay on the bottom with subtle jigs can be a very productive way to entice those finicky fish.
The Razor Shadz bring a lifelike action to your swimbait arsenal. With a segmented body, it gives a subtle but very realistic swimming action. A belly slot and dorsal hook pocket allows it to move through cover exceptionally well.
Rigging: The RaZor ShadZ pairs well with a 3/0 or 4/0 hook; I love adding it to the Z-man Original Chatterbaits. At 4.5 inches, and coming in a variety of different colors, not only is it a productive swimbait, it’s the perfect trailer for your chatterbaits.
Technique: A fantastic swimbait to slice through weedy areas and bring a big fish out to strike. Added to a chatterbait, it will give off great vibration, cover ground, and power through weedy areas. An exceptional early-season bait.