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

By: Luke Simonds on September 24, 2019
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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.

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:

Introduction

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How To Rig & Retrieve

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How To Select The Right Size

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Equipment Links

Paddletails

Weighted Hooks

Jig Heads

Conclusion

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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Jeff Simmons
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Luke,
Do you use the weedless Trout eye jig heads for deeper water with structure? If so, do you set the wire under the hook point or leave it stick up?

Gary Koltz
Member

Luke:
I have not made a comment before, but would like to share something I’ve been doing this past year to extend the life of the slam shady. When the head of the lure gets to torn up on the weighted hook. I remove it and put it on a jig head as you suggested rigging in the video. I add one small drop of super glue near the head of the jig. The slam shady’s stay in place. When they finally get so badly torn on the jig head I cut them off with a knife and do the process over again with another torn lure from the weighted hook. I use a gel type super glue not the liquid. The liquid is too messy. Thanks for the videos.

Robert Fisher
Member

Great videos, thanks. Just ordered some slam shadys. What knot are you using on the jig? – Cheers

Brad Ewing
Member

I live in Louisiana, on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain, so most of the water here is murky and lots of guys use popping cork which I have as well. Have you found the water has to be clear to use the SS lures without the cork?

Mikel Kline
Member

Great tips! I look forward to using my new Slam Shady baits. I have a couple of questions. I read below that you rig your baits before you head out and I also have seen your video on the storage of the Gulp baits in the Plano water”resistant” boxes with some of the scented liquid when you’re buying them in volume; so based on these videos and your comments, would you put your rigged baits in this same kind of storage box for just that trip or could they be stored rigged for longer periods? Also, I see that you reference the Owner weighted hooks that have a different shaped weight than other manufacturers. Is this deliberate because of the size and shape of the weight, or just because you like the Owner brand hooks? I intend to try rigging them with and without the Twistlocks to see if I have more success with one rigging method over the other. See…I’m trying to pay attention to the lessons and guidance. Thanks. Really enjoying being part of the club!

Gary Rankel
Member

Great, great advice, Luke. These soft plastics rock. I’d only suggest using the new Mustad Chinlock hooks with them – they’re awesome.

George Dahlquist
Member

What knot are you recommending tieing these baits off with?

JJ Patton
Member

Awesome vids. Newbie/part time salt water guy. I live on the Mississippi River and fish for bass, the similarities are amazing

Lee Ashe
Member

GREAT INFO LUKE, WONDERFUL PRESENTATIONS….GOD BLESS…….HAPPY HOLIDAYS…!!!

Linda Voll
Member

I just received my Slam Shady packages. I am looking forward to using them this Friday at John’s Pass. I hope to have tons of pictures to post. Thanks for the above videos, I need as much coaching as I can get.

Gary Hartge
Member

Hey guys,
One of the shore locations I fish goes from 0-2 ft depending on tide at a seawall, then submerged rocks, then and gradual ledge with crab traps and rocks to deep water, 15ft plus. I have had OK luck, thinking I should be doing better though. I am using a weighted hook rigged weedless as in your video, but I add a bullet weight, sort of like a Texas rig. It gets my paddle tail deep quickly when I cast out and it never gets hung up. Lost way too many with a jig head. Any suggestions on retrieval in such an environment? Its obviously getting cooler now. Thanks!

Richard Fiorentino
Member

Luke- Have you ever tried the Snakelockz weedless jig head? Might be worth a try

Robert A Dyal
Member

Had great luck with 3 inch in my small pond in Jacksonville FL. catch a few bass every day , just messing around. Sometime large, and catch them in just a few minutes, Would like to know how to store these properly and do they dry out. I rig them up, in advance of fishing, and store them in a plastic lure container. Is this going to be a problem? Thanks for all the info on these great lures. Great product! When will you get some of the 5 inches back in stock?

Jacinda Rose
Member

Nice work, Luke! Thanks for all the info! I forced myself to go out with only the Slam Shady (& a topwater) the other day, and was thrilled with my 2 successful catches! I saw several fish chasing the bait, but not taking it. I was thinking it was something in my retrieval, which I alternated throughout the trip. I was using the 5″ on a #4 weighted owner twistlock (didn’t realize I didn’t grab any jigheads, so it was my only option). They seemed to hit when I’d stop reeling, but if I did a straight reel, they just followed it without hitting it. Both reds I caught were when I let it fall.

Richard Fiorentino
Member

Even after sticking the hook through, I still have problems with ZMans and twist look hooks. I am older than most of your members and arthritis sucks. Have you ever tried, or could you try the Slam Shady with a worm hook, like the Mustad weighted grip pin 4/0 1/8 oz. It is much easier for me to rig. Thanks

Casey Simons
Member

great information, thank you!

Barry Scott
Member

The material you guys share is invaluable….I live in Atlanta, so I fish fresh water alot, but when I head down to Florida I use your tools all the time…..Love the Free “Live Bait Fishing” book…Keep doin what you guys are doin….We appreciate it tons !!

Mike Foy
Member

Luke
great information. Thanks.
Question / confirmation — you use mono , but fluro is ok to use — just a cost factor?
Second– the knots used to tie to the hook or jighead loop knot only? how about a uni knot? any others?
Lastly, I live on a canal (about 4-8 foot deep) in port charlotte. Do you think the slam shady would be effective casting off my dock?
Will be in Florida in a week — can’t wait to start fishing again!

William Dees
Member

Luke, Do you pre-rig your soft plastic on the hooks before you leave the dock ?
Thanks
Bill

Daniel Kalson
Member

Awesome stuff, Luke and Team. I’ve been noticing the posts about the Slam Shady. But, I haven’t tried it yet. I catch most of my fish on topwater, jerk shads, and twitch baits. I definitely need to get with the program. 😃

David Simmet
Member

I’m really interested in putting more flounder on my stringer. I’ve caught decent flounder on the 4 inch Slam Shady but they seem to be far in between. Knowing that mud minnows and finger mullet work well, do you think dropping down to a 3 inch bait, will increase my flattie catch ratio?

Theresa Girolami
Member

Hello to everyone,

I’m brand new to fishing and am really excited to land some great eating fish. I live in Maryland and fish the Chesapeake mostly pier fishing as I don’t have access to a boat.

Here is a question for Wyatt or any of the Simonds, I recently talked to Wyatt and was supposed to get some of the Slam Shady Paddletails but received 4 pair of scissors. the packing slip says paddletails but none were included. Is that a misunderstanding on my part?

Newbie

James Hundley
Member

Ordered the 3” Slam Shaddy and 1/4 oz. trout eye jigs. I fished Sabine Lake, Texas yesterday using the above bait combo. By mid morning the guide ask, “what are you using”? The other guys were making fun of my references to Salt Strong and the Slam Shady. Guess who caught the most specs, reds, and flounder?
Wish I had ordered more!
Jim

William Mixson, Jr
Member

How did you come up with the name Slam Shady?

Danny Valdes
Member

Hi Luke, I have been absolutely slaying the fish with these slam shady paddletails ever since picking them up a few months ago! I do have a question and an issue I’ve found my self running into with these Zmans. Well I’m not sure if its user error, Zman material, or the trout eyes jig heads. The issue I find myself having is that the bait slides down the jig head past the 2 spikes that are supposed to anchor it down. This tends to happen to me more often after catching a few fish. I have to continuously try to push the bait back to the original position, very annoying! Trust me I even yank the heck of them way over the head of the jig. It seems like the zman material after a while begins to warp and the hole gets bigger that the spikes no longer can hold on. I appreciate this little how to lessons and will try to accommodate some of the tips you suggest. Thank you!

Richard Fiorentino
Member

Great videos Luke. On the popping cork do you use mono or flouro? Also, do you think you have had more success with the 5″ Zman because it scented?

Kieth Holt
Member

Thank you for the info! Very informative.

Dyke Easterday
Member

Do these lures dry out when storing after short use? Should I store in sealed bag?

A. Rollins
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A. Rollins

They’re a soft plastic. But, unlike Gulp they will not dry out. However, try to store Z-Baits in their original package, to avoid the melt factor, they’re known for.

Ed Librick
Member

Thanks Luke, love your information videos

Mark R Johnson
Member

Great set of videos.. have you seen or tried the new Zman Texas weedless jighead?
https://www.zmanfishing.com/cms/products/texas-eye-jigheads/

Mark R Johnson
Member

Question.. does it make a difference to have an eye on a jig head versus a plain jig head?

Eric
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Eric

Hey luke,
First off …Great videos .
I haven’t tried my slam shadies yet. I want to try them in fresh water for Kokanee (land lock silver salmon) and Mackina’s (lake trout). To get them down deeper I plan to use a diving rig. I’m hoping to get more time next year to fish them for Kings in the Puget Sound.
Do you have any thoughts on this?
And does Salt Strong / Slam Shadie have any thoughts on producing a herring or smelt color, (blue, black or green) plastic for us on the west coast?

Thanks Eric

Dan Pavlovich
Member

Do you put Pro-Cure on the Slam Shady?

Jack Noor
Member

Luke great information on this video, however I have experienced a problem trying to tie a loop knot with the twistlock hooks. Sometimes the fluorocarbon line gets on the other side of the loop handle of the twist mechanism, if that makes sense. Is there anything I need to pay more attention to when tying that loop knot to this hook? Thanks

Brian Biolchini
Member

I have rigged the 5” Zman on just a worm hook with no weight the paddle tail will let the bait float above shallow grass and oysters down side is the retrieve is very slow

A. Rollins
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A. Rollins

Hey Brian B. What size worm and style hook do you using with the 5″ Slam Shady? If I’d had to guess, a 5/0 or 6/0 Mustad KVD Grip-Pin 2x fine wire hook?

Tom Watts
Member

Luke, Terrific! Thank you. Tom Watts, Naples, Fl.

Anonymous
Guest
Anonymous

Thanks Luke been struggling trying to get it right. You answered all my questions.

Adam Austin
Member

Love it. The 4″ is the only one I bought, but I definitely will try other sizes. Being middle of the road, I had a great weekend slaying trout and redfish on the 4″. Pretty much any size fish I have presented it to has hit it. The thing I’ve found though is there will be some missed strikes on the 4″ with the trout eye jig head. I am going to test it with the redfish eye jig which has a longer hook shank. I think they’re hitting the tail and missing the hook, but those are smaller fish I’m not really trying to catch too.

Greg and Cindy Batchelor
Member

Great report Luke. I am really liking Slam. Thanks for the rigging tips!

Gary Brady
Member

Very good instructions for the slam shady, thanks Luke. I’ve caught the majority of my fish this summer with them, jack’s, mackerel and plenty of snook. Working on getting my first redfish.

William DeMott
Member

Nice helpful video. I usually fish out of Crystal River but was recently fishing in the surf off jetties in the Panhandle. Floating algae was a problem from the shore. I caught a nice red from a jetty with a 1 oz jig and the 5 ” slam shady. The fish took the lure so deeply that the first two inches of line disappeared into the red’s mouth. Surprised me that the fish inhaled the lure so deeply.