The Quick And Easy Way To Rig Z-Man Jerkbaits [Cool Trick]

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Wait until you see this cool trick to rig Z-Man soft plastics on weighted hooks!

If you’ve used soft plastics for saltwater fishing, then you know the #1 problem with using soft-plastic lures is that many of them quickly get ruined by the sharp mouths of many saltwater fish.

Of all the soft plastics out there that I’ve used so far, it seems as if the “ElaZtech” material used in Z-Man jerkbaits can withstand the most punishment without getting damaged.

I experimented with Z-Man lures years ago when I first learned about their durable lures, but I did not like them at the time because they proved to be difficult to rig due to their bouncy yet very strong material.

However, I have learned a cool trick that makes it as easy to rig Z-Man lures as the other brands with weaker material.

So scroll down to see a video showing the cool rigging trick and you’ll see how to rig a Z-Man

And you’ll also see a second “how to rig a Z-Man jerkbait” video that highlights a new weighted hook that Z-Man recently came up with to help their customers rig their lures.

Best of all, you’ll see the rigging steps that’ll enable you to effectively fish Z-Man jerkbaits in shallow water for redfish, snook, seatrout, tarpon, bass, and any other meat eater that feeds up in the shallows.

How to Rig A Z-Man Jerkbait

[Using Owner TwistLock Hooks]

 

Owner TwistLock hooks are one of the most popular of all weighted hooks because their unique centering pin allows us to more easily and effectively rig our soft plastics onto the hook.

But without the easy trick shown in the video below, Z-Man baits are very tough to rig on these popular hooks.

Steps For Rigging A Z-Man Jerkbait

  1. Create a groove through the center of the bait by poking the top with the point of the hook
  2. Once the grove is made, push the corkscrew through the top of the bait and twist
    until the entire corkscrew is buried into the plastic
  3. Find where the hook naturally goes through the bait
  4. Mark the natural spot where the hook will go through the bait with your thumb (or index finger)
  5. Push the hook through the bottom of the bait, up middle of the soft plastic, and push it
    out the top
  6. Make sure that the bait is in its natural shape (no curves or twists)
  7. Slide the small bait-stopper against the soft plastic to keep the hook in position
  8. If fishing heavy cover, slightly bury the hook point into the soft plastic

Rigging A Z-Man Jerkbait [VIDEO]

[Using Owner TwistLock Hooks]

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How to Rig A Z-Man Jerkbait 

[Using Z-Man EZKeeperz Hooks]

EZ Keeper hook

Since the unique texture of Z-Man soft plastic lures makes rigging more difficult (for those who don’t know the trick shown above), they created a new hook that significantly helps anglers rig Z-Man lures.

How To Rig Lure Onto Z-Man Hooks [EZ-Keeperz]

  1. Push the soft plastic as far up the sharp end of the “horseshoe” as possible
  2. Push up on the soft plastic and squeeze the horseshoe together
  3. Find where the hook naturally goes through the bait & mark it with your finger
  4. Push the hook through the bottom of the bait, up middle of the soft plastic, and push it
    out the top
  5. Slide the small bait-stopper against the soft plastic to keep the hook in position
  6. If fishing heavy cover, slightly bury the hook point into the soft plastic

Rigging A Z-Man Jerkbait [VIDEO]

[Using Z-Man EZKeeperz Hooks]

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Conclusion

By using either of these two methods, the act of rigging a Z-Man jerkbait can be just as easy (if not easier) than rigging other soft plastic lures with weaker material.

So if you were like me and turned away from Z-Man after some rigging frustration, I recommend giving them a shot again because their ability to withstand the sharp/rough mouths of our favorite saltwater species is extremely impressive.

For example, I was fishing down in the Keys recently with some friends for mangrove snapper on the flats and I caught over a dozen mangrove snapper and some trout on just one Z-Man bait while the others went through multiple packs of other baits.

If you want to see the EZ Keeper hook in action, here’s a link to a post showing some on-the-water footage… click here.

P.S. – If you’re in need of any help consistently catching more redfish, snook, seatrout, flounder, etc., then be sure to check out our Inshore Slammer course.

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Jennifer Rodriguez
6 months ago

Hey there quick question. Can this rig be used fishing off the skyway pier?

Sam Craparo
1 year ago

Thanks for the tip i have had difficulty using the owner swim bait hook on he Zman baits. You make it look so easy. Your tips have Been a blessing to this Salty Seniors citizen

Gary Wofford
1 year ago

Hi Luke,

Since these Z Man soft plastics are so hard to rig, have you thought of suggesting to the company to pre-rig them in the package on a hook or jig head? They can get it perfectly straight and will have a tool to drill a pilot hole in the end before impaling the plastic on the hook. Just a thought that might make it a lot easier to use, and being user friendly sells product. Or even better would be for them to use the hook in the manufacturing process and the bait would be molded right around the hook and part of it. That would not come off until the bait was totally ruined. Then, we could use the hook like we do now for a fresh bait. But the first bait would be very long lasting.

Richard Fiorentino
2 years ago

On the Rigging ZMAN steps, step 7 mentions sliding the small bait-stopper to keep the hook in position. Could you explain this ? Thanks

Richard Fiorentino
2 years ago

Because it is so tough to rig the ZMan, do you think it is ok to leave the twist lock hook in the ZMan for storage

Casey Riffle
2 years ago

I leave mine rigged and back in the bag. Just make sure you rinse it off with fresh water before sealing the bag back up.

Richard Fiorentino
2 years ago
Reply to  Casey Riffle

Thanks Casey

Nick Nemeth
3 years ago

Thank you for redirecting me to this helpful video Luke. I was getting very frustrated with the Owner twist locks combined with the Z-man lures that I love.

Darrel Kopsa
3 years ago

Thanks for the tip. It is a simple fix and I can’t believe I didn’t try that mysel. Sometimes frustration just makes the thought process shut down. Just getting older.

Pamela Garringer
3 years ago

ABSOLUTELY GREAT info…..so great to have you guys to help with ANY situation I find myself in….INSIDER is the ONLY way to go….I have lived on saltwater for over 55 years and your Saltstrong site is AMAZING to say the least……keep it coming boys……

Richard Fiorentino
3 years ago

Luke – FYI – Saw this review on Bass Pro web site

Don’t buy! Don’t buy! The keeper does not work. Back to the drawing board ZMan engineers. You constantly have to re-rig the keeper. I love the plastic ball keeper on the hook shank. I wish more hook manufacturers would add this feature to their hooks. It helps keep the bait up flush the the barb. ZMan baits are notorious for falling down the hook shank and need to be pushed back up.

Richard Devereaux
3 years ago

Watch “Rigging the Z-Man Trout Trick”
YouTube Z-Man Fishing TV C.A. Richardson 6/13/2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18k6wFGk-Ak

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