Slam Shady vs. Alabama Leprechaun: Best Times To Use Each Lure
It’s no surprise that we love using the Alabama Leprechaun jerk shad and the Slam Shady paddletail.
They’re our two custom soft plastic lures that we designed based on feedback from thousands of anglers, scientific research, and tons of real-life testing on the water.
And we’re always recommending them both because they work really well.
But here’s a question we get a lot:
When should I use the Slam Shady and when should I use the Alabama Leprechaun?
That’s a great question because there are some times when we definitely recommend using one over the other and in this video, I’m going to show you exactly when those times are.
You’ll also learn the two best ways to rig these lures, and when you should choose one over the other.
Check out the video below.
Slam Shady vs. Alabama Leprechaun [VIDEO]
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When To Use The Alabama Leprechaun
The Alabama Leprechaun is a 5″ jerk shad that’s a watermelon color with red and gold flakes.
It’s best for clear, shallow water (3′ or less) and when you’re sight fishing.
This is because this lure is a finesse bait.
In these conditions, the fish are hunting by sight, so you want a subtle lure that’s going to dart through the water and generate a reaction strike.
The split tail doesn’t create that much vibration in the water and the gold and red flakes create just enough flash to catch a fish’s attention without spooking it off (like a hot pink or chartreuse lure would in clear water).
When To Use The Slam Shady
The Slam Shady 2.0 is a 3.5″ paddletail that’s white with silver and gold flakes.
It’s a very versatile lure, but is best when fish are relying on other senses more than their sight.
This includes in darker or choppy water.
This is because fish are feeding by smell and feel in this situation, and the paddletail gives off vibration that lets the fish feel where it is.
It can also be effective in clear water, but I prefer to fish during low light conditions (dawn, dusk, or overcast) when I’m using the Slam Shady in clear water.
How To Rig The Slam Shady & Alabama Leprechaun
How to rig these two lures is based on depth and current.
In water 4′ or more, I typically rig them both on a 3/0 1/8 oz. Owner TwistLock hook.
I like the 1/16 oz. version of this hook too, but I’ve found the 1/8 oz. version is more versatile and I can cast it farther.
If you’re fishing in shallow water, keep the rod tip up to bounce it off of the bottom, and if you’re fishing in deeper water, just keep the rod tip down to make the lure stay closer to the bottom.
Now, if you’re fishing in water deeper than 4′, or there’s a really strong current, then I would go with a jig head.
You can choose a heavier jig head, which will help your lure get to the bottom quicker, and since jig heads are weighted in the front, the lure dives straight down and gets to the bottom more effectively.
If you’re fishing in clear, calm, shallow water, where fish are hunting by sight, go with the Alabama Leprechaun.
But if you’re fishing in darker water where fish are hunting by feeling vibration in the water, then go with the Slam Shady.
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