Man, the fishing has been downright tough for me lately. It rained for pretty much three months straight this winter and all the sudden, it stopped and turned 85 degrees. It looks like we're not really going to get a true spring season. While I certainly love this warm weather, it has made finding quality bass pretty difficult. The bigger, bulkier presentations just simply aren't working for me.
This has led me to throw the Z-Man Weedless Power Finesse ShroomZ Jighead a lot lately. While it may look dainty, its construction and ability to catch big bass is certainly nothing to scoff at. This is my favorite Ned rig jighead by far and I have a bunch of confidence in its ability to catch fish and stay snag-free. I'll quickly go over my favorite aspects of it.
Keeps your baits in place
A problem I've had with several other Ned rig jigheads has been their inability to hold my baits in place. I'm a big-time dock skipper and after just one or two docks, many other jigheads will allow your bait to slide down the shank of the hook. After 20 or 30 minutes of constantly readjusting them, the bait becomes wallowed out and ruined.
I'm happy to say, however, that the Z-Man Weedless Power Finesse ShroomZ Jighead doesn't allow that to happen. It has a very effective bait keeper roughly halfway down the shank that keeps my baits in place all day long. I can skip docks for an entire day and never have to readjust my bait, which results in major efficiency.
Adjustable dual-strand weed guard
Simply put, you're not going to get hung up very much with this jighead. I was a little skeptical at first because heck, the whole point of a Ned rig is having an exposed hook point. I kind of got used to getting snagged with this particular technique.
I'm telling you, though, you'll rarely get snagged with this jighead. Cross braces on docks, laydowns, rocks, whatever; there's a high probability that the Z-Man Weedless Power Finesse ShroomZ Jighead is going to come through it unscathed. Again, this is a big deal when it comes to being an efficient angler.
The weed guards are also adjustable. That may not seem like a very big deal, but I really like it when I'm threading my bait onto the hook. I can move them completely out of the way for uninhibited rigging.
Super sharp hook point
I can already tell you that you're going to catch a bunch of bass with this jighead. You'll also very seldom lose a fish. That's because these hooks are super sharp and tend to stay sharp for a very long time.
While this is a finesse deal, the hook gap is still big enough for larger fish. I've used a lot of Ned rig jigheads that have a real problem hooking and holding onto anything larger than a 2-pound bass. You certainly won't have that problem with this one.
Available in a range of sizes
You're not beholden to just one size with this jighead. You can get 'em in 1/10-, 1/6- and 1/5-ounce at Tackle Warehouse. My particular favorites are the 1/6- and 1/5-ounce because they're a bit easier to cast than the 1/10-ounce. You can put these dudes on a medium-action spinning rod and 6- or 8-pound test and put 'em just about anywhere you need to without any castability issues.
When all else fails, they'll bite a small plastic on this jighead. This has turned into my "Oh, crap - I need to catch a fish" option and it very rarely fails me. At $5.99 per pack, it's hard to go wrong with this fish catcher.