Z-Man Trout Trick Review (Pros, Cons, & On The Water Footage)


Thinking about getting the Z-Man Trout Trick?

I was recently out with a local guide filming some fishing tips and one of the lures that he loved using for trout and redfish was the Trout Trick.

We caught tons of fish on it that day, so I figured I’d do a review of it for you.

In this video, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about it, including:

  • how to rig it
  • the top pros and cons
  • why it works so well
  • and much more

We’ve also got some fun footage of us catching fish with it.

If you’re thinking about getting this lure, check out the video below.

P.S. We’re not affiliated with Z-Man or any other lure company, so you can be sure this review is 100% unbiased.

Z-Man Trout Trick Review [VIDEO]

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Z-Man Trout Trick Pros & Cons

There’s a lot to like about this lure, but it’s not perfect, so here are the pros and cons:


  • made of Z-Man’s durable Elaztech material
  • it’s buoyant, which lets it look like a baitfish feeding on the bottom
  • has great action


  • can be hard to rig

How To Rig The Z-Man Trout Trick

Although they’re hard to rig because of the Elaztech material, Z-Man makes great jig heads to compensate for that.

The Z-Man Trout Eye jig head has spikes that are great at holding the lure in place.

I specifically like the Trout Eye over the Redfish Eye because the Trout Eye’s shorter shank allows the lure to have more action.

The Z-Man Texas Eye jig head is also a great option to rig these lures.

How To Retrieve The Z-Man Trout Trick

Like many soft plastics, I like to retrieve these lures with a twitch-twitch-pause motion.

You can also continuously bounce them along the bottom, but I’ve noticed that giving the lure a pause will help you get more strikes.

As you can see in the video above, the redfish hit the lure on the pause.

As far as speed of retrieve goes, if the water is warm and the fish are aggressive, you can try to speed up the retrieve a little bit, but if the water is cold or very hot and the fish are lethargic, I’d slow down the retrieve.


z-man trout trick lure

If you’re looking for a new trout, redfish, and snook lure, you might want to try out Z-Man’s Trout Trick.

It’s got great action and is incredibly durable, plus, we’ve seen for ourselves that it catches lots of fish.

The only con we’ve really noticed is that it can be tough to rig on some jig heads or hooks, but if you have the right jig heads that won’t matter as much.

Have any questions about this lure?

Have you used it before?

Let me know in the comments below!

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6 months ago

***Buyer Beware***I recently purchased three packs of Z-Man Curly Tailz lures to try. Don’t waste your money as these baits will melt in your tackle box due to the high temperatures.

Luke Simonds
6 months ago
Reply to  Pellegrin

That issue only arises if the Zman material lures are stored with soft plastics from other brands. Here’s a lesson on that issue: https://www.saltstrong.com/articles/never-store-these-lures-together/

Blake Reese
3 years ago

Awesome video Wyatt!

Jake Lambert
3 years ago

Wyatt your describing a shaky head lure in the fresh water bass world. I love fishing shaky heads esp on stubborn bass. I will fish it very slow and let the worm do the work standing on it head. A lot of guys call it dead sticking. On the video you were working it pretty fast. Does slowing it down work for redfish like it does for bass?

Jeff chicola
3 years ago

The trout trick works well with bass rigged Texas style


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