How To Maximize Your Results With Slam Shady Paddletails [Rigging, Retrieving, & Size Selection]


This page will show you how to get the most fish catching with your Slam Shady paddletails throughout all seasons with the least amount of equipment needed.

You can also see all of the documented species that have been caught on the Slam Shady lure (on our way to a world record) toward the bottom of this post.

The great thing about soft plastics 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 paired with the right sized jig head or weighted hook.

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

  • How To Rig Slam Shady 2.0
  • How To Rig Zman Slam Shady Lures
  • How To Retrieve Paddletails
  • Lure Size Selection Tips
  • How To Store Your Lures

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


How To Rig Slam Shady 2.0

How To Rig Zman Slam Shady Lures

How To Retrieve Paddletails

How To Select The Right Size

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How To Store Your Lures [Important]

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Equipment Links


Weighted Hooks

Jig Heads

Jig Head Weight Table

  • 1/8th oz – great for depths of 2 to 4 ft
  • 3/16th oz (FAVORITE) – great for depths of 2.5 to 5 ft
  • 1/4th oz – great for depths of 3 to 8 ft

Species Caught On The Slam Shady

Want to join us on our way to setting a world record for most species of fish caught on a single swimbait (of the same color)?

Below is the list of species that have been caught on this lure so leave a comment below and send us a picture at if you’ve caught a new species on the Slam Shady!

  1. Almaco Jack
  2. Barracuda
  3. Bar Jack
  4. Bigmouth Sleeper
  5. Black Acara
  6. Black Drum
  7. Black Sea Bass
  8. Blue Runner
  9. Bluefish
  10. Bonefish
  11. Bonito
  12. Bowfin
  13. Brown Trout
  14. Bullseyes Snakehead
  15. Bumper (Atlantic Bumper)
  16. Chain Pickerel
  17. Channel Cat (catfish)
  18. Cobia
  19. Coho Salmon
  20. Crappie
  21. Croaker
  22. Cubera Snapper
  23. Flounder
  24. Freshwater Catfish
  25. Freshwater Drum
  26. Gafftopsail Catfish
  27. Gag Grouper
  28. Gar
  29. Green Sunfish
  30. Grey Chub
  31. Halibut
  32. Herring
  33. Hybrid Striped Bass
  34. Jack Crevalle
  35. Kingfish
  36. Ladyfish
  37. Lake Trout (Canada)
  38. Lane Snapper
  39. Largemouth Bass
  40. Lizardfish
  41. Lookdown
  42. Mangrove Snapper
  43. Mahi Mahi
  44. Mayan Cichlid
  45. Musky Sucker
  46. Mullet
  47. Needlefish
  48. Northern Pike
  49. Northern Snakehead
  50. Orange-Spotted Trevally
  51. Oscar
  52. Ozark Bass
  53. Peacock Bass
  54. Pinfish
  55. Pufferfish
  56. Queenfish
  57. Rainbow Trout
  58. Red Grouper
  59. Red Snapper
  60. Redbreast Sunfish
  61. Redfish (Red Drum)
  62. Remora
  63. Ribbonfish
  64. Rock Bass
  65. Sawfish
  66. Sea Robin
  67. Sennit
  68. Schoolmaster Snapper
  69. Shad
  70. Shark (multiple species)
  71. Sheepshead
  72. Silver Sea Trout (Sand Trout)
  73. Smallmouth Bass
  74. Smallmouth Buffalo (Carp)
  75. Smoothback Puffer
  76. Snook (common)
  77. Spanish Mackerel
  78. Speckled Perch
  79. Speckled Trout
  80. Spotted Bay Bass
  81. Stargazer
  82. Strawberry Grouper
  83. Striped Bass
  84. Sturgeon
  85. Swordspine Snook
  86. Tarpon
  87. Tilapia
  88. Toadfish
  89. Tripletail
  90. Walleye
  91. Warmouth Bass
  92. Weakfish
  93. White Bass
  94. White Perch
  95. Whiting
  96. Yellow Jack
  97. Yellow Perch
  98. Yellowfin Croaker


These Slam Shady paddletails will enable you to catch quality fish across all seasons and water columns as long as they are paired with the proper jig head or weighted hook for the specific conditions you’ll be fishing.

To maximize your results, it’s very important to have the size selections listed above on hand because just that small amount of equipment will enable you to be ready to catch any species that feed on small baitfish anywhere in the water column from the surface all the way down to 7 ft…

And if you’ll be fishing deeper water, you’ll just need to get some heavier jig heads to enable the lures to dive down farther.

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

And if you have already begun using them, please use the Comment sections below let us know what size slam shady you like best along with the hook and jig head size.

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Charles Gambino
1 month ago

I just saw a fish I caught on a slam shady 2.0 that isn’t listed above. Sight casted a blue spotted cornetfish walking Delray beach last December. Was pretty cool looking. Has no idea what it was till I found pics on the internet.

Ayman Armoush
1 month ago

If I’m fishing off a pier, what is the best hook? It seems like there is sea grass but it gets deeper than 2ft when casting out but when reeling in its shallow.

Arman Eckelbarger
2 months ago

What is the best knot? Loop knot or tie the line straight to the hook?

Dean Bardino
4 months ago

Great content. One thing I didn’t see was a video on the retrieve of the jig head. Is there one somewhere else?

Nicholas Moore
6 months ago

Another great weighted hook to try is the VMC Drop Dead Weighted Hook. These hooks have a slimmer molded weight closer to the bend of the hook that could help avoid any contact with the soft plastic like you had with the Owner combined with 3″ paddle tail. Tight lines!

Eddy Branch
7 months ago

I have been fishing the Laguna Madre in Texas for thirty years and been an insider for two days. Your videos in this series have a lot of information that is new to an old salt water junkie. New equipment and tackle seem to be coming faster these days and I believe being an Insider at Salt Strong will keep me up to date.
Thank You for taking the time to keep us informed.

Amber Lincoln
7 months ago

The Slam Shady is amazingly easy to skip under the Mangroves! Hooked up on several slot Snook!! Thanks for the info!! 🙂

Ed Baldwin
7 months ago

Looking for info on rigging Zma n 10x shrimp

Ed Baldwin
7 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds


Bob Peters
7 months ago

These videos are so great. I feel like I’m really well prepared for me upcoming trip to Florida. Thanks a bunch. I’m really excited.

Jeff Gwinup
7 months ago

Caught a nice LMB on Slam Shady 2.0 3.5 on the weighted hook yesterday. My first Florida fish would have likely been a PB if I would have had anything to with me to weigh it. Now for the salty stuff!


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