How To Rig & Retrieve The Alabama Leprechaun Lure

By: Luke Simonds on May 14, 2020
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This page will show you how to catch the most fish possible while using your Alabama Leprechaun lures.

The great thing about soft plastic jerk baits is that they are so versatile and can be effectively used in so many different applications making them a lure type that can catch fish in pretty much all regions throughout the year.

But the bad thing about soft plastics is that they won’t work well at all if they aren’t rigged properly or if they aren’t retrieved in a way that generates strikes.

So the videos below will walk you through the essential details to make sure that you know the specifics for the following:

  • How to retrieve the Alabama Leprechaun like a pro
  • How to rig the Alabama Leprechaun to be your #1 lure of all time
  • Profile size control trick
  • How to decide which retrieve speed to use

Just click on the respective videos below to see the details:

Retrieving The Alabama Leprechaun

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How To Rig The Alabama Leprechaun

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Profile Size Control Tricks

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Deeper Water Retrieve Tips

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Ideal Retrieve Speed

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Ideal Equipment

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Weighted Hooks

After testing a lot of weighted hooks over the years, my absolute favorite for the Alabama Leprechaun lures is the 3/0 weighted TwistLock hook made by Owner because its unique centering pin makes rigging very easy and it is the perfect size for this lure.

Note: I like the one with the 1/16th oz weight best.

Click here to learn more about the Owner TwistLock Weighted Hook

Rod

I highly recommend 7’6″ Fast Action blanks with Medium Heavy power (Medium for some brands like TFO).

Line

I highly recommend using 10 lb braid for maximizing your results when using the Alabama Leprechaun so that you can maximize your casting distance and feel of taps vs. thumps.

Line

In my opinion, the reel is not nearly as important as the rod and the line. I recommend 2000 to 3000 sized reels for inshore fishing with the Alabama Leprechaun lures because they hold plenty of line and have more than enough drag strength while they weigh much less than the larger reels.

Alabama Leprechaun Lures

These lures have proven to be excellent at catching the big fish in high pressured shallows due to their unique color pattern combined with their excellent action in the water when rigged and retrieved properly.

My favorite conditions for using them is when I’m fishing in the shallows with calm and/or clear water.

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Species Caught So Far

Want to join us on our way to seeing how many species will strike the Alabama Leprechaun?

Below is the list of species that have been caught on this lure so far while testing this brand new lure.

  • Redfish
  • Speckled Trout
  • Flounder
  • Snook
  • Baracuda
  • Bonnethead Shark
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Ladyfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Tarpon (Alex Frey on 5-24-20)

Note: Send us a picture of any species you catch with the Alabama Leprechaun that is not yet on this list, and we’ll display your name next to the species when it gets added.

Conclusion

These Alabama Leprechaun lures will enable you to catch quality fish across all regions in areas where predator fish are feeding in the shallows even when other lures don’t seem to work.

The key is to practice the rigging and retrieve techniques shown in the videos above.

In a short amount of time, you’ll undoubtedly be catching more and bigger fish up in the shallows by using these unique Alabama Leprechaun lures.

Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions… I am here to help!

P.S. If you want to get 20% off the Alabama Leprechaun lures and/or the weighted hooks to rig them with plus discounts on tons of other gear, click here to join the Insider Club.

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Mel Bledsoe
2 days ago

Great info as always Luke. I bought the 4pack as well, looking forward to trying them. I was checking out the 70’s hairdo you were sporting in the videos. 😀😀😀, fortunately the Gov. opened the barber shops Monday. Got myself looking a little better Thursday.👍👍👍. Keep up the good work Saltstrong.

Dennis Bledsoe
5 days ago

What is the best color of Braid to use?

Mel Bledsoe
2 days ago
Reply to  Dennis Bledsoe

Don’t see my last name often. Cool Dennis and I are Bledsoe’s

Morgan Jimenez
5 days ago

Looking for video for making leaders and tiring knots. Thx

Bob Deason
5 days ago

Will it work as well in dark water?

Scott Doscher
5 days ago

Luke, I fish from and Kayak and can’t stand so it is hard to keep the rod down so the line does not bow. I try to keep the pole alike 10 a clock.

do you have any advice for me or is there a video for retrieving from a sitting position.

Torrey Johnson
7 days ago

How do you store your Alabama Leprechaun lures between fishing trips, to help keep the scent strong?

Gary Brady
7 days ago

Great video and a lot of good tips. I just bought the TFO professional rod to replace my ugly stick. Can cast about 10 yds more easier, also I was losing a lot of fish on jumps. I think I wasn’t getting a good hook set, the old rod had that flex tip. I will let you know when I catch a few snook, lol

Bruce Goin
7 days ago

what size and type of jig head do you like to use for the alabama leprachaun

Mike Fischer
9 days ago

you are only using braid with no leader, is that correct ? thanks

David Atkins
10 days ago

Fantastic videos, learned a lot about rigging but mostly on variety of retrieve styles and I can’t wait to try them out this weekend, Awesome!
As always thanks for your energy and efforts, we are better fisherman because of Salt Strong!

Charles Phillippi
10 days ago

Great videos!! As always. Order the 4 pack…here fishy fishy…lol

John Purdue
10 days ago

How can I get a pack

Steven Free
10 days ago

I guess one question I have which is a little funny is are these zman bait? I know your relatively new slam shady 2.0 are I just was curious because the 2.0 isn’t made out of the same tough material as the original slam shady is so I guess I was just curious if this bait is as well from zman I also noticed you said your favorite conditions are clear water well that’s kinda hard for me now that we are going into the summer months here in Jacksonville northeast fl but the color of that lure does look good for these waters anything with gold is good here and water melon is a great color here in the wintertime watermelon with red flakes is very popular I have some and they are gulp baits but the leprechaun I believe I might try dyeing the tail chartreuse then inserting a rattle and also coating it a little with some inshore procure scent that might help it a little more get but here in my waters chartreuse is always good here in these dark tannin stained waters and I always add scent even though you say they come with it and a rattle covers the 3 senses that fish use scent sound or vibration and sight the gold and chartreuse should be a real killer can’t wait to get them hopefully by this Friday on Friday it’s going to be a 100 a perfect score on the old solonar tables with reletively light 10mph south west winds thanks for the videos and as always all you do😁

Ron Langford
10 days ago

Good info Luke, unrelated question. Where did you get your front sight fishing stool I see on your boat? Thanks Ron

Mason Terryn
10 days ago

I fish from my kayak and was wondering, which rod you would prefer between a 7 foot medium heavy St. Croix Avid Inshore or a 7 foot medium TFO for this style of fishing. Does one have an advantage over the other from a low seated position during hook sets? Thank you for the detailed video.

Mason Terryn
10 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Sounds good. Would you pair that up with the Diawa Bg or Fuego LT? What size would be best for balance? 2500? Thank you for quick response.

Michael Bellet
10 days ago

OK Luke, the big question…. If you are taking 1 soft plastic to fish, will it be the Alabama Leprechaun or the Salt Shady ??

Gary Rankel
10 days ago

I’m not convinced, but I ordered a bag just on your say-so. I’ll be sold if Tony gives up his camo Gulp for these.

Martin Picciano
10 days ago

Interesting you guys came out with this. I was fishing with a friend a couple of weeks ago. I was using the Slam Shady, he was using a similar color and shape soft plastic. He hit on a gator trout and a higher volume of trout, while I was getting jacks and small trout. It would be interesting to see a side by side test. Can’t wait to receive mine and try them out!

Martin Picciano
10 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Hi Luke – It was overcast with calm, moderately clear water. We were fishing 2-3 feet deep.

Pablo Diaz
11 days ago

Great demo. Can’t wait to get my Alabama Leprechaun. Has this been tried in freshwater?

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Anonymous
11 days ago

Is this lure better than Slam Shady? I hope you guys have not decided to go into lure business

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Anonymous
11 days ago

Having a hard time lately playing Sal Strong Videos. Keep pausing. Tried on Edge and Chrome with same results

Ken Willcoxon
11 days ago

Hello Luke. i have a toadfish rod ( 7’2″ medium rod with extra fast action tip)with a penn fierce three, 3000 series reel. is that a setup that is a good pair for the slam shadys & the Alabama leprechauns? or would you go with the medium heavy rod and maybe a smaller series reel? thanks for any and all advice. awesome videos as always and so much info. do you ever have time to sleep? i would love to pick your brain for a fraction of the knowledge that you have sir.

Lynn Olman
11 days ago

Loop or snug knot?

Bill Zimmer
11 days ago

Thanks for the great tutorial on using the new baits. I’ve had a lot of success with the Slam Shady 2, should I just try it in the same area if the paddle tail isn’t catching fish? Looking forward using them as soon as they arrive.

Bill Zimmer
10 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Great, thanks Luke

John Jannotti
11 days ago

Hi, can’t wait to try this bait out. You said you usually switch to a paddle tail when fishing deeper than 2.5ft. I’m curious if you retrieve the paddle tail the same way as the leprechaun.

Great videos, thanks!

Gabe Leib
11 days ago

Awesome! Thank you for the info Luke! Can’t wait to try them out

Thom Ray
11 days ago

Luke, is this ZMan Elasatech material. If so I like using the Mustad grip pin weighted hooks for Z Man products. You can slide plastic over the weight without tearing up the bait.

Thom Ray
11 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks for clearing that up. I’ll be waiting on my 4 pk order to arrive soon

Hunter Nodae
11 days ago

Ordered four packs!! Really excited, fluke style baits are my go to lure for any and every thing. Can guarantee I’m gonna catch a lunker bass on this!

Hunter Nodae
11 days ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

I’m sure they will kill it. Watermelon Red Flake is a solid color and I think gold fleck will be a special addition.

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Anonymous
11 days ago

Thanx Luke! You always give good content and great advise! Just ordered my new Alabama baits and wished I had them the other day at Simmons Park. One Snook and one Jack made for a long day. Saw a lot of fish but they were not having what I was throwing. Maybe these would have made a better day. Next time I’m there I’ll be tossing these in the shallows! Mark Lewis.

TheEmperorCodsaculus
11 days ago

I was throwing a fluke today. This looks just like ’em….. bought 4 bags though.

Joseph Brumley
11 days ago

Great videos Luke. This lure looks a lot like my favorite shallow water lure for Bass, the Caffeine Shad from Strike King. Only real difference is the Caffeine Shad does not have a split tail, otherwise they look pretty darn similar. I primarily rig it on the Owner Twist Lock hook also. I hook it the opposite way however, where the point comes out into the channel. I’ve always assumed that was the reason for the channel being designed into the soft plastic, so that the hook point could just lay in there and make the lure weedless. Have you tried it both ways? I’ve never rigged it the way you did so I can’t say the way I do it is better but I have been very successful with it.

Randall Perron
11 days ago

Great info Luke. Looking forward to testing out the Leprechaun in the Lagoon when they arrive.