Jig Head vs. Weighted Hook: How To Rig Paddletails In Every Condition

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What’s the best way to rig a paddletail?

Although this might sound like a cop out answer, the answer is it depends.

How deep is the water?

Are the fish lethargic or aggressive?

Is there lots of structure around?

These conditions will determine the best way to rig a paddletail and in this video, I’m going to show you some underwater footage of paddletails rigged on jig heads and weighted hooks so you can make the best decision about how to rig them.

Let’s dive in!

Rigging Paddletails On Jig Heads vs. Weighted Hooks [VIDEO]

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Rigging Paddletails On Jig Heads

As a general rule, if the water is deeper than four feet, I use a jig head.

This is because fish are usually feeding on or near the bottom, and a jig head does a much better job of getting the lure down there.

If the water is just about four feet deep and I’m trying to decide whether or not to use a jig head, here are some other questions I’ll ask myself that will help me find the right answer:

Are the fish lethargic or aggressive?

As you saw in the video, the jig head makes the lure bounce up and down quickly, so if the fish are lethargic, I’d avoid using a jig head if possible.

Is there lots of structure?

Unless it’s a weedless jig head, I prefer to not use jig heads in areas with lots of structure because it’s more likely to get snagged.

Rigging Paddletails On Weighted Hooks

As a general rule, if the water is less than four feet, I use a weighted hook.

Weighted hooks give the lure more action both during a straight retrieve (they have a nice wobble) and during a twitch-twitch-pause retrieve (they have a more erratic drop).

And although they have tons of action when you retrieve them, they’re also really good for when the fish are lethargic because they move more slowly through the water.

Finally, I love weighted hooks because you can rig your lures weedless, which greatly decrease your chance of snagging grass or getting stuck on rocks, oyster bars, or dock pilings.

Conclusion

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Rigging paddletails on both weighted hooks and jig heads can be really effective, it just depends on the conditions.

My rule of thumb is that if the water is deeper than four feet, I’ll go with a jig head, but if it’s shallower than four feet, I’ll go with a weighted hook.

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Have any questions about rigging up paddletails?

Let me know down in the comments!

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David Neblett
20 days ago

Love seeing the underwater view. Thanks for the video.

Gary Kanwisher
23 days ago

Do you ever add a scent to a lure. My local shop recommended Pro Cure. I always add a few drops when I use my paddletail

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