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ICAST 2019 Coverage


Z-Man is Ready for Some Football!


Date: 7/9/19
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Z-Man
Reviewer: Cal

Z-Man is a company always prepared for the fishing industries largest trade show. This year was no different as the company extended their investment in two specialized techniques and expanded their offering in another.


Luke Clausen knows what's up with Z-Man


TRD BugZ: In case you hadn't noticed, the Ned Rig has taken the bass fishing world by storm. Combining aspects of shakey head fishing together with jig and soft plastic cigar baits all in a more finesse profile the diminutive baits and terminal tackle are popping up everywhere. Z-Man helped define this space and this year are extending that reach with the TRD BugZ, a two and three quarter inch (2.75") creature bait that will be available in eighteen different colors and offered in packs of 8 for $4.49. the TRD BugZ will be made from the same ElaZtech material as all Z-Man's soft plastic baits.


The TRD BugZ will be made from the same ElaZtech material as all Z-Man's soft plastic baits


Chatterbait Freedom CFL Football: Of all the different head designs for jigs, you knew it was only a matter of time before we saw a vibrating jig with a football head design, right? Z-Man has taken care of that void with their new Chatterbait Freedom CFL, a collaboration between Z-Man Fishing and Freedom Tackle, Inc.. The bait's head is actually lead-free and made of zinc creating a unique sound as the ChatterBlade strikes the head during your retrieve. This new Chatterbait will be built using Freedom Tackle's free swinging hook attachment with a heavy duty VMC flipping hook. This attachment even allows you to make hook changes if you desire. It will be offered in 3/8, 1/2 and 3/4 ounce sizes, six different colors, and retail for $9.99.

Are you ready for a football head Chatterbait?

DieZel MinnowZ: Originally only offered in a four inch (4") size, Z-Man's DieZel MinnowZ gets two new sizes for 2020, a five and seven inch (5 & 7"). Both are built with the same baitfish profile and dorsal fin detailing as the original and should appeal to larger fish and other species including those in saltwater. The DieZel MinnowZ is designed to be fished at both slow and fast speeds and pairs perfectly with the company's HeadkockZ or ChinlockZ jigheads (6/0 for the 5", 8/0 for the 7"). They will be available in fourteen (14) different colors and retail for $4.49 to $6.99 per pack.

The DieZel MinnowZ is now available in a 5 and 7 inch size

Conclusion: I'm most intrigued by how the Freedom CFL Football Chatterbait handles in the water but also can rarely resist a new paddletail swimbait product to check out. Z-Man continues to offer product to tempt not just the fish we pursue, but us as anglers and consumers as well. We look forward to delving a bit deeper in the coming year.









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