Simple Paddletail Rigging Trick To Increase Hookups
If you ask 100 professional anglers what their favorite lure for catching redfish, trout, snook, and flounder is…
Most of them will say it’s a paddletail.
Predator fish love smashing paddletails, but I’ve been hearing a lot recently about people having trouble getting a good hookset with them.
Not all paddletails are created equal and there are some that are missing one key element that makes them much better at catching fish.
In this video, I’m going to show what that element is and teach you a little trick on how to get a better hookup ratio with them.
Check it out below!
Paddletail Trick To Increase Hookups [VIDEO]
When most people have problems with getting a good hookset, it’s because there’s too much plastic in the way.
The plastic blocks the hook from digging into the fish’s mouth, so the fish spits it before it they’re hooked.
You can see what I mean in the image at the top of this post where the hook on the left has very little room to get into a fish’s mouth, but the hook on the right has a lot of room.
This problem especially happens when you’re rigging them on wide gap hooks without a slit.
If there’s not a slit, then the lure could get in the way and cause you to miss fish.
So what can you do if the lures you’re using don’t have a slit in them?
Just take a knife and cut a slit about half the height of the lure in the fattest part of it.
Start about a quarter inch from the front and stop the cut where the lure starts to get skinny by the tail.
This will leave you with a slit that can allow the hook to get out of the way when a fish strikes, which will help you catch more fish.
Slits in the bottom of soft plastic paddletails allow the lure to slide down the hook and out of the way of the hook point when you’re using wide gap hooks.
If you’re using a lure without a slit, you can simply cut your own with a knife.
You can get my favorite paddletails (that have slits in them already) from our shop below:
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