ABOUT PROJECT Z
Project Z features three of the biggest names in professional bass fishing—2004 Forrest Wood Cup and 2006 Bassmaster Classic champion, Luke Clausen, along with perennial Bassmaster Elite Series standouts, David Walker and Stephen Browning, both of whom will compete in the upcoming Bassmaster Classic with an eye on winning their first championship. The pros will participate in three challenges that will put their decision-making and bass fishing skills to the test. The main focus of the series is the process by which each competitor goes about completing the challenges. Offering valuable tips for other anglers, the stars break down their decision-making on why, how, and where they are fishing with the Z-Man baits that they have selected. Personalities of each pro will be highlighted through interactions with one another, both on and off the water. Throughout the Webisodes, the Project Z body of water—Alabama’s Lake Guntersville—will emerge as an additional character as the anglers determine the best approach to interact with it in their pursuits. As the anglers break down all 69,000 acres of Lake Guntersville in only 15 hours, the series will offer a sneak peek into what to expect during the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. A must-watch for bass anglers of all skill levels, take a deeper look into the science an art of bass fishing with Z-Man's Project Z!
ABOUT Z-MAN FISHING PRODUCTS
A bold, dynamic, Charleston, SC-based company, Z-Man Fishing Products has prided itself in bringing technology to anglers for over 25 years. Z-Man has long been one of the industry’s largest suppliers of silicone skirt material. But, even though the company’s Original ChatterBait® was creating stir on the major bass circuits, only a handful of pros associated Z-Man with this tournament-winning lure. Today, however, all that is changing. Every day, Z-Man’s amazing 10X Tough ElaZtech® soft plastics are gaining momentum among the world’s premier fresh- and saltwater baits, helping make them the fastest-growing lure brand in America.
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LUKE CLAUSENZ-Man's most decorated and versatile bass pro, Luke Clausen is one of only five bass anglers to have won both the Bassmaster Classic (2006, Lake Toho) and the Forrest Wood Cup (2004, Lake Logan Martin). A Spokane, WA native, Luke is fishing the FLW Tour in 2014 and has his sights set on another run at the Forrest Wood Cup on South Carolina's Lake Murray. While a lighthearted prankster of sorts off the water, Luke's all business once a rod's in his hands, as evidenced by his 2011 FLW Tour Open win on the Potomac River and Top-10 finishes in the last two Forrest Wood Cups, all while using a variety of Z-Man baits.
DAVID WALKERDubbed 'Mr. Consistency' by his fans and peers, Sevierville, TN native David Walker is a 10-time Forrest Wood Cup and nine-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier. A power bass fisherman known for his exceptional pitching, flipping and punching skills, David has been a standout two-Tour pro for over 25 years. A past B.A.S.S. Elite Series champ (2011, Lake Wheeler), David finishes in the money an astonishing 70 percent of the time that he takes to the water, on each occasion armed with an array of Z-Man creatures and power finesse baits.
STEPHEN BROWNINGHaving amassed two championship and 28 Top-10 finishes in the 209 B.A.S.S. tournaments he's fished, Stephen Browning is a self-professed river rat who's both admired and feared for his shallow-water bass fishing prowess. A native of Hot Springs, AR, Stephen has qualified for the Bassmaster Classic nine times and recently took home top honors at the 2013 Bassmaster Central Open as he cracked the Red River code with one of his top go-to lures, The Original ChatterBait.
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One of the premier bass fisheries in the country and host to some of the most memorable past B.A.S.S. and FLW fishing tournaments, Lake Guntersville is considered to be in most anglers' top 10 lakes to wet a line in. Located in northeast Alabama, the reservoir spans 69,000 acres and stretches over 75 miles along the Tennessee River. Known as a big-bass haven due to its abundance of vegetation and plentiful river ledges, there are several ways to catch fish on the reservoir year round utilizing both deep- and shallow-water techniques. One thing's for sure: As far as bass fishing is concerned, you can't get much better than Lake Guntersville.
The 2014 Bassmaster Classic will be held on Guntersville, bringing in the nation's top professional bass fisherman to compete for one of the world's most prestigious bass fishing championships. Find out how Z-Man pro anglers Stephen Browning, Luke Clausen, and David Walker break down the entire lake in just 15 hours of fishing time. Learn what baits and techniques are most productive during wintertime conditions where both water and air temps remain constant in the low 40s.
The Original ChatterBait®Time and again, heavy-cover, stained-water anglers rely on The Original ChatterBait brand bladed swim jig to help fill livewells and cash tournament checks. This groundbreaking lure's patented design and trademarked hex-shaped blade combine to produce unmatched vibration, flash, and action, enabling to perform like a crankbait, jig and spinnerbait--all in one fish-slaying package.
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ChatterBait® EliteBuilding upon the Original ChatterBait brand bladed swim jig’s leadership position in tackle boxes— and on bass circuits—the country over, we’re proud to introduce the new ChatterBait Elite model. Built upon our patented, bladed swim jig design, it sports a 5/0 Gamakatsu® hook, new EZ Skirt® jig skirt with low-profile hub, and custom head paint schemes and blade finishes for precise skirt matching. Top the Elite off with a molded-in trailer keeper that prevents soft plastics from sliding and a strengthened head-to-blade connection, and the result is an upgraded lure that’s even more irresistible to fish—and essential to fishermen.>> More Info.
DieZel MinnowZ™Unparalleled softness, action, and ElaZtech® durability merge to create the most bulletproof swimbait on the market. Inspired by Z-Man's renowned three-inch MinnowZ™, freshwater and inshore anglers alike with find the DieZel MinnowZ's hook slot provides easy rigging and problem-free hooksets, while its dorsal fin doubles as a hook point pocket, increasing weedlessness. Bassheads can present it on umbrella rigs, as swim jig or ChatterBait® trailer, or solo as a swimbait, while inshore fanatics can rig it on a Z-Man 4/0 JigheadZ™ for a lifelike baitfish presentation. >> More Info.
MinnowZ™Z-Man's top-selling bait worldwide, MinnowZ replicate the look, action and strike-evoking attraction of a live minnow better than any soft bait on the market. Whether chasing bass, flounder, sea trout, snook, or reds, this bite-sized paddle tail swimbait will quickly become one of the most productive and versatile baits in your arsenal. >> More Info.
Scented PaddlerZ™A segmented body and thin paddle tail allow the PaddlerZ to be fished as twitch-, wake-, or swimbaits, on both fast and slow retrieve speeds. Perfect whether paired with a JigheadZ™ or a weighted swimbait hook, the PaddlerZ are ideal for inshore saltwater applications on either coast due to their subtle tail movement and wobble and scent impregnation. For freshwater anglers, the PaddlerZ are great for topwater applications like buzzing through the grass and are perfect swim jig or umbrella rig trailers. >> More Info.
Flappin CrawZ™Superb as jig trailers or fished Texas style, Flappin CrawZ produce an enticing action and vibration, both on the fall and retrieve. At rest, their claws float up off the bottom to realistically mimic a crawfish's natural defensive position. These versatile, heavy cover baits are ready for battle in the harshest conditions. >> More Info.
Turbo CrawZ™Adaptive, versatile fishermen will find the Turbo CrawZ to be the ultimate swim jig or ChatterBait trailer, as well as a deadly soft plastic companion whether Texas rigging, Carolina rigging, flipping, or buzzing the top. Incredibly durable and lifelike, the bait's specially designed Turbo ClawZ thump at even the slightest rod movement or reel crank. As important, Z-Man's super buoyant ElaZtech® material allows the ClawZ to rise up off the bottom in a natural defensive posture. >> More Info.
ChunkZ™Featuring naturally buoyant claws that flutter provocatively on the fall, ChunkZ have become the jig trailer of choice for tournament pros the country over. They'll turn any ordinary bass jig into the perfect stand-up jig, enticing strikes when other jig trailers fall short. >> More Info.
FattyZ™When FLW Tour pro, Luke Clausen, approached us with a new bait design, we listened. And, the result is the FattyZ. Ideal for power-finesse situations and equipped with a molded-in slot for easy hook penetration, it's perfect when paired with our Shaky® HeadZ™. Overall, this 5" bait is unique, lifelike and super effective. And, thanks to salt-impregnated ElaZtech® amazingly durable. >> More Info.
Shaky HeadZIdeal for use with Finesse WormZ™, FattyZ™, and CrawZ™, Shaky HeadZ's Mustad® UltraPoint® flat-eye hook design and unique keeper system hold both traditional plastics and ElaZtech® baits securely on the hook shank, even when skipping docks and other cover! >> More Info.
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