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.
Check out the underwater footage!!
Importance Of Buoyancy Lure Presentation [VIDEO]
Here are the 3 lures that are tested:
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.
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?
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