Z-Man Slim Swimz 2.5" PEARL

Z-Man Slim Swimz 2.5" PEARL

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Everyone knows now that soft-baits can be particularly effective on a wide range of fish species in New Zealand, but just one brand, Z-Man, is becoming the primary choice for most serious soft-plastic anglers. The reasons why are many, including: 

  • coming in some fantastic colours, sizes and shapes
  • providing the best movement when retrieved or left to their own devices in the current
  • not needing to be kept in a special solution, so won’t turn into little bits of ‘wood’ and there’s no liquid to leak everywhere
  • having a natural buoyancy so they lift tail first when on the bottom and waggle enticingly
  • some having ultraviolet-reflective and lumo qualities to make them highly visible in all sorts of conditions, and being the toughest soft-bait available!

The last feature is often the deciding factor for most: anyone fishing in reefy territory will know the frustration of fishing more fragile brands of soft-baits, winding in after one cast to find the lure bitten in half or completely gone; it can get very expensive. No wonder anglers are putting super-durable Z-Mans on instead - it’s usually possible to catch between a dozen and 30 fish per lure!  

10X Tough ElaZtech 

Z-Man's proprietary ElaZtech material is remarkably soft, pliable, and 10X Tougher than traditional soft plastics. ElaZtech resists nicks, cuts, and tears better than other soft baits and boasts one of the highest fish-per-bait ratings in the industry, resulting in anglers not having to waste time searching for a new bait when the fish are biting. This unique material is also naturally buoyant and floats up off the bottom, creating a more visible, lifelike, and attractive target to gamefish. Unlike most other soft plastic baits, ElaZtech contains no PVC, plastisol or phthalates, and is non-toxic. 


  • Slim body and unique curved paddle tail delivers irresistable wiggling swimming action
  • Ideal for panfish, but super effective when larger fresh- and saltwater gamefish are keyed in on small forage
  • Pairs perfectly with Finesse ShroomZ, Trout Eye Finesse, or Finesse EyeZ jigheads for easy and secure rigging
  • Available in 2.5" (8 baits per pack)
  • Made in the USA 


Ensure your Z-Man is correctly rigged on the lead-head. After initially inserting the hook and exiting the belly slit, the lure should then be pulled up against the jig-head and the hook rotated 180 degrees to exit the soft-bait’s ‘back’. The Z-Man should sit nice and straight on the hook; a ‘banana’ shape makes the lure spiral unattractively.


Z-Mans can be cast and retrieved or dragged along behind the drifting boat. Contrary to popular belief, they can be cast around while anchored up or from the shore, too. It usually pays to use the lightest possible leadhead weight that will reach the seafloor. This sees the descending lure hanging in the bite zone for longer and able to be retrieved more slowly and erratically without continually dropping into the weeds or reef and snagging.  Success often depends on your ability to identify the casting angles that allow your lightly-weighted lure to get down to the bottom and then be jiggled back with some tension retained throughout. This enables you to be alerted to bites, as the line will jiggle, suddenly slacken, or zip away. Provided the rod is kept lowered and pointing along the line during the descent and after each jiggle on the retrieve, a simple handle wind in response to these ‘line bites’ is enough to tighten nicely to the biting fish or encourage it to bite again. In both instances the rod tip gets pulled downwards by the biting fish, signalling it’s time for you to lift the rod firmly and set the hook. Z-Mans are more effective when Secret Sauce is regularly added: their attractive flavours encourage fish to bite hard and hang onto the imitation for longer, so anglers are more likely to hook up.

At Hamills, we want to keep it as easy as possible for you, so we offer:

  • Free shipping on orders over $199.99 to New Zealand non-rural addresses. A $5 rural surcharge will apply to rural addresses for orders over $199.99.
  • For all orders under $199.99 for NZ deliveries, we charge the following flat rates:
    • North Island - a flat rate of $8.50 to non-rural addresses and $13.50 to rural addresses (some heavy items may incur additional charges. We will advise before shipping).
    • South Island - a flat rate of $9.99 to non-rural addresses and $14.99 to rural addresses (some heavy items may incur additional charges. We will advise before shipping).
    We aim to dispatch orders within 1 - 3 business days. If you require your order urgently, please contact us in advance to ensure we can accommodate your needs.

    Please note there are a handful of oversized/heavy items that may incur additional shipping costs. If this is the case with your item, we will advise you of the cost before dispatching.

    We ship internationally. All our international delivery costs are determined by destination, and the size of your parcel.

    Displayed pricing applies to New Zealand resident customers (NZD) only. International orders will be processed in the New Zealand dollar.

    International shipping rates will be displayed upon checkout. Any applicable customs charges or local taxes are the responsibility of the customer and is not covered in your purchase price by Hamills Taupo.

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    We also offer a tracked DHL Express option. Pricing will be available at checkout.
    When an order is shipped outside of New Zealand you may be charged duties or taxes by your local government before the items will be released to you, as these are beyond our control please check with your local customs department prior to ordering should you have any concerns. These charges are not the responsibility of Hamills Taupo.

    Please Note: If your order contains any clearance items this may delay the dispatch of your order.

    Orders will be processed Monday – Friday.

    We know you’re going to be super keen to get your new purchase so that’s why we process and dispatch orders as soon as we can. Actual delivery time will depend on your location.

    Once your order has been processed and dispatched, indicative delivery times are as follows:

    • North Island orders: 1-3 working days from dispatch.
    • South Island orders: 2-5 working days from dispatch.
    Rural delivery or remote locations can take just a little longer so please allow an additional 2 working days.

    Orders will be processed Monday – Friday.

    Unfortunately, overnight or Saturday deliveries cannot be guaranteed.

    We are unable to post to PO Box addresses.

    We know you’re going to be super keen to get your new purchase so that’s why we will dispatch orders usually within 24 hours of being received. Actual delivery time will depend on your location (see below).

    Once your order has been processed, indicative delivery times are as follows:
    • 7 - 14 working days.
    • Rural delivery or remote locations can take just a little longer so please allow an additional 2 working days.
    • Please Note: If your order contains any clearance items this may delay the dispatch of your order. Covid has created increasing delays to some areas. Please be patient.
    Orders will be processed Monday – Friday.

    There are some products that we are unable to sell online but we are still able to ship nationwide. We can accept payment by credit card over the phone or via bank transfer.
    As these items may be age or license restricted, you will be required to complete a Firearms Mail Order Form before we can release the goods. Please contact us in the shop 07 378 7779 or flick us an email shop@hamillstaupo.co.nz and we would be happy to talk you through the process.
    We can only deliver firearms and ammunition to the following addresses:
    • The licence holders address (this must match your firearms license and you must be home to receive the delivery)
    • Your local firearms dealer (please ensure you have their permission for us to deliver your item to them. They may charge a collection fee to you direct on pick up).
    There is a standard nationwide $50 delivery charge for all firearms.
    For online sales of firearms and ammunition, we are required by law to have a police officer check in person that your firearms license is valid.

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