Zman MinnowZ Product Review Video [Top 3 Pros & Cons]
By: Luke Simonds on May 16, 2018
Have you tried the Zman MinnowZ lures yet?
This post will show you what I’ve found to be the top 3 pros and cons of Zman’s 3-inch “MinnowZ” soft plastic tails after a few months of trying them out.
And if you have used these MinnowZ lures too, then please add your thoughts (good or bad) in the Comments section at the bottom so that others can learn from your experiences.
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Here are the topics that we’ll cover in this post:
- When To Use Zman MinnowZ Lures
- Zman MinnowZ Review Video
- Top 3 Pros & Cons
- How To Rig Zman MinnowZ Lures
- How To Retrieve Zman MinnowZ Lures
So let’s get started.
When To Use Zman MinnowZ Lures
The Zman MinnowZ is a 3″ soft plastic bait that can be rigged on a multitude of different jig heads and hooks. It is designed to mimic a small baitfish, so it can be used to catch a very large variety of fish.
The paddle tail design enables this lure to be used in pretty much all types of environments, depths, & speeds.
I have been testing them out for the past few months in inshore saltwater environments and have caught a bunch of different species including:
- Spotted Seatrout
- Mangrove Snapper
- Spanish Mackerel
I haven’t yet tried them in fresh water, but I am sure that bass will readily eat them too.
So far, I have been pleased with these baits, but there are certainly some cons that I’ve noticed along the way that I’ll descrive in the video below.
Zman MinnowZ Review Video
Here’s a quick video that I put together to explain the top pros and cons that I’ve found for these Zman MinnowZ lures… click the image below to watch the video.
MinnowZ Pros & Cons
Here is a quick list of the top 3 pros and cons that I’ve found for these Zman MinnosZ lures. If you have any others that you’d like to add, please share them with everyone using the Comments section at the bottom of this page.
Top 3 Pros
- Very strong: many fish can be caught on each lure
- Good action in the water: they can attract strikes
- Great packaging: each bait arrives to you in good order
Top 3 Cons
- Tough to rig: the strong material makes rigging tough (rigging tutorial video below)
- Lightweight: they don’t cast quite as far as other soft plastics the same size
- Must be stored separately: the Zman baits cannot be stored in the same compartment as other soft plastics
- They have a reaction to traditional oil-based soft plastics
How To Rig Zman MinnowZ Lures
The video below shows how to rig these Zman MinnowZ lures.
The general process is the same as other soft plastics, but unique “ElaZtch” material that they make these baits from requires some added steps as shown starting at the 3:41 mark of this video:
How To Retrieve Zman MinnowZ Lures
The primary benefit of these paddle tail style soft plastics is that they provide their own action in the water (the tail moving back and forth), so the angler does not have to do a fancy retrieve.
These lures can catch fish simply by casting them out and reeling the line back in.
But to maximize results, it’s often smart to give it some type of unique motion in many cases.
CLICK HERE to see a detailed tutorial showing the top strategies and tactics for retrieving paddle tail lures (Insider Only).
These Zman MinnowZ lures have proven to be a great choice for rigging on jig heads given that they are extremely strong and durable relative to most other soft plastics.
The core challenge is the rigging aspect because if that’s not done properly, the results will likely be very disappointing.
So be sure to practice the rigging technique shown in the video above before your next trip so that you do not miss out on any valuable fishing time.
If you have used these MinnowZ lures, please let us know your thoughts on which jig heads you like best as well as what species of fish you target with them in the Comment section below.
And if you have not used these MinnowZ lures, click here to learn more about them on Zman’s website.
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