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.

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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Gerald Pierce
16 days ago

Can you use these fishing dock lights at night ??

Enrico Hatz
1 month ago

What type of jig head could I use with the slam shady to catch strikers from the shore?

Michael Guay
1 month ago

Thanks for your rigging information I’m in to deep water. Use some shrimp today caught a few puffers and small snappers.

Michael Guay
2 months ago

Thanks for your fishing trips and storage hints really appreciated. Mike

Fritz Gutwein
6 months ago

How long can you leave them rigged on your pole or store them after use?

Thomas Styles
6 months ago

How about reeling from a kayak sitting position?

Lisa Faulk
6 months ago
Reply to  Thomas Styles

I have the same question but I guess experiment

Scott Morrison
6 months ago

Been there done that with mixing soft plastics…rookie mistake, what a mess!!!
Didn’t watch these videos soon enough.

paul collins
6 months ago

good afternoon,

thank you for posting these video’s – i have not found much here that was not helpful – nice Team work, I have a question please, all answers welcome – looking at Luke’s tackle bag, which tackle bags/backpacks do you like ? I have seen many with reviews of a product being loved for many reasons and same product with less favorable reviews.


Last edited 6 months ago by paul collins
paul collins
6 months ago
Reply to  Luke Simonds

perfect and thank you !

Gary Bowen
6 months ago

Very helpful and informative. I am new to fishing and this has helped me learn at a quicker pace than being on my own.

Roger Csajko
7 months ago

Never knew about mixing. Repacking now. Lol


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