bass pro carries them (Strike King Redfish Magic Zulu), $3.49 for a 4 pack. looks like you'd fish it much like a Gulp! Jerk Shad? e.g., on a jig head, with a weighted hook, etc. the promotional blurb on BPS says it is "a terror on top water" (perhaps with an unweighted hook?).
yes you "free line " them with a 5/0 circle hook or use them with jigheads and bounce/jerk them. They float so they will have more action than a regular grub or jerkshad... More like a shrimp or minnow feeding and picking the bottom...
I fished them for the first time in late November and we caught puppy after puppy with them. We took off the soft plastic that came with them and put on a charturze green gulp. I am going to try one tomorrow from the little bridge in Nags Head.
Just for clarification - Redfish Magic is a spinnerbait made by a company called Strike King. Redfish Magic Zulu is a softbait made by the same company. The Spinnerbait has been around a while but the zulu is fairly new. The Spinnerbait usually comes with a soft plastic shad or what they call a glass minnow. Now they introduced the Zulu. It can be bought separately of course.
The freshwater Zulu is/was a super plastic bait - super high stretch, super floater. Very supple plastic that is sort of "self-healing" and pretty much won't tear. Hard to keep from balling up on the hook. Screw-in head (ie. hitch-hiker) or circle/octopus nose hook was a pretty good option.
Not sure if the saltwater version has the same super plastic characteristics or if its a more traditional plastic formula.
Thanks Topsail Angler, everyone was going on about the trailer and I know the Redfish Majic is a spinnerbait, threw to many of these bad boys on the islands in the ICW around Topsail and surrounding waters.
These spinnerbaits are built of better quality than more spinnerbaits that bass fishermen use. They can take the abuse of the power drives that reds are notorius for, man I love catching these fish.
To steal a few secrets from the bass world that does work in the salt is this:
**Wake the bait,, cast and as soon as the bait hits the water start reeling and get your rod tip up, reel just fast enough that the blade makes a wake on top of the water
**Cast out and then let the lure fall just until you cannot see the bait usually 2-3 feet, if the water is deep enough. and then reel a few turns and then do a quick pause, this causes the bait to move and then fall as injured which makes the spinner jump and flash different.
After a while the fish will tell you which way they want the bait to come to them.