SFT Slammer Series Paddletail Lure Review [Top 3 Pros & Cons]

By: Luke Simonds on October 31, 2018
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SFT Slammer Series Paddletail review

A lure you probably haven’t heard of yet is the SFT Slammer Series Paddletail lure from Southeastern Fishing Tackle in Tampa.

This is a soft plastic lure that can be rigged on a weedless hook and a jighead.

My favorite way to rig this lure is using a weighted weedless hook and fishing it in shallow water.

I’ve had some good results using this lure — including catching my fattest and heaviest redfish on it earlier this year while fishing with C.A. Richardson in Louisiana.

After using this lure for a lot of fishing and catching a good amount of fish with it, I wanted to give you my honest review of the SFT Slammer Series Paddletail.

In this review, I give you my top pros and cons for the SFT Slammer Series Paddletail. You can also see some cool footage of this lure catching some big fish and tips for rigging this lure in the video review at the bottom of the article.

Note: All our reviews are unbiased and independent. If you’ve used the SFT Slammer Series Paddletail, let us know what you thought of it in the comments section. Your honest feedback is always welcomed and appreciated! 

The Pros Of The SFT Slammer Series Paddletail

SFT Slammer Series Paddletail Pack

In this section, I cover the top pros for the SFT Slammer Series Paddletail, which are:

1. Good Action

This lure has some great action and looks good moving in the water. It also has good action without wobbling too much and looking unnatural — which many paddletail lures do because their tail is too big for the lure.

2. Casts Far

The SFT Slammer Series Paddletail’s body is thicker and denser than most paddletail lures. This allows you to cast it much farther than your average soft plastic lure and to cover more water with the lure.

3. Skip Cast

The lure skip casts very well under docks and mangroves because of how dense it is. I’ve noticed that the skips are very straight and have a good trajectory as well. I love to rig these lures on a weighted weedless hook like the Mustad Grip Pin Hook and skip it far back into the mangroves.

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The Cons Of The SFT Slammer Series Paddletail

SFT Slammer Series Paddletail

In this section, I go over the top cons of the SFT Slammer Series Paddletail, which are:

1. Hard To Find

These lures are not the easiest to get your hands on. You either have to buy them on the Southeastern Fishing Tackle website or go to their store in Tampa to get them.

2. Big & Bulky

Because of the size of this lure, they are not great for targeting smaller fish. These baits are bigger and will help you weed out the smaller fish from the bigger ones, but may not be the best choice to catch a bunch of fish of any size on.

3. Requires Heavier Rod

You really need a little bit of extra power when using this lure than your average inshore fishing outfit gives you. The bigger lure works better for me on a stronger rod than the rod I would normally throw for average size trout and reds.

SFT Slammer Series Paddletail Video Review

In this video, I give you my full review of the SFT Slammer Series Paddletail Lure. I also show you some fish catching footage using this lure and the best way to rig it.

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Conclusion

SFT Slammer Series Paddletail Review Conclusion

I have caught some nice fish using this lure and really like how far it casts.

It definitely weeds out the smaller fish and is not my top choice to catch a lot of small fish; however, you can catch some very big fish using this lure.

You can buy this lure on the Southeastern Fishing Tackle website here.

If you have any questions about this lure or review let us know in the comments section!

Tight Lines!

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Paul Giannetto
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Hi Luke. What rod do you use for slinging these heavier plastics?

RICHARD FIORENTINO
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Would like to try Slammer, but the shipping at $6.70 is a little steep. Anyplace other than SFT where we can buy them? If you think it is worth it for members to try can Salt Strong buy some in bulk and offer to members?

John Martin
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Seems that all I learned fishing up north jigging works down here Salmon Musky northern pike big bass walleye crappy all love plugs and gigs. Was fool at first by Beckely .
I have tons and tons of plastic from garage sales. I know here tides structure, seasonal changes are the key to finding fish. Then you must cast on target, rig the bait to avoid helicopter 🚁 ing . My boat now is a go anyway Expandacraft. Com 21’ tripe pontoon ( plastic 4 ft sections,
Deck 8 x 19’ that’s 152 sq ft of working platform. I can make a 12’ kayak 3’ wide and paddles from parts in my boat. Image a boat you want and Wesley Stevens in Gulfport St Pete’s has the parts.
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John Martin 941-451-4280

Bill Kulig
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I like the action I see on those. I use paddle tails up in Long Island sound in the CT shore and rivers. These don’t look as bulky, should work great on the late fall stripers. I’ll need a smaller version for late winter hold overs if they get to making one.. I going to stop and pick up some for while I’m down here and see what trouble I can ge in with them.

Dave Otte
Member

Luke , what do you think about this paddletail for wintertime fishing? Would you stick with this or go to another brand in the root beer color? Thanks for the great info!!

Larry Born
Member

How are you retrieving this paddle tail?

Mark H Hurley
Member

I can’t find the lurer by the name you gave on their website just a grub tail not a paddle tail

Mark H Hurley
Member

The one you were holding is the sf t bass fisher paddle tail fresh water does it matter or will the same lure work for saltwater

Dave Otte
Member

It is in the freshwater section. The name is “SFT SLAMMER SERIES SASSY SWIMMER 4.5″ SALT STRONG”
It took me a while to find it!

Bruce Somers
Member

Luke this was a good report. Thank you for sharing the information I will check out the website. I can imagine Snook and Tarpon going after this. By the way, I liked the “fishing education that can be trusted”
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Gary Rankel
Member

Thanks, Luke…..I love my Zman paddletails, but have been looking for one I can cast further. Will be putting in an order for these.

RICHARD FIORENTINO
Member

Have you compared it to the Slayer SST paddletail?

RICHARD FIORENTINO
Member

Is the one you use the watermelon/ green pumpkin color?

John Frymier
Member

I picked up a couple packs while I was on their website using the Insider discount. I put it on a 4/0 Owner and have used for 30 minute dusk → night bridge fishing this summer – where I’m really just interested in bigger fish. I’ve caught mostly trout with it, though a few reds here and there. No flounder, and there are few snook in St Augustine. Though – speaking of snook – I have caught several this year in my cast net – 3 inches long or so.

Fred Zaiko
Member

How does the lure fare when attacked by smaller fish like blow fish. Does it tear easily. I go through eight or nine doa shrimp a day fishing in Tampa bay.

Steven Free
Member

Wow that is big I’m now addicted to the 360 gt coastal searchbait paddletail by storm lures the paddletail can be adjusted by removing the small piece of plastic that is a brace on the paddletail by removing it it really gives the paddletail action otherwise if you leave it on it moves but very subtly I have caught numerous reds flounder and a few trout its also great with a twist lock hook in that it has a groove on the bottom of the lure so the hook can be weedless anyways maybe I’ll try that lure your testing thanks for all you guys do😁