LADSON, SC – About twelve years prior to his prime five finish at the current Bassmaster Elite Collection party at the St. Lawrence River, skilled angler David Walker solid his initially ElaZtech® bait.
At the time, Walker and a selection of his colleagues seen the new content primarily as a fad, a bait craze that would not final. Turns out, with an increasing selection of victories to its credit history, the “alternative” softbaits may be a lot more analogous to significant-effectiveness superlines and the way anglers at the time seen them relative to monofilament.
“When I initially fished some of the early ElaZtech baits, I recall getting a hard time believing how smooth and still how long lasting they were being,” recollects Walker. “It took a little bit of experimenting with rigging, and seeking the various shapes and bait variations. But fairly considerably ideal absent I understood just how lethal these baits could be—particularly as a jig or swimbait trailer.”
For Walker and other anglers, even so, the big revelation occurred following early trials with a dropshot rig. “The a lot more you fish ElaZtech on a dropshot, the a lot more you respect just how considerably the baits elevate your sport. I indicate, you’re not intended to do items like capture over a hundred bass on a single softbait.”
Curiously, it was not till 2017 that Z-Man— the principal ElaZtech innovators— produced their initially dropshot-precise bait. A collaborative style by firm confidants, biologists and marketplace insiders, the Trick ShotZ exhibits numerous radical characteristics.
“We understood ElaZtech’s special characteristics would translate into a truly specific dropshot bait,” said Lonnie King, fishing writer and co-designer of the Trick ShotZ. “With ElaZtech, it was achievable to sculpt an extremely-refined profile—including a paddle tail, distinct ribs and a thin caudal peduncle— without any anxieties about fragility. The bait’s super smooth, slim anatomy would make it shift and articulate like mad. We also wished to pack the bait with salt, still keep buoyancy. The content by itself permitted us to do items with the Trick ShotZ that would have been unattainable with regular PVC.”
Not shockingly, Walker’s initial impressions of the bait were being dead on. “It’s virtually inconceivable that you can contact out the most attractive characteristics of a dropshot presentation and get them all in a single bait.”
Action – The most useful factor of a prosperous dropshot rig, bait motion is a immediate reflection of shape and the content by itself particularly, relative thickness and softness of the plastic. “It’s simple to get a big bait to shift underwater,” Walker observes. “But acquiring smaller, three or 4 inch baits that aren’t rigid, and these that articulate, wiggle and swim is truly exceptional.
“At the (late August) St. Lawrence party, I used a Z-Person Trick ShotZ and continuously marveled at how superbly it moved underwater. This bait shimmies and appears super lively. Smallmouth bass simply just can not say no to it it is like ElaZtech is their Kryptonite.”
Buoyancy – Unusual among the softbaits, buoyancy and flotation, like softness, really generates action. Due to the fact so couple of dropshot baits increase up and elevate the rig at relaxation, a lot of anglers don’t even acknowledge this highly effective assets. Professional angler Luke Clausen, even so, regarded this quality in ElaZtech baits, early on.
“Think of what your rig appears like with a sinking bait,” Clausen suggests. “Now look at it to a dropshot rig on which the bait rises up and stays in the strike zone all through each pause in the retrieve. The actuality baits like the Jerk ShadZ and Trick ShotZ sit nose down, tail up on a dropshot rig—actually making an attempt to float the hook—give your dropshot an unbelievable fluid, flowing motion as it moves throughout the rocks. You just get so considerably a lot more action out of these baits buoyancy and softness really perform together to clearly show bass a thing fully lifelike, special. In my knowledge with big smallmouths, almost nothing beats it.”
Mark Daniels Jr., who received the July Bassmaster Elite Collection tourney at Lake Oahe, says bait buoyancy really imparts a lot more action with nominal rod motion. “Each time I stop twitching the rod suggestion or halt my retrieve and give slack line, the bait floats up and stays significant in the water column. So, it is going all the time. With latest, ElaZtech baits shift even a lot more they are triggering bites virtually nonstop.”
Toughness – An additional unheard-of attribute among the regular dropshot baits, ElaZtech offerings these types of as the Trick ShotZ, Jerk ShadZ and Finesse WormZ boast resiliency that is almost unattainable to understand, given these baits’ smooth, pliable texture. “When you squish an ElaZtech bait between your fingers, or pinch it with pliers, or extend it to 10 instances its duration, it doesn’t make perception when it springs ideal again to its initial shape. But that is section of the material’s magic,” Walker observes.
“This exact toughness gets to be a big edge on the water. At the St. Lawrence match, due to the intense conditions—current, depth, rocks, and frequently pecking gobies—many guys were being dragging vacant hooks on their drifts. But I could frivolously nose-hook a Trick ShotZ or a Finesse TRD and fish with overall self-assurance, knowing the gobies could not rip the bait off the hook.”
Walker provides that the resiliency of the content even permits him to wacky-rig baits like the ZinkerZ without use of an O-ring. “I can pores and skin-hook the bait with a 1/ Neko hook and never ever have to fret about ripping it. That is a big time saver.”
Daniels Jr. tapped a equivalent trick to individual himself from a field of talented dropshotters on Lake Oahe. “When the chunk received tricky after a couple of times, I believe I was exhibiting the bass a thing a tiny different—a wacky-rigged Finesse WormZ (environmentally friendly pumpkin) on a dropshot with a dimension 1 Proprietor hook. The toughness of ElaZtech intended I could frivolously hook the bait via the egg sack and get a ton a lot more action out of it. Also, a lot of toothy walleyes retained biting the bait, but it was not a factor since they could not tear it up.”
Reward Things – Clausen, who will work dropshot rigs from the Columbia River, Washington all the way east to Wonderful Lakes, calls out the baits’ propensity to take in scent. “The sponge-like composition of ElaZtech can make it a best automobile for carrying oil-centered attractants,” he believes. “Scent is a big deal with smallmouths—and at instances, for largemouths, too. I like to squeeze a tiny Professional-Overcome into bait luggage prior to hitting the water. Even after three or 4 several hours of fishing, I can however scent the scent on the bait.”
Clausen sums up the electrical power of the so-termed “alternative” bait content: “ElaZtech is the greatest present to dropshot anglers since the rig was invented.”
The write-up Exploring the Dominance of the Dropshot appeared initially on Fishing Tackle Retailer.