Why Is Buoyancy Important For The Best Lure Presentation?

The density of soft plastics and other lures plays a huge role in the overall presentation.

Density affects the buoyancy of lures and how they behave in the water.

On top of that, the density of your soft plastic lure determines the proper weight on a jighead or hook that should be added to achieve the ideal presentation.

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Importance Of Buoyancy Lure Presentation [VIDEO]

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Here are the 3 lures that are tested:

Alabama Leprechaun

The Alabama Leprechaun is a 5-inch jerk shad that is made out of a material called plastisol.

Plastisol is a very dense material.

This will cause the Alabama Leprechaun to have a faster descent to the bottom than many other lures.

Also, when the lure reaches the bottom it rests on its side in a “dead” position (not really providing any action on its own).

Power Prawn Shrimp

The Power Prawn Shrimp is made out of a different material called thermoplastic elastomer (TPE).

TPE is less dense than plastisol and provides a little more buoyancy.

The Power Prawn is slightly thicker which causes it to be a bit denser and descent just a bit quicker than the Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ.

After casting into the water, the Power Prawn begins a gradual, slow descent to the bottom where it rests head first and tail up.

Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ

The Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ lures have the same color as the Slam Shady and are also skinnier in profile when compared to the Power Prawn.

Alike to the Power Prawn, the Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ is also made out of TPE material.

The Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ did not break the surface tension of the water on the first cast.

It had to be hurled into the water a second time to get it to descend to the bottom.

When this happens, you need to adjust the weight of the hook you’re using in order to get your lure into the strike zone!

The EZ ShrimpZ lure makes a very slow descent to the bottom and its head sits on the bottom with its tail pointing in an almost upright position.


jerk shad vs paddletail

If you’re fishing a grassy bottom or there is cover for fish, the jerk shad is best so it can bounce up and down in and out of the grass.

If the bottom is clear and sandy, either of the two shrimp lures are your best bet due to their slow descent and buoyancy of the tails to lean up and be exposed.

With the less dense lures, you are also going to have to change the weights of the hooks and jigheads you choose in order to achieve the desired presentation at ideal water depths.

Overall, a slower presentation is best for buoyant lures with less weight because they will remain in the strike zone longer.

When the shrimp is at the bottom and its tail is sticking up, a fish may see that and want to go check it out.

The more dense a lure is, the more it’s suited for a darting, erratic retrieve with a fast sink rate to attract a fish’s attention and provoke a strike.

How do you change up your hooks and jig heads to coincide with the buoyancy of your lures?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Danny Mitchell
2 years ago

Great video Tony, I’m really impressed with how the Power Prawn Jr is head down, tail up and appears to me to be more realistic looking than the EZ Shrimp when resting on the bottom. The PP is working for you even when you’re “dead sticking “ it.

Otto Noda
2 years ago

Just a thought, would the type of pool water you are using affect the buoyancy? Salt Water Vs Straight Chlorine.

Adam Bailey
2 years ago
Reply to  Otto Noda

Yes, when compared to a pool with a salt cell or chloronator, saltier and denser ocean water will make the lures slightly more buoyant, and therefore, sink more slowly. I’m not sure if the different sink rates in shallow (e.g., 1 to 4 ft) pool or ocean water would be noticeable though.

Tony controlled for the sink rate difference by using the same weight for all three lures (just a hook).

The different sink rate between the three lures is the key takeaway.

Thanks again, Tony!

Otto Noda
2 years ago
Reply to  Adam Bailey

Thanks for your explanation. Great input.

Steven Dockery
2 years ago

Guys, love your lures, slam shady has really made a BIG difference in my tackle box. It took me a bit to learn a good tactic of how to use it but my friends are trying to take all of mine. So I told them where to go to get theirs. Also would like to say your info videos are VERY HELPFUL. Thanks again, Steve

José Odriozola
2 years ago

Tony, great presentation. Could you expand on on this by showing the reaction of the Alabama leprechaun with a jig and how it would sit at the bottom. I mostly use the mission lure jigs. Since this is a heavier lure perhaps we need to use a lighter jig head. I just want to know how it would behave.

Pablo Diaz
2 years ago

Nice video and demo Tony !!!

George Kalet
2 years ago

Hi Tony, good illustration. You mentioned that all 3 lures were rigged on the same type of hook, but you never mentioned which hook it was you used.

2 years ago
Reply to  George Kalet

Is this a trick question? I’m a guest, not a member, and even I know the answer to this! From what I’ve seen, they exclusively use Owner (beast/twist lock) belly weighted hooks for weedless, and Zman trout eye/red eye jig heads for everything else, 99% of the time. It’s literally the only two hooks they use for artificial lures, in the thousands of videos they’ve made. As far as weight… that would depend on the water depth.

Guy Stephens
2 years ago
Reply to  George Kalet

Agree, looked like a different hook set up?

Steve Rackas
2 years ago

Very interesting. I always learn something new when you put together a video……

Kenneth Johnston
2 years ago

Tony, this is the type of info that really helps us old timers when so many different soft baits were not available. Seeing how they drop and sit on the bottom is amazing. I also note you folks do not seem to carry a ton of different colors, basically light and dark making me wonder if I really need to over load the boat with 10 colors of each lure. Obviously Slam Shady and Leprechaun are your favorites. Since we lost the grass on theIRL it seems for some reason mud coves seem to hold reds and the shrimp baits sitting upright seem perfect for that type bottom.

I have a question regarding boat storage and would like your opinions, do I contact you through Community or is there a way to contact you directly. Thanks for all of your insight and help.


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