Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore Pencil Topwater Lure Review (Pros, Cons, & Specs)


Do you like targeting redfish with topwater lures?

Then you’re going to love this review!

I’ve been using this lure a lot recently catching redfish in the marshes and near oyster bars.

And since I featured it in the video about topwater lures for redfish vs. trout, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it.

So in this video, I’m going to give you a full review of it, including:

  • Why it’s such a good topwater lure for redfish
  • What’s different about this topwater lure than most other topwaters
  • What I don’t like about this lure
  • And some awesome on-the-water footage catching fish with it

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Alright, now let’s dive in!

Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore Pencil Review [VIDEO]

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First, we’ll start off with the specs of the Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore Pencil, then I’ll get into the pros and cons.


  • 4″ long
  • 1/2 oz
  • 3 ball bearings to make the rattle sound
  • 2 carbon steel treble hooks
  • Price: $8.99


  • The back of the lure sits low in the water (great for redfish)
  • 3 smaller ball bearings make a high-pitch sound (mimics small baitfish or shrimp)



yo-zuri 3d inshore pencil redfish

Because this lure carves a relatively narrow path through the water and the back sits low, this is my go-to topwater when I’m targeting redfish.

However, since it makes a high-pitch sound and doesn’t cast that far or accurately compared to other lures, I usually use it when I know feeding redfish are in an area, not when I’m searching for fish.

Have any questions about the Yo-Zuri 3D Inshore Pencil?

Let me know in the comments below!

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noel o donovan
2 years ago

how does this compare to the older yo zuri silver dog 90mm that are great for Irish saltwater Bass.

Gary Yoder
3 years ago

are those available on salt strong tackle site, various colors?? tks

Gary Yoder
3 years ago

Thanks..depth of water you were fishing ?? what would be the shallow limits to use?? again thanks!

robert olson
3 years ago

Wyatt what size single hooks would you use in front and back, would you put different sizes on front and back?

Bill Godwin
3 years ago

Spot on Wyatt!

I use the Inshore Pencils with great success within 60 minutes of first light around Cape Romain NWR and Bulls Bays.

I have far more success with the “loud” colors; in particular green and root beer colors.

I have the Owner inline hooks on all former treble equipped lures. Only way to go IMO, I don’t think I’ve noticed a decrease in hook ups since switching to all inline hooks for reds and trout.

Not sure I agree with “less distance” and “not as accurate” as the Spooks. But then it’s probably my overall casting technique and not the lure.

Last edited 3 years ago by Bill Godwin
Bill Godwin
3 years ago
Reply to  Wyatt Parcel

Junior in Bone,
One Knocker in Bone, Chartreuse/Silver, Speckled Trout
Chug’N, Chartreuse/Silver (on sale on Lurenet web site), Bunker

All tend to be very productive first hour of daylight and last hour before sunset. I generally make a topwater brand/color choice based on sky conditions and water clarity.

Of course if the bite is off, nothing seems to get their attention.

We had a big series of storms blow through at dawn this morning and lasted about 3 hours. I hit the water as the last storm headed north.

Caught a couple of small reds on an EP baitfish fly and several trout on Z Man Opening Night Minnow Z. Trout were in their jumping mode but had little interest in eating my lures or flies.

No doubt I get more Red hookups with the Pencil due to design. I continue “walking the dog” through the blowup and do not immediately set the hook. I think this technique helps increase the hookup percentages.


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