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:

  • Proper rigging for the top jig heads and weighted hooks
  • Most effective retrieve for the 3 core applications
  • Size selection shortcuts [3″ vs. 4″ vs. 5″]

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


How To Rig Slam Shady 2.0

How To Rig Slam Shady (Original)

How To Retrieve Paddletails

How To Select The Right Size

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

Your Feedback Is Appreciated!

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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2 days ago

How do you rig the poping cork when fishing for redfish?

Jimmy b
13 days ago

Add bullseyes snakehead to the list caught a decent one today on the slam shady diezel minnow

Steve Bradley
1 month ago

Two Species that I did not see on your list. Sail cat and stingray.
PS: I couldn’t figure out how to post a picture.

1 month ago

Caught a two pompano with the slam shady in Hatteras, NC

Kathy Boyhan
1 month ago

Love these videos

Kelly Leonard
1 month ago

With the shortage of owner twistlocks can I use a 3/0 1/16 on a slam shady bomber?
I’m having a hard time finding the 4/0 in anything lighter than a 1/8.

1 month ago

I am actually very disappointed with the particular jigheads! On some Z-Mans they are damn near impossible to get the lure on them without taking plires and tearing the bait up and then on other soft plastics after the second or so hit, they slide rite off when u cast. I saw a recommendation to use super glue and actually glue them on. Why spend all that money just to have to glue them? Then you have to fight the glue to get them off. Not to mention the time it takes for even gorilla glue to set. It might work good with the slam shady, but all in all they are not versatile to be able to use with various soft plastics. Any suggestions please let me know for.

rex bishop
2 months ago

video buffered all the way to the end.

Charles Drenning
2 months ago

Didn’t take a pic , was more concerned about not getting stung while getting my jig back, but I did catch a skate yesterday on slamshady minnowz

alexander barry buchanan
2 months ago

i orderd the free pack slam shady. i spent 22years working party boats,mate/captian. i kayak fish , i have yet to catch eny fish on eny plastick bait .when some one can show me how i will by more.VERY FRUSTRATED with plasticks,i fish cut bait and shrimp.


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