Paddletails vs Split Tails (Best Colors, Sizes, Rigging, & More)


It’s fishing lure face-off time!

Today, we’re talking all about paddletails vs. split tails.

These are two of the most popular lures and they’re really effective, but how do you know which one to choose and when?

That’s exactly what you’re going to find out today.

I’ve got the Salt Strong Fishing Coaches with me weighing in on this topic and they’ve all got great insights into this debate.

Here’s a sneak peek into what we covered:

  • The best colors for both of these lures (and which color to NEVER use)
  • What the best lure sizes are (it depends on several factors, but especially time of year)
  • The best way to rig these two lures
  • Which sense fish rely on most (smell vs. sight)
  • And much more

You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I recommend since we show a few of these lures and rigs), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

P.S. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify and leave us a review!

Paddletails vs. Split Tails [VIDEO]

Sign up for FREE to receive the latest saltwater fishing videos, tutorials, product reviews, and fishing product discounts!

➡ Click here to join the Insider Club

Paddletails vs. Split Tails [PODCAST]

salt strong podcast itunes

salt strong podcast stitcher

salt strong podcast spotify

Note: Don’t forget to subscribe to the Salt Strong podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify and leave us a review!

➡ Click here to join the Insider Club

Related Podcasts:

Mentioned lures & hooks

Here’s a timestamped table of contents from my conversation with the Salt Strong Fishing Coaches about paddletails vs. split tails:

1:30 – When to use paddletails vs. split tails

5:15 – What size hooks and jig heads to use with these lures

7:14 – Pros and cons of the Texas Eye jig head

7:41 – What size hooks and jig heads to use with these lures (continued)

10:13 – Paddletails vs. split tails in North & South Carolina

12:54 – Whether or not to use a loop knot with a Texas Eye jig head

14:40 – How lure buoyancy affects what weight to use

17:56 – Whether or not to use jig heads with split tails

19:03 – When to use a jig vs. a weighted swimbait hook with paddletails

24:21 – Why the specific action and size of the lure is so important

29:45 – How much color matters for soft plastics

34:46 – Which sense fish rely on the most when hunting (sight vs. smell)

36:30 – What size lures to use and when

41:55 – What water temperature is the water when you consider it “winter fishing”?

46:35 – What our go-to late fall lures are

47:46 – “Perimeter weighting” your jerk baits (what it means and why it’s so effective)


set hook with big paddletails

It’s always a pleasure to have the Salt Strong Fishing Coaches together on the podcast!

Both paddletails and split tails are excellent baits, but when to use them and how to rig them depends on the conditions you’re fishing.

What are the fish feeding on?

What’s the water temperature?

How deep is the water?

How strong is the current?

Ask yourself these questions before you decide on either one of these lures and you’ll start making better decisions about which one to go with!

Have any questions about split tails vs. paddletails?

Let us know down in the comments!

And if you know someone who needs to hear this episode, please TAG or SHARE this with them!

P.S. Want access to our best fishing spots and tips, plus discounts to our online tackle store? Click here to join us in the Insider Club!

Related articles:

Related categories:

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Allan Vrboncic
1 year ago

Have you guys ever used just a circle hook in the nose of the Alabama Leprechaun or Slam Shady Jerk Shadz? When fishing this winter in the Big Bend Area, we had to slow things down. One slow presentation that was slaying the trout, was using a circle hook in the nose of Flukes. Slow twitch’s and a pause. Now that I am an Insider, I can try that presentation with the Alabama Leprechaun or Jerk Shadz when you get them in. Just a thought.

Philip Gammans
1 year ago

Awesome episode guys! Ive heard it like 6 times already. Just got in my new bombers and shads, cant wait to hit the water this week.

Michael McDowell
1 year ago

Amazing amount of information offered in an entertaining setting. Mutual respect for each others’ perspective. This pod cast is worthy the annual members fee. Keep em coming. Much Thanks.

Frank Ryan
1 year ago

I am using the Bomber with a 1/4oz snakelock jig head 4/0 hook, with great success on the Chesapeake Bat tribs. Great lure.

1 year ago

Love the Alabama Leprechaun. Have caught numerous red drum trout and flounder! Artificial shrimp such as DOA have been working well. When will you have your new shrimp available from Europe? Would love to try that!
Thank you

Anthony Bishop
1 year ago

Could you guys refresh my memory when it is that you use the weighted hooks like the chinlokz?

Thomas Campbell
1 year ago

I use paddle tails as a search bait to cover water. Like mark said, if I start getting hits, or I see a lot of activity. I’ll slow down and use the fluke. However I can also do both with a ned rig. I will say that the gulp jerk shads are still my favorite. Good video guys!


Do what the “SMART ANGLERS” are doing and join the Insider Club.

Here’s what you’ll receive today when you join:

Other Fishing Tips You May Like :

Pro Tip For Adding Scent To Your Soft Plastic Lures

This tip will let you catch more fish, save time, AND keep your lures from sticking together when it gets hot. All you have to do is put...
See Full post

Strong Angler Of The Week: Garrett Walker

Check out this story of why you don't want to stick in a spot if it's not working and how to catch fish even if the day isn't going as...
See Full post
No comments

Tsunami Salt X Spinning Reel Unboxing (Specs, When To Use, & More)

Thinking about getting the Tsunami Salt X spinning reel? Check out this unboxing video and see the specs, best applications to use it, and more.
See Full post
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x