Luke Clausen of Spoken Valley, Washington, is an accomplished and veteran angler on the FLW Tour who has been field testing Z-Man Fishing Products’ new Turbo CrawZ. And after making countless casts and retrieves and inveigling an impressive array of black bass, he has concluded that its versatility and effectiveness is unparalleled.
This four-inch soft-plastic crayfish is made out of a product that Z-Man calls ElaZtech, which is an extremely buoyant and durable material. In addition, more black bass seem to be seduced by ElaZtech than they are by the normal plastisol lures. Some anglers say ElaZtech secretes an oily substance, and these anglers suspect that oiliness might be an important ingredient in provoking black bass to engulf ElaZtech baits. Anglers will probably never know exactly why ElaZtech baits are so alluring to largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass, but once anglers seriously use them, they will quickly discover how incredibly effective they are. And that is why several of Z-Man’s ElaZtech baits have become the mainstay for scores of Midwest finesse anglers.
Clausen called the Turbo CrawZ the preeminent trailer for a ChatterBait and a skirted swim jig. And when the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass were foraging on crayfish, Clausen Texas rigged it on a football-jig that was devoid of a skirt or on a Carolina rig. He notes that slightest movement of his rod caused the Turbo CrawZ to thump and gyrate beguilingly. When Clausen executed a deadstick retrieve, the Turbo CrawZ’s buoyant nature allowed its head and claws to rise up and assume the defensive posture of a crayfish.
Besides it alluring qualities, the Turbo CrawZ can withstand scores of maulings from largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and spotted bass.
It was not designed to be a finesse bait. But undoubtedly some Midwest finesse anglers will do some whittling and trimming on it, and test it on a small jig, such as Gopher Tackle’s 3/32-ounce Mushroom Head Jig. And when that occurs we will post an update.
It will be on the market in late July and available in 14 colors: Black Blue Flake, Junebug, Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin/ Orange Claws, Pearl, Watermelon Candy, Dark Melon Red, Redbone, Okeechobee Craw, Bluegill, Bama Bug, Christmas, Sprayed Grass, and Silver Shadow.
The suggested retail price for a package of six is $4.49.
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