Little-Known Paddletail Lure Rigging Secrets (That Increase Strikes)

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When most people rig a paddletail on a jig head or weighted swimbait hook, they just rig it the same as everyone else…

But what if there’s a better way to rig them?

What if you rig them upside down?

Or what if you manipulate the lure to better resemble the baitfish your target species is going after?

Could that help you catch more fish?

In this video, I’ll show you a few unique ways to rig or change your paddletail to get more strikes.

Enjoy!

Paddletail Rigging Secrets [VIDEO]

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Now, let’s get into some of the little-know ways you can rig or manipulate your paddletails for more strikes.

Tip #1: Cut off the tip of the paddletail to help the jig head stay better

Some paddletails (like the Slam Shady 2.0) have a narrow nose.

If you cut the nose off so that where the jig head now goes is thicker, it will help the jig head stay better.

Note: don’t do this if you’re using a weighted swimbait hook because it will make it less hydrodynamic, plus it’s not necessary.

Tip #2: Cut up to an inch off of the paddletail if the baitfish are small

You want to match the hatch, and if the gamefish are feeding on two-inch baitfish, but you have a three-inch paddletail, then cut the first inch off of the paddletail to make it smaller and match the baitfish.

However, make sure to not cut too much off of the front because then the hook could end up coming out too close to the tail and give it less action.

Tip #3: Cut the tail off of the paddletail if the baitfish are small and the gamefish are deep

This is something that Luke has been doing often and it’s been working very well for him.

The tail slows the lure down in the water, and if the fish are deeper than three or four feet, then cutting the tail can help the lure quickly get down deep to where the predators are.

In this case, you’d work the lure just like a jerk bait.

Also, if a pufferfish bites the tail off of your lure, you can work it like a jerk bait instead of throwing it away.

Tip #4: Rig the paddletail upside down

Rigging a paddletail upside down doesn’t seem to have too much of an effect on the action of the lure… if anything, it might even give it more action (see how they compare in the video).

Just like rigging it right-side-up, you can clip the front off of it if you’re using a jig head, but the main difference here is that you want to insert the hook a little lower so that it doesn’t come right out of the slot on the bottom (now top) of the lure.

And the advantage of rigging a paddletail upside down is that the slot allows more clearance for the hook to get into the fish’s mouth.

Tip #5: If you put the hook of the jig head too far back in the lure, pull it back to fix it

If you place the hook too far back in the body of the lure and the lure is scrunched up and crooked, you can pull the tail of the lure back, which rips the lure, but allows it to sit straight on the jig head

This is better than taking the lure off because that will rip the front of it and will keep it from securely staying on the hook.

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Conclusion

trout on paddletail

Hope you enjoyed these out-of-the-box rigging tips!

Which one are you going to try?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Mark Kenda
10 months ago

Very informative Tony, thank you so much for the great video. I really like the upside down rigging, feeling will make it more weedless. Thanks again.

Forest Duncan
10 months ago

Tony, excellent tips! I have not tried tearing the lure as you demonstrate on a Z-man soft plastic but suspect it is not as easy to do as on the Salt Strong lure. Is that your and others’ experience?

Mike
10 months ago

I noticed that most of the baits were not straight. Does the curve in the tail straighten out when you reel the bait in or do you need to do something to straighten them out before rigging?

10 months ago
Reply to  Mike

With paddletails, the drag of the water as it’s retrieved will straighten them out, so it’s not a big deal if they are slightly curved in the package.

Anonymous
10 months ago

Thanks, Tony. I’m new to using paddle tails and was not sure the “right way” of rigging them, not sure which way to was up or down. The many videos helped, but now I realize it doesn’t really matter.

Last edited 10 months ago by Anonymous
juan pollo
9 months ago

I ordered some but I never got in Mali

Barbara Flowers
9 months ago

Who’s your new guy out of Jacksonville Florida

Mitchell Smith
6 months ago

Good video, but you wus LOL. We have been blighting the head off for years. I actually developed an affinity for garlic baits.

Marcy Bristo
6 months ago

What an AWESOME video with some priceless tips! Those who aren’t Insiders better get on board quick! I’ve always fished primarily with live shrimp, but that can get very expensive with a boatful of people. I am trying to be a more patient angler and use artificial! These tips are so very helpful!
Tony, i definitely agree with another comment on your great level of teachability! You make info easy to grasp and don’t just spout out knowledge, but have rationale that brings it all together!
That’s interesting that you started out with an interest in law enforcement! Being married to a cop, I’ve seen and heard how a large portion of what he does involves teaching, and he would be the first to say that “patience” is a learned trait!
Thanks for what you do!

John Krueger
1 month ago

Thanks for those great tips Tony I actually experienced the situation where there were small bait fish around and I didn’t even think about cutting the bait down to size that’s an awesome tip also I’ve had my jig heads pull through or slip off the lure because the material was so thin at the top so trimming that nose off or tip off here’s another great tip thank you so much. I’ve been doing it wrong

Ron Mattson. SR
1 month ago

Thank You Tony excellent video.

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