Z-Man RaZor ShadZ Review [Top Rigging Tips & Underwater Footage]

By: Tony Acevedo on November 5, 2018
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Z-Man RaZor ShadZ

The Z-Man RaZor ShadZ swimbait is a popular soft plastic lure on the market right now.

This lure has a segmented tail which allows it to move more freely with some good action than other lures can.

It is an inshore lure that is best used when rigged weedless or on a jighead. I personally like to rig this lure on the Owner Twistlock Hooks in the 1/8 oz, 4/0 size.

After using this lure for a couple months, I wanted to give you my unbiased opinion of it.

In this review, I show you my top pros for the Z-Man RaZor ShadZ. I also show you the best rigging tips and what this lure looks like underwater in a video review in the article.

Note: All our reviews are independent and objective. We are not affiliated with Z-Man in any way and welcome your honest feedback on what you think about this lure. 

Z-Man RaZor ShadZ Specs

Z-Man RaZor ShadZ Specs

The Z-Man RaZor ShadZ is 4.5″ long and comes in a pack of four.

Each pack of lures is about $4-10 depending on where you buy them from. You can see the Z-Man RaZor ShadZ on Amazon here.

There are 11 different color combinations for the Z-Man RaZor ShadZ.

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Top Pros Of The Z-Man RaZor ShadZ

Pros of The Z-Man RaZor ShadZ

In this section, I go over my top pros for the Z-Man RaZor ShadZ, which are:

1. Good Action

The design of the segmented tail on the Z-Man RaZor ShadZ gives the lure some extra kick and movement when it is being retrieved in the water. The forked end and segmented tail really allow the lure to swing back and forth more so than other lures that are of similar design.

2. Durability

The Z-Man RaZor ShadZ is made out of the same  ElaZtech material that all Z-Man lures are made out of. This material is extremely durable and stretchy, which allows these lures to be used multiple times without breaking down. They’ll also hold up well against pinfish and pufferfish that love to eat and ruin soft plastic lures.

3. Upright Position

The Z-Man RaZor ShadZ floats when it’s rigged without a weight, which gives it an advantage to soft plastic lures that sink. When rigged on a weighted hook, the lure will be taken down to the bottom but will sit upright in a resting, natural-looking position. Fish love the way this lure can be presented to them and will usually strike it just after it’s been twitched from that bottom resting position.

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Z-Man RaZor ShadZ Video Review

In this video, I give you my full review of the Z-Man RaZor ShadZ. I also show you the best way to rig this lure and what it looks like to fish in an underwater demo.

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Conclusion

Z-Man RaZor ShadZ Pack

This a unique soft plastic lure that has some added benefits. It has been a great lure for me to target redfish with and is strong and durable.

While this lure is not perfect and won’t work in every inshore fishing situation, it is also very versatile.

Remember, all our reviews are unbiased and independent. If you’ve used this lure, tell us what you thought of it!

If you have any questions about this review or lure, let us know in the comments section!

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Eric Lhopitault
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Great review Tony! How wouldn’t you say they compare to their jerk shadZ?

Justin Alderman
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The pearl white on a Mustad Grip Pin 6/0 unweighted has caught me many a snook. Think of it as the poor man’s XRap 10.

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Love the action on these and how they rest on the bottom. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks Tony for the great review!

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Love the action on these and how they rest on the bottom. I can’t wait to try them. Thanks Tony for the great review!

Pablo Diaz
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Great Video – very helpful

John Martin Martin
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Hi Tony
Have many many pack of soft baits bought at fishing flee markets. All work for you because you have 2 great skills earned by years of practice : totally accurate casting skills . 2 you can find fish when most can not yet.
Balloon casts often hinter my accuracy , but finder fish watching birds and boils and wind help greatly.
Love my new Expandacraft craft fishing rig. Can go anywhere so far. Inexpensive sold in Tampa and totally stable. Won’t tip.
Good Job Tony
John

Roy Noblin
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you make rigging the owner hook look so easy but i still have 10 thumbs and find it real hard to do.. can i just leave the hook in and put back in the package?

Eric Lhopitault
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Hey Roy I’ve been using Zman products for a year an a half now. I can catch 25 fish with the same lure in a day so by the end of the day it’s usually trashed but if by any chance that lure is still ok I just leave it on the hook, rinse well with fresh water and when I go back fishing even a week later I add some pro cure and it’s like brand new. These Zman are the best quality/price on the market when you compare how many fish you’ll catch with each of them.

Roy Noblin
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thanks for the reply’s- i have some pro cure i’ve had for about two years but seldom use artificial so it has set in the boat. does pro cure go bad after awhile as i was catching lady fish today on a paddle tail and thought maybe a little mullet smell would get reds or trout interested but even the lady fish shut down

Eric Lhopitault
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Hey Roy mine has been in the kayak for about a year and still catch some fish with, I don’t think it goes bad. I dont think The pro cure is a determining factor in the bite, it may help the fish keeping it a little longer in his mouth.

Michael Bellet
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Regarding another lure, I saw pictures of the Hogy 3-1/2″ Protail Paddles. They look really good. Could you do a review of this lure ?

Gregory Ramko
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Great revue Tony. I have those baits,bu haven’t used them yet. Now I want to go try them.

Gary Rankel
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Good stuff, Tony…..I like the RaZor ShadZ as well, but prefer using it with a weighted worm hook. As C.A. noted in a video sometime ago, the weight easily slides through the elaztech material, and the eye of the hook can be embedded right into the front of the lure, making it even more weedless. I like using it as a semi-surface walk the dog lure when the floating weeds are bad.

Mike…..I’ve found that the super soft elaztech material allows for much better hookups than other soft plastics when fished weedless.

RICHARD FIORENTINO
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forgot to ask – what colors have you had success with? Thanks

RICHARD FIORENTINO
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Tony – A general Question; I am older and am reluctant to try different lures when on the water because I have trouble tying on new leaders when necessary. I bring plenty of different soft plastics, but usually try only 1 or 2. Do you have any experience or thoughts on using a clip at the end of my leader? It , of course, would make it easier to change baits. Is it worth it to have the clip if it allows you to try different lures, or is the clip impeding the strikes enough to counteract this? I would really appreciate an answer from you and possibly the other experts. Thanks

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I’ve tried the clips and they work fine but I just feel like less is more and end up doing away with them. If you have trouble tying the knots then give them a go. I’ve still caught fish on them. The only time I will use them now is if I can’t get any strikes and run through a ton of different lures trying to see what they want. Once I figure it out however, I tie direct.

Gregory Batchelor
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Good Job Tony!

RICHARD FIORENTINO
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Thanks for Video Tony- Do you prefer this Zman over the Gulp jerk Shad. I appreciate all these reviews, but I have a shelf full of soft plastics already

MICHAEL Drozdowski
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Looks like a bait I’d like to try. However, it sounds crazy, but I’ve never had a whole lot of luck with weedless hooks and prefer jigheads. So what size jighead would be appropriate for these baits? I’m thinking maybe the 1/8 oz size? Smaller – 1/16 oz?