HeadlockZ Jig Head Review: Pros, Cons, & Rigging Tips


In this video, we’re going to be talking about HeadlockZ jig heads.

These are heavy-duty jig heads made to be paired up with Z-Man’s stretchy ElaZtech material.

I’ll share the top pros and cons I’ve noticed with these jig heads, as well as show you how to rig lures on them.

Let’s dive in!

P.S. We are not sponsored by Z-Man, TT Lures, or any other company, so you can be sure this is an unbiased review.

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Before we get into how to rig lures on these jig heads, let’s talk about the pros and cons.


  • The eye is on top of the jig head, which is good because when you retrieve paddletails with a straight retrieve, it allows the lure to swim evenly in the water.
  • The hook keeper does a good job at keeping the lure in place
  • Comes in large sizes, so it pairs well with large lures


  • May not good for other lure brands besides Z-Man because the keeper is bulky and will tear up lures not made of ElaZtech
  • Sometimes the tail can get tangled up on hook (but this can happen with all jig heads and paddletails)

How To Rig Lures On The HeadlockZ Jig Head

When rigging lures on the HeadlockZ jig head, like any other hook or jig head, you want the bait to end be straight once it’s rigged up.

To do that, make push the hook point right through the middle of the nose of the bait.

And as you’re pushing the hook through the body of the lure, make sure that the hook stays in the center, otherwise the bait can end up crooked on the hook.

When you push the hook through the top of the lure, try not to push it out too close to the front or too far back so that it ends up straight.

Now the good thing about the Z-Man DieZel MinnowZ is that it has dorsal fins, which let you know exactly where the center of the bait is.

When you bring the hook out of the top of the lure, bring it out between the dorsal fins so you know it’s centered correctly.

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headlockz jig head rigging

If you’re looking for a heavy-duty jig head to pair with your Z-Man lures, the HeadlockZ is a good choice.

Rig baits on it just like any other jig head and the hook keeper will keep it in place.

However, if you’re going to be using lure brands besides Z-Man, you might want to try another jig head because it may easily tear them up.

Have any questions about this jig head?

Have you used it before?

Let me know in the comments below.

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Craig Gaffka
3 years ago

Hey Tony, would you recommend this jig head for the 5” slam shady? I’m looking to rig it to fish the jetty’s in Ponce inlet.

Ted Springer
3 years ago

Thanks for the review, Tony! One disadvantage I’ve found with jig heads where the lead head protrudes out front past the eye is that the jig is more prone to get caught on oysters, rocks, etc. or to collect grass and algae than a jig design where the eye is located on the front of the head. So I find this type jig head to be most effective when I will be swimming a lure above the bottom rather than working it in contact with the bottom. Have you experienced this, or am I missing something in technique that can overcome this? Thanks.

Antonio Garcia Jr
3 years ago

Tony, thanks for the information you posted. Skyline Fishing Company Is located in Port Charlotte FL there Sparkle Snapper Jig Heads, and and the 1/4 oz. sheepshead jig heads ,eyes are turned so you can install a twist lock spring to rig a soft plastic, the weight is foreword and flat on bottom so a Z man will sit at a angle on the bottom , the flat bottom front weighted Jigs And hook placement are designed to increase hookup ratio!!! “Much the same as a sweeper jig” At a reasonable Price

Glenn Lumpkin
3 years ago

Tony, thanks for all the reviews! The way you rigged this was the same way I do. However, in the first video it shows the minnow swimming with the paddle up. It may just be preference, but I always rig mine paddle down. Is there an application that you prefer one over the other?


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