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


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.

Tight Lines!

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Adam Bailey
1 month ago

Great underwater footage! I love seeing lures underwater like that.

I weighed the pre-rigged version and it’s 0.38 ounces with none of the lead removed from the hook. The weighted hook with all of the lead but without the shrimp is 0.2 ounces.

Last edited 1 month ago by Adam Bailey
2 years 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
2 years ago

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

roy noblin
3 years 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
3 years ago

Great video tony thanks always love watching

Larry Moody
3 years ago

Try the Eagle Claw weighted hook item # BWH18-R

Lee Chaney
3 years 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
3 years ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

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

Pat Ogletree
3 years 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
3 years 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
3 years ago

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

Gary Friedman
3 years 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


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