Multi-species micro baits combine toughness with next-level action

Z-Man® strengthens its ingenious Micro Finesse™ system with a trio of new products

When was the last time you caught 50, 100 or more fish, all on a single panfish-sized soft bait?

Chances are, if you’ve ventured into casting Z-Man’s lovely Micro Finesse™ baits, you’ve set your sights on similar rewards from the start; that a single Shad FryZ™, Tiny TicklerZ™ or Micro TRD™ fools hatcheries full of Crappie, Perch, Sunfish, Trout, even Bass, all without sustaining injury or sacrificing their energetic little ElaZtech® tails.

You learned that bait smoothness, action, and durability are far from standalone talents; that Micro Finesse baits get their underwater power and ever-vibrating action from the material itself: softer, livelier and somehow tougher than any panfish-sized bait I’ve ever caught.

You may have also discovered that the natural buoyancy of Micro Finesse baits results in a slower sink; has allowed you to tie heavier sinker heads for longer casts while retaining that seductively leisurely drop speed. This same buoyancy makes ElaZtech baits float naturally, horizontally at rest. On the bottom, Micro Finesse soft lures pull up and tails flail with ease at any fish in the neighborhood.almost as if the baits they fish themselves.

This year, to further reward his expanding multi-species fanbase and to satisfy new angling niches every day, Z-Man has upgraded his ingenious Micro Finesse system with a trifecta of specialty baits and jig heads:

2” baby basketball™ – Just the right size and shape to match baby tarpon and other natural crappie/panfish forage, the Baby BallerZ is powered by a hydrodynamic pyramid tail section that responds to the slightest movement of the rod. Its “wrecking ball” tail swings, bumps and undulates on the drop, or creates a subtle swimming action on slow, straight retrieves. The versatile profile is perfect for flipping, dipping, casting, or shooting boat docks. By displacing more water and emitting additional air bubbles, the Baby BallerZ paints a vivid picture on live sonar displays.

Enhancing its naturally soft ElaZtech texture, Baby BallerZ’s fine, ribbed body increases bite retention. ’10X Tough’ construction produces unmatched durability with malleability and buoyancy in abundance. Designed to pair perfectly with Micro Shad HeadZ Jig Heads. Ten vibrant colors match clean and dirty water, including powerful glow-in-the-dark patterns. MSRP $4.99 for 8-pack.

New Z-Man Micro Finesse 2″ Baby BallerZ.

1.75” Micro GOAT™ – A wonderfully versatile panfish catching profile, the Micro GOAT has thin, flat double legs finished with water-catching curved paddle tails that pulsate and swim tirelessly at any retrieve speed, even during the drop. The ribbed body of the Micro GOAT amplifies water displacement and air bubble emissions for excess vibration and visual appeal.

The micro creature’s extra soft ElaZtech texture promotes effortless swimming and pounding action. While this same 10X Tough material resists tail bites from smaller pesky fish. The natural buoyancy of the material also allows the Micro GOAT to float in a realistic horizontal posture, especially effective under a coil. (TIP: Add a Crappie Minnow to show the fish a mouth-watering three-headed monster.)

A top bait for casting, drifting and trolling, the Micro GOAT can be rigged flat (think micro crawfish) or vertically, for faster swim lure-style retrieves: scissor kicks with twin legs and attraction of boats filled with crappie, perch, trout and other panfish. Compatible with Micro Finesse ShroomZ™ or Micro Shad HeadZ™ jig heads. Ten vibrant colors include powerful glow-in-the-dark patterns. MSRP $4.99 for 8-pack.

New Z-Man 1.75″ Micro GOAT.

Micro ShadZ Head™ – Featuring a hydrocontoured minnow-shaped jig head, the Micro Shad HeadZ is made to match Z-Man Micro Finesse baits. Rigged with a lightweight wire needle point black nickel hook, the Micro Shad HeadZ sets firmly on ElaZtech soft plastics, thanks to a hybrid molded split grip and wire tow clip. 3D spherical eyes add to the visual appeal. Offered in 1/32-(#6), 1/16-(#4), 1/8-(#4), and 3/16-ounce (#2) sizes in colors Splinter-Resistant Brilliant Pink, Brilliant White, Black and Chartreuse.

New Z-Man Micro Shad HeadZ.

Even if you’ve spent your entire life casting conventional soft plastics, you can’t fully prepare yourself for the delicious perks of Micro Finesse, or its seemingly alien soft bait formula that extends reality to fish-catching extremes.

Experience the full spectrum of Z-Man Micro Finesse baits, including Micro TRD™, Tiny TicklerZ™, StingerZ™, Shad FryZ™, LarvaZ™, and the new Baby BallerZ, Micro GOAT, and Micro Shad HeadZ at the On the Water event of ICAST, on Tuesday, July 11. Or visit us at ICAST Booth #4808 to take a look at this category defining series of soft, durable, ever-alive panfish baits. The new Z-Man Micro Finesse baits and jigheads will be available from October. Pioneering the development and formulation of ElaZtech, Z-Man offers the only next-generation superplastics designed, perfected, and manufactured in the USA.

About Z-Man Fishing Products: A dynamic company based in Charleston, South Carolina, Z-Man Fishing Products has been fusing cutting-edge fishing tackle with technology for nearly three decades. Z-Man has long been one of the industry’s largest suppliers of silicone skirt material used in jigs, spinnerbaits, and other lures. Creator of the original ChatterBait®, Z-Man is also the renowned innovator of 10X Tough ElaZtech® soft baits, among the most sought after baits in freshwater and saltwater. Z-Man is one of the fastest growing lure brands in the world.