Z-Man Redfish Eye Jighead VS. Trout Eye Jighead

What are the main differences between the Z-Man Trout Eye Jighead and the Z-Man Redfish Eye Jighead?

When should you be using either jighead?

Both jigheads are designed for different lures and different situations!

Check out more below!

Redfish Eye Jighead VS. Trout Eye Jighead [VIDEO]

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First off, the Trout Eye and Redfish Eye jigheads do not only catch trout or redfish, respectively!

They can catch a whole variety of inshore fish!

There are subtle differences between the jigheads that make them uniquely applicable in different situations.

Moreover, there are different soft plastic lures that match up perfectly with each type of jighead.

Differences Between The Jigheads

The Trout Eye has a 2/0 Mustad hook as its base hook.

On the other hand, the Redfish Eye is a 4/0 Mustad hook.

The Trout Eye jighead is about an inch and a half in total length from nose to end of the shank.

While the Redfish Eye is just a bit over 2 inches in length.

The difference in shank length means that these two jighead styles will match up better with different-length soft plastic lures.

Upon closer examination, you will notice the eye-point or tie-point, where you tie your leader onto the jighead, are at different angles on the two jigheads.

You will notice the eye-point on the Trout Eye is a bit further back on the jighead in comparison to the Redfish Eye.

On the Redfish Eye, the eye-point is further forward.

The forward-facing, straighter eye-point on a jighead is more conducive to straight-retrieving your soft plastic lures.

The Redfish Eye can work when bouncing bottom, however, will work best when using a paddletail or a lure with a straight retrieve.

Matching Soft Plastic Lures To The Jigheads

While all of the jigheads mentioned in the video can work with a variety of different soft plastics, some jigheads work better with different lures.

The biggest factor is the length of the soft plastic and the length of the hook.

The Trout Eye Jighead will pair better with shorter soft plastic lures.

A 3-inch paddletail will pair excellently with this jighead style.

The shorter shank of the hook won’t be so far in the paddletail and impede the intended action of the lure.

As far as the Redfish Eye goes, it is a longer shank jighead that will pair better with longer, 5-inch paddletails.

The longer shank on the jighead will go further back in the lure and will still not impede the action.

You could put a longer paddletail, such as the Slam Shady Bomber, on the Trout Eye and it would work.

However, the benefit of having a longer shank hook on longer paddletails is to prevent short strikes.

This means if a trout, redfish, or even flounder looks to strike your lure, they might only bite the backside of the lure.

Not all fish are going to fully commit and engulf the entire soft plastic lure.

If you are using a longer shank jighead matched up with the appropriate-sized soft plastic lure, you can prevent short strikes.

What Do You Do With 4-Inch Soft Plastic Lures?

If the 3-inch lures are best with a Trout Eye Jighead and the 5-inch lures are best with the Redfish Eye Jighead, then what should you rig a 4-inch soft plastic lure on?

At the end of the day, either style jighead will work well with 4-inch soft plastic lures.

If you decide to go with the shorter shank Trout Eye Jighead, you are aiming to maximize the performance of your soft plastic lure.

More of the back end of the lure will not be impeded by the shank of the hook.

The other school of thought is that if you go with the Redfish Eye, you could reduce some of the action, but you are focused on preventing short strikes from trout or redfish.


trout eye vs redfish eye jig head

Various lengths of soft plastic lures will pair better with different lengths of jighead shanks depending on how they either enhance or impede the lure’s action and improve hook-up performance.

While soft plastic lures and jigheads can be used universally, there are benefits to having certain length soft plastics paired with the right jighead shank length.

Be sure to keep in mind the desired action and presentation you want when choosing the jighead and its soft plastic lure pairing!

If you have any questions on any of the tackle used in this video, please ask me down in the comments!

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Brett Landon
1 year ago

Thanks for this post! I’ve mostly been using Trout Eye, never thinking about why I would want to use Redfish Eye.

Brian Higgins
1 year ago

Will either of these jigheads work well well for 1)4 crabs?

Gerald Dexter
1 year ago

well done , Thanks

Pablo Diaz
1 year ago

Nice video Justin – it really clarifies the best approach for the Soft plastics

Durbin Wells
1 year ago

Well done … clear, concise, and informative. You guys really do “get it”! Thank you

Steve Miller
1 year ago

The screwdriver to screw comparison was a nice touch. It seems that this same principal can be applied a lot in the wide world of fishing and even for a lot more things. That standard screwdriver can work ok in some cases with the phillips screw, but will never do as good as the phillips to phillips pairing. Like it!

1 year ago

Thanks for the video

Rick Daniel
1 year ago

Nice tip, appreciate the detail in your tutorials.

Norman Sullivan
1 year ago

Thanks for this. Duh. I had not even noticed the difference. I just thought it was about the color of the eyes. Luckily, I have been accidentally catching fish with both. —Now, maybe I’ll do better. lol

Bob Strange
1 year ago

Hey Justin, just a side question/comment, with the slam shady do you prefer a straight or a bouncing retrieve, or does it depend on water depth and current speed?


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