Slam Shady 2.0 vs. Z-Man Slam Shady MinnowZ
Slam Shady 2.0 vs Z-Man MinnowZ!!!
What are the major differences between the Slam Shady 2.0 and the Z-Man Slam Shady MinnowZ?
Learn all the similarities and differences right here!
Slam Shady 2.0 VS. Z-Man MinnowZ
The Slam Shady 2.0 is a Salt Strong custom proprietary paddletail lure that is all white with grey specks and flash sprinkled throughout the body.
Z-Man also uses the Slam Shady color in their Z-Man Slam Shady MinnowZ paddletail.
The two lures are very similar in size and color but are best used in different scenarios.
There are only a few similarities between the two lures but they are significant.
First, the lures are both roughly the same size.
They are both swimbait paddletails with similar profiles in the water.
And, of course, they are both in the Slam Shady color.
However, you may notice the Z-Man MinnowZ is more of an ‘off-white’ color when compared to the Slam Shady 2.0.
But, both lures have the same flash and glitter scattered throughout.
The first major difference between the two lures is the Slam Shady 2.0 has a slot in the belly while the MinnowZ does not.
The slot in a soft plastic lure’s belly allows for a better hookup ratio and ease of rigging on jigheads or weighted hooks.
With less plastic in the belly, the hook does not have as much plastic to fight through to secure a proper hook set.
The MinnowZ is solid all the way around, however, if you bump up a size to the DieZel MinnowZ, that lure and above have hook slots in the lure’s belly.
Another noticeable difference between the lures is the difference in length.
The Slam Shady 2.0 is 3.5 inches long and the MinnowZ is only 3 inches in length.
In truth, the difference of only a half-inch does not have a great impact, especially if you are focusing on throwing smaller baits given the time of year.
Furthermore, the two lures are made out of different materials.
The Z-Man MinnowZ is made out of tough and stretchy TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) material.
This means the MinnowZ is more buoyant than the Slam Shady 2.0.
You may not think anything of it, but the type of material of lures plays a major role in how you should rig up the different lures.
If you are fishing the MinnowZ, you might want to consider using a slightly heavier weight on your hook because of its buoyancy.
Additionally, based on which lure you are using, you will want to rig them up according to weighted hooks.
When fishing with the Slam Shady 2.0, we find the best pairing to be a 3/0 weedless weighted hook.
Slam Shady 2.0 seamlessly fits onto twistlock hooks and is ideal for a 3/0 sized hook.
If you are using the MinnowZ, they are tougher to secure to a twistlock hook.
We found the best hook pairing for the MinnowZ to be a Mustad Weighted Grip Pin hook.
The MinnowZ will slide right over the weight without causing any damage to the lure as you rig it up.
Moreover, Mustad Weighted Grip Pin hooks have a slightly wider hook gap than Owner Weighted Twistlock Hooks.
That wider gap can only benefit you when using lures made from TPE materials.
TPE material is much more durable than the soft plastic mixture used to create the Slam Shady 2.0 paddletail.
The Slam Shady 2.0 is made out of standard plastisol which is not as strong as TPE.
However, both lures are proven to catch multiple fish per one lure.
Note: these two lures should never be stored together due to the materials and adverse chemical reactions upon interaction.
Slam Shady 2.0 VS. Z-Man MinnowZ [VIDEO]
- Slam Shady 2.0
- Z-Man Slam Shady MinnowZ
- Hoss Helix Hooks
- Mustad Weighted Grip Pin
- Owner Weighted Twistlock Hooks
Paddletails are one of, if not the, most versatile lures for inshore saltwater anglers targeting redfish, snook, and seatrout among other species.
Be sure to take into account the type of fish you are targeting as well as the structure around you because that will determine which lure you will want to use.
Remember the differences between these two lures and make sure you have the right gear in your tackle bag before heading out on the water!!
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