Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ Review [How to Rig & Underwater Demo Video]

By: Tony Acevedo on August 8, 2018
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Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ

The Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ is a lure I added to my tackle box a while back that I have really enjoyed.

It’s a tough and durable lure that has fantastic action in the water. I love to use it when fishing the flats in shallow water and when working structure in deeper water.

After using it for a while now, I wanted to give my honest review of what I like and dislike about this lure.

You can also see how to rig the Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ and what they look like underwater in the video below.

If you’ve used this lure, let us know what you think of it by commenting below.

Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ Packs: Rigged and Unrigged

The Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ comes in two different kinds of packs — rigged and unrigged packs.

The pre-rigged packs come with two EZ ShrimpZ rigged weedless on weighted hooks. The rigged packs are $6.99 each on the Z-Man website. You can see the rigged pack in the photo below:

Rigged Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ

The unrigged packs come with four EZ ShrimpZ with no hook. These packs are $5.99 on the Z-Man website. You can see a picture of the unrigged pack below:

unrigged Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ

One suggestion I would make if you’re inclined to buy the rigged Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ is to buy a spare pack of unrigged EZ ShrimpZ as well.

These lures’ tails have a tendency to break down over time or could even be eaten by a small-mouthed fish like a pufferfish or pinfish.

The unrigged EZ ShrimpZ are easy to use to replace damaged rigged EZ ShrimpZ because the unrigged are cut exactly the same as the rigged and can be added to the rigged hook in the same way.

Overall though, I like that these lures are durable and can be used many times before you need to replace them.

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The Best Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ Colors and Rigging

I’ve used quite a few different colors of the Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ and figured out that the greasy prawn and natural colored EZ ShrimpZ are by far my favorites to use.

Greasy Prawn and Natural Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ

To me, the greasy prawn-colored EZ ShrimpZ is the most natural looking for the area I generally fish. It’s a greenish-grey color that works well on the flats for redfish, trout, snook and more.

The natural-colored EZ ShrimpZ is actually more of a pinkish color. I like this color because it can stand out a little bit in slightly-muddied water and is also an effective choice when fishing at night.

I like to rig both these colors on the Z-Man hook that comes with the rigged EZ ShrimpZ and on jigheads. Both riggings can be effective, as well as unweighted weedless hooks.

When I rig this lure, I always use a loop knot like the Non-Slip Loop Knot to connect my line to the hook. The loop knot gives the EZ ShrimpZ more action, which naturally already has great action, making it an even deadlier lure.

Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ Cons

cons of the Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ

I haven’t found many problems with the Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ, but there are a few.

1. Difficulty Finding Replacement Hooks 

I had trouble finding replacement Z-Man hooks like the ones that come in the rigged packs of the Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ. I bought my EZ ShrimpZ in a store and the store did not have the Z-Man hooks to replace the ones from the rigged packs.

2. The Lure Turns on Its Side When Sitting on the Bottom

The weight on the Z-Man hooks that come in the rigged packs is very narrow. Therefore, when the lure sinks and is sitting on the bottom, it turns on its side and has a bit of an unnatural presentation. When bouncing this lure off the bottom, I have to make sure I do not let it sit on the bottom and turn on its side.

This hasn’t been a huge issue but is something to note when using these lures.

Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ Review Video

You can see my full review, including how to rig the Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ and how they look underwater, in the video below:

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Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ Colors

Overall, I really enjoy using the Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ on the water. They are tough, have great action and come in different colors I can use depending on the situation.

The cons to this lure are minimal and easy to overcome. I think that the benefits are far greater and that this is a lure worth adding to your own tackle box.

If you have any questions about this review or a suggestion for the next product for us to review, let us know in the comments below.

Also, don’t forget that we are not affiliated with any lure or fishing gear companies and that all our reviews are 100 percent independent.

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9 months ago

Love this shrimp in two day i caught a surf bream of 1 kg a rather nice flounder a really ally nice golden spotted cod and a flathead in roughly 50 casts, they really work wasgetting sceptical in relation to soft pladtics fishing but my faith has been restored by this shrimp.

Robert Smith
1 year ago

You cant beat elaztech for durability. I’d like to see a review on the Savage Gear TPE Manic Shrimp Bait

Roy Noblin
1 year ago

i was talking with my son in north Carolina last night and he was excited about this bail. he caught both red’s and trout on one bait and a bunch of them. so i thought i’d see reviews on this bait and found this. guess what i plan to buy today thanks tony for the review and demo

Chris Wynimko
1 year ago

Great video tony thanks always love watching

Larry Moody
Larry Moody
1 year ago

Try the Eagle Claw weighted hook item # BWH18-R

Lee Chaney
1 year ago

Tony, a video of the lure on BassPro shows the bait doesn’t fall over on the bottom. Might be a rigging issue. They specifically address that as a plus against other lures.

Lee Chaney
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

I agree with the slight tension keeping it upright. I’m gonna explore some swim bait hooks.

Pat Ogletree
1 year ago

Tony, I was looking at the Owner Beast swimbait hooks and they make them in a smaller 4/0 size. The hook has the same basic shape as the EZ Shrimpz factory rigging hook but the Beast has a flat bottom lead wieght. I bet that would keep the bait upright at rest seeing how the elaztec material is buoyant.

John Martin
1 year ago

Swell Joe, can not wait much more for Red Tide to go, has stopped me fishing 🎣 in Englewood Lemon Bay. Fish are dead very where around here now.
Best Regards

Gary Friedman
1 year ago

Hey Tony, Ever consider lure designing? Keep up the great work.

Gary Friedman
1 year ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Tony quick question….heading to the keys in 2 weeks for some flats fishing. Besides live bait, what lures do you think might be useful in my arsenal

1 year ago

Be aware that you shouldn’t mix the Z-Man plastics with other type of plastic lures, something in the added scent reacts to other plastics and turns the Z-Man into a slimy mess. I found this out after mixing other brands together with the Z-Man then after the fact read about this someplace else.

Richard Devereaux
1 year ago
Reply to  Martha

“Caution: Do not store ElaZtech with any other kind of plastic baits or in conventional plastic storage boxes.” Printed on the package.

Todd Smith
1 year ago

I put these on my wife’s line when I need a break from baiting her and she does amazing and I don’t have to rebait her we fish the gulf reefs

Richard Devereaux
1 year ago

Shrimp move forward slowly, using their underbody appendages to “paddle” (swim) or crawl on the bottom. Shrimp move backward quickly, i.e., when evading predators.
Many artificial shrimp lures are designed to be rigged at the head. If fished slowly it makes a natural presentation. If fished quickly or twitched harshly it makes an unnatural presentation.
Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ can be rigged from the head – or the tail – depending on how it’s fished. Rigged from the tail and fished with quick twitches (to mimic a shrimp evading a predator) can be very effective.

Richard Devereaux
1 year ago

Just a few thoughts…a natural, live shrimp not harassed lazily moves FORWARD using its underbody appendages to “paddle” (swim) or to crawl on the bottom. When pursued by a predator a shrimp will very quickly move BACKWARD. Hmm…why are so many artificial shrimp lures designed to rig from the head?
An artificial shrimp rigged at the head then fished SLOWLY in the water column or dragged on the bottom presents the lure to potential predators in natural motion. This same lure rigged at the head then fished with a quick twitching motion presents the lure in an unnatural motion. An artificial shripped rigged at the tail then quickly twitched or fished under a popping cork presents the lure in a more natural motion.
The Z-Man EZ ShrimpZ can be rigged from the head – or the tail. For more info about this, check out “An EZ ShrimpZ for any situation” (10/13/16) on the Z-Man/The Chatter website. https://zmanfishing.com/cms/chatter/ez-shrimpz-any-situation

Tom W
1 year ago

I’m looking forward to giving these a try. Pinfish quickly bite the tails off any plastic type lure I use with the exception of Zman products. But these segmented tails look like they may make it even easier for the tailbiters.

Steven Free
1 year ago

Yea z-man does make a good lure but personally the vudu shrimp to me out performs them all the action is amazing and the lures are very very tough and one of the great pros to it is they are always prerigged no messing with finding hooks to fit them although like the z-man you should always keep them away from other plastic lures they are probably made with the same or similar materials as the z-man and they will melt into other plastics the same as the z-man does and the price are not cheap from the company website a pack of 2 are about 7.15 each park but if you look at how many fish can be caught on one lure they really are very reasonably priced and egret bai company that makes them has awesome extremely fast shipping and customer service if they tell you it will be there in a week most likely it will be 4 to 5 days especially if you order them early on a weekday morning anyways good info thanks for all you do😁

Nicholas George
1 year ago

Were the non rigged shrimpz the scented or unscented? I bought a pack of the scented shrimpz, and they all were cattywompus and very difficult to rig.

Gary Rankel
1 year ago

Good stuff, Tony…..I’ve tried them and prefer them to the DOA shrimp. I try pretty much try all the new Z man stuff for the longer lasting elaztech plastic – was surprised you had trouble with pinfish biting the tail off.

Dan Shuford
1 year ago

Thanks Tony,
It makes you wonder the R&D side of their product development. To package a product with that weighted hook tells me someone is not doing their job, surely someone saw the shrimp hit the bottom, then roll over and die…LOL The segmented tail is nice and of course the elaztech is great. The color choice Pink being natural… Nah, I don’t buy that…LOL.
I guess these big companies want their customers to refine their faulty products… A small upstart does this and they’re out of business…
Great Job Tony!!


Lee Chaney
1 year ago
Reply to  Dan Shuford

Check this out! Z-Man says it doesn’t fall over. https://www.basspro.com/shop/en/z-man-pre-rigged-ez-shrimpz

Rich Fiorentino
1 year ago

Have you tried it with an Owner weighted hook?

Jim Leas
1 year ago

Great video Tony I’ve used these in the past a few times without much success. But it is a lure that I would continue to use due to its life like action.

John Simkunas
1 year ago

Great video Tony! I like the underwater footage!

1 year ago

Would you recommend putting any type of scent on these?

Bryan Malko
1 year ago

I Put some shrimp sent on mine when using them. It looks like a little thing of Chapstick that I picked up from bass pro and seems to work wonders

Nick Nemeth
1 year ago

I love Zman products for their durability. I love gulp because their scent, but no durability. If we could only get a true hybrid.

Art Heiter
1 year ago

Really nice to see that underwater lure presentation.

Bryan Malko
1 year ago

I’ve been using these for a while and really like them. I did notice though sometimes after a few strikes the shrimp will roll sideways on the hook and you’ll have to almost re-rig it to have it sit correctly