Z-Man Texas Eye Finesse Jighead Review: Pros & Cons
Have you had the chance to use the Z-Man Texas Eye Finesse Jighead?
What are the pros and cons of the different style Texas Eye Finesse Jigheads?
Learn what situations and lures will work best with the Finesse Jighead down below!
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Z-Man Texas Eye Finesse Jighead Review [VIDEO]
The Z-Man Texas Eye Finesse Jighead is a smaller, extra-wide gap hook with lighter weights than the Texas Eye Jighead.
A Z-Man Texas Eye Jighead comes standard with a 4/0 size hook attached to a 1/8 ounce jighead.
The Finesse Jighead is a 1/0 hook paired with a 1/10 ounce jighead.
Both hooks include a keeper on the hook to hold your soft plastic lure in place.
The Finesse Jighead is a lighter-wire hook, however, it is not that much shorter in distance between the point and shank than the standard Texas Eye Jighead.
These features make the Finesse Jighead perfect for shallow water conditions where you are targeting redfish and snook.
Z-Man Texas Eye Jighead
Most 4 or 5-inch soft plastic lures match better with the standard Texas Eye Jighead.
Tough lure material that Z-Man paddletails are made with or TPE (thermoplastic elastomer) that the Power Prawn is made of are perfect matches for this larger jighead.
Due to the weight placed on the head of Texas Eye Jigheads, the material of the lure will want to float and sit upright in the water.
Consequently, the challenge with the Texas Eye Jighead is that it does not match up well with smaller, 3-inch soft plastic lures.
Salt Strong paddletails such as the Slam Shady 2.0, the Gold Digger, and F.R.E.D. are tougher to have sit correctly on the larger Texas Eye Jighead.
The hook is a bit too long and the hook’s thickness tears away some of the plastic at the head of the lure.
Z-Man Texas Eye Finesse Jighead
The Finesse style Texas Eye Jighead is excellent for shorter paddletail lures.
It has a lighter-wire gauged hook with a shorter shank.
Further, the piece soldered at the chin of the hook is smaller than the original Texas Eye Jighead.
In turn, when you rig a soft plastic lure weedless on the Finesse Jighead, you won’t tear as much plastic away from the head as the standard Texas Eye.
This gives an angler the opportunity to fish a shorter paddletail with a lighter, smaller Texas Eye.
If you are targeting redfish in the coming winter months or really picky trout and snook, the Finesse Eye is an excellent choice for shallow water applications.
The Finesse Eye Jighead also works in perfect tandem with the “Nub” rig.
In order to create the nub rig, just simply remove the tail of a paddletail lure.
This manipulates the action of the lure and creates a total different profile and presentation.
If you are bouncing a lure off the edge of a dock for trout or aiming for redfish, this presentation will work best.
Cons Of The Z-Man Texas Eye Finesse Jighead
The light wire hook of the Finesse Jighead is extremely delicate.
If you crank a hard hook set into a fish, you will risk straightening out these hooks.
An intense hook set on a medium-heavy rod is not the intended use for the Finesse Jighead.
The jighead is meant for shorter, smaller lures in shallow water settings where your hook sets are lighter.
Keep in mind that you may have to back off of your drag to ensure you don’t straighten these hooks.
The hook will still pierce through the mouth of a redfish or trout.
But if you plan on hooking a snook near structure, you will likely straighten out this type of hook.
Moreover, the Finesse Jigheads are not going to match up well with anything larger than a 3 or 3.5-inch paddletail.
The Slam Shady Bomber will be way too big to rig on the Texas Eye Finesse Jighead.
The larger, 5-inch paddletails like the Bomber and Alabama Leprechaun are better suited for the original Texas Eye Jighead.
Be cautious when using the Z-Man MinnowZ with the Finesse Jighead.
The MinnowZ is a bit wider and chunkier than the Salt Strong paddletails.
Salt Strong paddletails are slimmer and that design allows for better hook penetration and connection to your fish.
You might not get as secure of a connection with the fish when using the MinnowZ paddletail.
The slimmer variety of shorter paddletails are going to work best with the Texas Eye Finesse Jighead.
The slightly smaller and lighter features of the Z-Man Texas Eye Finesse Jighead force it to be exclusive in certain specific fishing scenarios.
Shallow water situations paired with a shorter soft plastic lure are excellent conditions for using the Finesse Jighead.
Remember not to set the hook with too much intensity or you could risk straightening it!
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