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Z-Man Palmetto Bugz Review

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ThePalmetto Bugz is a fan favorite. Streamlined appendages along with a floating profile and ElaZtech durability make the Z-Man Palmetto Bugz a truly brilliant pitching/flipping bait. This is our Z-Man Palmetto Bugz review.

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4
inches
Creature
Streamlined appendages helps this bait slip through cover to the bottom very effectively
It floats thanks to Zman's Elaztech material. This makes it stand out on the bottom catching the attention of fish

The verdict based on real customer feedback:

Reasons to buy

  • Incredibly durable. Users say that thanks to Zman's ElaZtech material, you can catch 6-10 fish before you need to replace your lure. This of course saves time and money
  • Stands up nicely on the bottom thanks to floating ElaZtech material. This draws attention to the bait and actually allows you to present the bait in the strike zone for longer. Many anglers have said that this had made it very effective when trying to catch pressured fish as it has provided them an efficient way to slow down their presentation
  • Epic bait for a Texas rig and a Tokyo rig!
  • Punches through cover very effectively thanks to streamlined appendages
  • Very soft feel to this bait
  • A simple but comprehensive set of color options for all water clarities
  • Great value for money thanks to the incredible durability of ElaZtech

Reasons not to buy

  • Some anglers have said that Palmetto Bugz are fairly heat sensitive so don't leave your bag in the sun!
  • Appendages can kink if they are not stored properly

Bottom line

This bait has really risen to popularity in recent times and is starting to win some tournament's, even at the professional level. Palmetto Bugz offer everything you want from a pitching bait with the added benefits of a unique, floating action when sitting at the bottom and truly incredible durability. There is a lot to be said for a bait that will catch over 5 fish without any real damage, you save money and time allowing you to make more casts and ultimately catch more fish.

The fact that this bait floats at the bottom is also very powerful. Most people moving down a bank are throwing plastics that will sit down in the cover when not being moved. The Palmetto Bugz sits up above the sinker, making it stand out above the bottom cover. This allows you to fish the bait a lot slower as you do not need to make big movement to make your bait visible to fish. Many anglers credit this unique action for the bait's effectiveness in catching pressured bass that need something different to entice a strike.

Overall, if you are someone who spends a lot of time pitching/flipping, you should really give this bait a go. It is something different that has worked for many anglers so far and may just work for you.

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About the brand

For more than 30 years, Z-Man has prided itself on bringing technology to anglers. Z-Man's cutting edge 10X Tough ElaZtech soft plastics and ChatterBait brand bladed jigs are among the world's premier fresh and saltwater baits - positioning themselves as one of the fastest growing lure brands in the United States.

Their Tough ElaZtech soft plastic material is remarkably soft and pliable, and has gained an immense reputation for having some of the most durable soft plastic baits in the industry. With this, the unique material is also naturally buoyant and floats up off the bottom, creating a more lifelike and attractive action for any bass or gamefish. One other huge benefit of Z-Man's baits, is that they contain no PVC, plastisol or phthalates, and are non-toxic. This means using these baits will have no impact on the ecosystem.

Z-Man continues to work with leading Bass Elite and FLW Tour anglers to develop the most innovative and eye-catching soft plastics on the market.

Some of Z-Man's most popular soft baits for bass:

A few professionals that Z-Man work with:

  • Seth Feider
  • Brian Latimer
  • David Walker

Frequently asked questions about this lure

What hook size should I use for Palmetto Bugz?

The most commonly used hook for the Palmetto Bugz is a 4/0 straight shank flipping hook.

Does the Palmetto Bugz float?

It does indeed!

That is one of the factors that makes this lure so effective as a pitching presentation. The Palmetto Bugz stands up off the bottom, drawing attention from fish even on muddy/dense cover bottoms.

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