July 9th, 2013
New Pop Shadz Among 18 Z-Man Products Launched at ICAST 2014by Grant Pentiricci July 15, 2014
Z-Man Fishing Products announced that it will be launching 18 new products at ICAST this week. While some offerings are variations of proven producers, others are completely new and unique, representing a continuation of Z-Man’s mission to provide anglers with the most innovative, effective baits on the market.
“In the past year we’ve seen a tremendous response to our new product releases and an increasing amount of interest in the Z-Man brand,” said Z-Man General Manager and Executive Vice President, Daniel Nussbaum. “As anglers realize the benefits of ElaZtech, we are constantly receiving requests for new baits and body shapes built from our proprietary material. We’re also spreading our wings and broadening the entire product line wherever we see an opportunity for newness or innovation.”
Of all the new Z-Man products to be launched this week, we’re most interested in getting a better look at the Pop Shadz, a 5″ soft plastic topwater bait. I’m a huge top water fan because of the violent surface strikes. Z-Man recognizes that some anglers have been limited in the past to hard baits armed with multiple treble hooks when situations call for ruckus-raising, floating topwater baits. Thanks to ElaZtech super-plastic technology, Z-Man is able to roll out the very first true soft plastic popper, something that simply cannot be duplicated with traditional soft plastic materials. The idea behind this new lure is that the Pop ShadZ will cause a commotion on the surface and float a heavy-gauge hook on the pause, and it will also walk through grass, pads and other cover without snagging.
According to Z-Man, the Pop ShadZ boasts the profile and body shape of a baitfish, yet thanks to its cupped face, pops, spits, and chugs when twitched along the surface for maximum fish-calling action. Best rigged with a wide gap 4/0, 5/0, or 6/0 hook, its belly slot and shallow dorsal pocket makes weedless rigging and solid hooksets a breeze. This one-of-a-kind soft bait is equally at home for a variety of fresh- and saltwater applications, from skipping under mangroves for laid-up snook and redfish, to working through dense lily pads for largemouths, to drawing vicious topwater explosions from blitzing blues and stripers. Z-Man claims that the Pop ShadZ is extremely durable, capable of withstanding any schooling onslaught with a single bait, enabling anglers to capitalize on small feeding windows without having to break to search for and re-rig a new bait.
Other New Z-Man Products
(The Real Deal) – A new 2.75″ finesse stick bait
(1/15-oz, 1/10-oz, and 1/6-oz) – A finesse jighead with a wire keeper
(Football jig in 1/2-oz and 3/4-oz, Flip N Cast jig in 3/8-oz and 1/2-oz) – Football and Flip N’ Cast skirted jigs with molded-in keepers
(2.75″ and 3.5″) – Jig chunks designed with input from touring professionals Clausen, Stephen Browning and David Walker
(4.5″) – Has a double-barb stamped stainless keeper that will hold soft plastic swimbaits
Scented Curly TailZ
(4″) – A versatile curly tail baitfish imitator; impregnated with 100% natural Pro-Cure Super Gel
(4″) – New size is ideal when sea trout, redfish, tarpon, and snook are feeding on larger shrimp
(2.5″) – A versatile, downsized ElaZtech® swimbait that delivers the same incredible softness, swimming action, and 10X Tough durability as its larger brethren
(5″) – New head shape is easier to rig and creates a more lifelike appearance; raised, split-dorsal fin increases weedlessness and improves stability on fast retrieves
(6″) – New laminate colors match Z-Man’s most popular swimbait hues, but in a larger 6-inch size; molded-in eyes and split-body design for easy rigging
(3.5″) – New 3.5-inch version delivers the durability, swimming action, and versatility found in the original GrubZ, but in an ideal size for bass fishing
(2″) – Unique, miniature crustacean imitation with twin u-tail claws that produce attention-getting action
QuadZilla Four-Arm Spinner Rig
(6″) – Based on the design of the popular QuadZilla Four-Arm Spinnerbait
BTB ((Better Than Bucktail) FlatZ Jig
(3.5 inches) – A modernized, upgraded version of the venerable bucktail jig that has long been an inshore fishing staple
EZ Skirt Finesse
(2.75″) – Spider cut skirt profile and premium silicone material provide tremendous life-like action on jigs of all sizes
We’ll be sure to get a closer look at these, and many other new products at ICAST this week. Stay-tuned!
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci