How To Rig & Retrieve The Alabama Leprechaun Lure


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

How To Rig The Alabama Leprechaun

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Profile Size Control Tricks

Deeper Water Retrieve Tips

Ideal Retrieve Speed

Ideal Equipment

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 get the Owner TwistLock Weighted Hook


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


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.


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.

Get a pack of Alabama Leprechauns here


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.


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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Bob Sherman
1 month ago

I watch these more than once and get a little something extra each time. Thanks for making them!

Brad Brumback
3 months ago

Luke, can you help me with how the wind driven current plays in to your retrieval suggestions? In areas with wind driven current casting with the wind (and therefore with the current) seems to be retrieving against the direction you would normally want to retrieve (in to the current rather than with it).

Gary Jarrett
4 months ago

You demonstrated how to make the plastic bait weedless using the Owner twist lock hook for shallow water. Would you suggest and should you rig the trout eye jig to make it weedless also for deeper water?

John Crossley
4 months ago

How long does the scent last on the Alabama Leprechaun and how can the same scent be replenished?

Rich Pansa
5 months ago

I moved to Florida seven months ago from the north and consider myself a good (freshwater)fisherman until I move down here and had to take into account so much more ! I’m so glad I found Salt Strong !

Dom Roberts
9 months ago

Great article guys! loving your work I’ve learnt a lot, from the YouTube videos to the articles and the podcasts they are brilliant.
I will certainly feel better equipped with the knowledge when I hope to return for a holiday in the future.
Just wondering over here in the uk, we use breakaway mini clips for attaching lures quickly, meaning re rigging or lure swapping is done in seconds, also with the added movement to the lure like tying the loop knot.
Is there a reason you guys don’t use lure clips like that?
Thanks Dom

Dom Roberts
9 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

Thanks Luke for taking the time to reply 👍🏻
You guys over there do a lot more lure fishing and get afloat more than us here, the winds here keep us ashore often.
I used to attach lures with loop knots but to save time and an ever decreasing leader length now use clips all the time.
Would be interesting to do a side by side comparison in your waters to see if there’s a different reaction from the fish.
Really appreciate the reply tight lines
Cheers Dom

Nate Morin
10 months ago

A Huge THANK-YOU to you, Luke and your humble(?) bro, “Diamond” Joe for putting together a great organization! I’m well aware of what it takes to get a new business up, running and successful! I & my recently retired wife, have relocated from the crisp mountain air and freshwater trout to living between the Inter-Coastal Waterway and the salty surf of Myrtle Beach, SC. Again, thank-you for all the tips, video’s & products in the tackle shop! I’d be lost without you! Thanks also for the sample packs to try out the Slam Shady and now the ‘Bama Leprechaun. The latter should arrive the same time as another stocking up gear order. I look forward to a long Salt Strong customer relationship with you guys and everyone at Salt Strong! I’m pumped and ready for successful salt water fishing!
I can’t say Thanks” enough.
Btw, Kaley is refreshingly quick, nice and a real pro at customer service. (Ya might wanna think about paying her double!)

Last edited 10 months ago by Nate Morin
Allan Vrboncic
1 year ago

With the rod tip up it gives it an up and down movement. And a side to side movement with the rod tip down. Since it is basically a jerk shad, why not retrieve it to get a side to side presentation the majority of the time?

Michael Dupre
1 year ago

Quick question on scented baits. How long before they “lose their scent”? Can you use them one day, leave on the rod and use the next day with the same results or should you go to a fresh one?

Michael LeBlanc
1 year ago

I haven’t gotten the Alabama Leprechaun yet, but I can’t wait to try it here in South Louisiana


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