Tips for rigging EZ ShrimpZ Inshore lures

April 8, 2017 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Fishing Tips,Lures

EZ ShimpZ

Fishing for inshore species often requires using shrimp for bait; Here are some tips for rigging EZ ShrimpZ inshore shrimp baits. 

You need to learnhow to make the bait behave naturally and when to use different rigs.

How shrimp act in nature

  • Shrimp swim forward in a slow smooth motion using the ends of their tails to move them along
  • They live on the bottom and walk along the bottom looking for food.
  • When in danger they flee backwards by bending the tail section quickly. The motion is quick, jerky and erratic
  • They are carried by the current and keep trying to get back to the bottom

There are several ways to rig EZ ShrimpZ to mimic the various actions

Pre-Rigged EZ ShrimpZ

The the EZ ShrimpZ has a custom designed weighted 2/0 Mustad® UltraPoint® hook with a keel weight making it weigh 3/16 oz.. The gives it a slow level horizontal sinking on a slack line. It mimics shrimp off the bottom being pushed by the tides and currents and trying to regain the bottom.

Use it in areas where the current is strong. It should be fished slowly and smoothly as it is trying to swim forward and get to the bottom. Cast it up current at a 45 degree angle and let it fall toward the bottom as the current moves it along. Use slow swimming motions to raise the shrimp and let it fall back.

You may fish it under a cork with a long leader – 18-48 inches.Jerk the rod to make the cork pop, and the shrimp will slowly rise and fall.

EZ ShrimpZ Weedless Rig

. Rig with a 1/8 or 1/16 oz EZ KeeperZ™ hook in the 3/0 size, so that the sink rate of the EZ ShrimpZ is very slow—ideal for flats fishing. Best in shallow water, when fish are feeding on the bottom. You are mimicking a shrimp crawling or feeding on the bottom. Slow retiever with no sharp rod movements,

You can leave the shrimp sit on the bottom. The weighted hook will sit on the bottom and the body will raise up tail first. Light rod shakes will make the shrimp wiggle

Reverse Jighead Rig

A shrimp in danger flees tail first, so you can reverse rig the EZ ShrimpZ with a jighead.

The EZ ShrimpZ was designed so that when the tail is removed, the bait can be easily rigged using a size 4/0 HeadlockZ™ HD jighead as shown above.

. The split-keeper design of this jighead locks the solid tail of the bait in place securely when rigged in this manner, while the belly hook slot allows for easy hook sets when rigged in this manner.

This is used with a quick , hopping retrieve. Jerk the rod sharply to make the backwards motion, then let the shrimp fall to the bottom. This jig sinks quickly because the weight is at one end of the body.Can be used in shallow or deep water  by adjusting the weight so that the jig falls all the way to the bottom.


Forward Jighead Rig

The EZ ShrimpZ can also be rigged forward on a jighead for a faster fall in deeper water or in very swift current. Again, with the entire lead weight concentrated at one end of the body, the bait will fall more rapidly than the pre-rigged version.

The best jig head to use with this rig is the Trout Eye™ Jighead, which features the same 2/0 hook as the pre-rigged EZ ShrimpZ and is sized perfectly to mate with the EZ ShrimpZ for forward rigging.

This rig will fall rapidly to the bottom. It is best used to mimic shrimp feeding on the bottom. Allow it to sink to the bottom and slowly bounce the jig slowly. This mimics a shrimp crawling along the bottom.

Reading the Situation

In determining which rig to use, it is important to evaluate the conditions to determine how the target gamefish and forage are acting and reacting. Assessing factors like tidal flow, water depth, and clarity is essential, along with looking for signs of feeding fish and bait activity. If you know that both gamefish and shrimp are present, don’t be afraid to try different rigging methods to determine what will trigger bites. The design and versatility of the EZ ShrimpZ will allow you to offer up a variety of presentations until you figure out what the fish are looking for on a given day.