Z-Man's Fishing Products' ZinkerZ: an Update.

Z-Man's Fishing Products' ZinkerZ: an Update.

A 2 1/2-inch Z-Man Fishing Products' Coppertreuse ZinkerZ on a red 1/15-ounce Z-Man's Finesse ShroomZ jig

Z-Man Fishing Products has created three new ZinkerZ colors, which have caught the eyes of several anglers on the Finesse News Network.  Those three colors are Canada Craw, Coppertreuse, and Houdini. Thus, there are now 23 colors of the ZinkerZ for Midwest finesse  anglers to wield.

Nowadays, Midwest finesse anglers' lure repertoire revolves around 13 soft-plastic baits that are affixed to a 1/32-, 1/16- or 3/32-ounce Gopher Tackle Mushroom Head Jig or a Z-Man's 1/15-, 1/10-, or 1/6-ounce Finesse ShroomZ jig.  The ZinkerZ is the lynchpin of the lot, and some Midwest finesse  anglers contend that it has reached an iconic status.  But in essence,  it is  merely a five-inch Senko- or stick-style bait, which Midwest finesse anglers customized by cutting it in half  to make it 2 1/2-inches long.

In the eyes of Midwest finesse anglers, the 2 1/2-inch ZinkerZ is the most effective stickbait ever made. What's more, it is also the most durable, and some anglers have discovered that the older and more tattered a 2 1/2-inch ZinkerZ becomes the more bass it bewitches.  In fact, a 2 1/2-inch ZinkerZ rigged on a 1/16-ounce Gopher jig or 1/15-ounce Z-Man's Finesse  ShroomZ jig has been known to withstand donnybrooks with more than 100 largemouth bass before it becomes too tattered to use.


The Canada Craw ZinkerZ  is laminated.  Its back is graced with a green-pumpkin hue, and its belly exhibits a light-green hue with a hint of translucency. The entire torso is bedizened with scores of copper, red, and black flakes.


A five-inch Canada Craw ZinkerZ.

The Coppertreuse ZinkerZ is lamiated. The color of its belly is what Z-Man calls  hot chartreuse. Its back possesses a copper-brownish hue; in some anglers' eyes, its back exhibits a green-pumpkin color, and the folks at Z-Man say that it is  a brown matrix. The entire body is embellished with orange and black flakes, and in some anglers' eyes, the orange flakes have a copper tint.  By the way, Stacey King of Reeds Spring, Missouri, and some of his colleagues who compete on the Walmart FLW Tour have found the 2 1/2-inch Coppertreuse ZinkerZ on a red 1/16-ounce jig to be a very productive lure at some of the reservoirs that they compete upon during spawning season. In addition, Luke Clausen of Otis Orchards, Washington, who is sponsored by Z-Man and competes on the FLW circuit, said he was impressed with the catches that some of the FLW competitors have mustered with the 2 1/2-inch Coppertreuse ZinkerZ, and those catches have provoked him to use it at times.

The Houdini is laminated with a light-brown back and a sand-colored belly with more than a touch of translucency.  Its back is highlighted with red and black glitter, while its belly us stippled with copper, chartreuse, and black glitter.

A five-inch Houdini ZinkerZ.


A package of six can be purchased for $5.49 at Z-Man's online store ( http://zmanfishing.com/store/categories/elaztech/zinkerz). At other online retailers, the price ranges from $4.19  to $4.99 per package.

Endnotes:

(1) At times some Midwest finesse anglers wacky rig a five-inch ZinkerZ to a Gamakatsu G-Finesse Series Wacky Jig Head.


(2) There are times when Midwest finesse anglers customize the five-inch ZinkerZ into a three-inch one, and they affix it onto a mushroom-style jig the same way they do the 2 1/2-incher.  After they create the three-inch ZinkerZ, they save the two-inch segment, and when they accumulate enough two-inch segments, they engage in more customizing endeavors by cutting and gluing portions of these segments together. For more information on customizing Z-Man's ElaZtech baits, please visit this link: https://www.in-fisherman.com/midwest-finesse/finesse-news-network-the-art-of-customizing-z-mans-fattyz-finesse-wormz-saw-tail-wormz-hula-stickz-and-zinkerz/.

(3) Z-Man recently introduced a squeal to the customized   2 1/2-inch ZinkerZ. It is called the Finesse T.R.D. or The Real Deal. Unlike the 2/12-inch  ZinkerZ, which is manufactured in 23 colors, the T.R.D. is two and three-quarters inches long and made in eight colors. For more information about the T.R.D., visit this link  https://www.in-fisherman.com/bass/z-mans-t-r-d/#ixzz3KqW46zxI.

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