“We call it the ‘Salty Ned ShrimpZ,’” says inshore saltwater guide and Z-Man pro, Captain C.A. Richardson. “It’s my newest little saltwater nugget for big redfish, snook and seatrout. When the water’s cold or extra clear—or any time fishing pressure is extreme—a Salty Ned can be even better than livebait. And now, rather than borrowing baits from our freshwater boxes, we’ve got a new Ned goody, all to ourselves.”
In recent seasons, as Richardson and other intelligent inshore anglers recognized the parallels between freshwater bass tactics and those for redfish, seatrout and other saltwater species, a renewed approach emerged. “From the first day we experimented with a Ned rig under cold, bluebird skies, our results spoke volumes,” says Richardson, the brains behind Flats Class TV and University. “We’ve followed the evolution of freshwater finesse techniques and the rise of the Ned rig for smallmouth and largemouth bass from day one. So, it made perfect sense that similar methods and baits could excel in saltwater for a lot of reasons. Turns out, the Salty Ned is like a tasty little cocktail shrimp for selective inshore predators.”
A fishing industry first saltwater specific profile designed for the increasingly popular Ned Rig finesse technique, the Salty Ned ShrimpZ is a subtle 2.5-inch live shrimp mimic composed of 100-percent ElaZtech. Not only does the new finesse saltwater bait resemble an actual crustacean in anatomy, it’s buoyant, extra soft yet durable body gives anglers several key advantages.