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