Slayer SST vs. DOA CAL Shad Review [Rigging Tips & Underwater Demo]
By: Tony Acevedo on September 20, 2018
Two inshore lures that I have used regularly to target redfish, trout and other inshore gamefish are the Slayer Inc. SST (Sinister Swim Tail) and the D.O.A. CAL Shad.
Both of these are soft plastic paddle tail lures.
I like to use these lures in shallow water grass flats rigged weedless on a twist lock hook or on a jig head.
After fishing with both of these lures for a while, I wanted to give you my honest review of them and show you how they look in the water.
In this article, I go over how to rig these lures and which one has the best underwater action. You can see the full underwater demo in the video review at the bottom of the article.
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Slayer SST & D.O.A. CAL Shad Specs
Although the Slayer SST and D.O.A. CAL Shad are similar, there are some differences between the two lures.
Slayer SST Specs
These lures are scented and each pack is lined with Slayer Inc.’s “special sauce” for added attractant.
The Slayer SST comes in 3 different sizes:
- 3.5″ SST – Weighs 6 grams and comes with 10 per pack. Can be fished on a 3/0 or 4/0 weedless hook.
- 4″ SST XL – Weighs 9.4 grams and comes with 7 per pack. Can be fished on a 4/0 or 5/0 weedless hook.
- 5″ SST Grande – Coming Soon
The Slayer SST comes in 56 different color combinations.
The Slayer SST packs are $5.25 on the Slayer Inc. website.
D.O.A. CAL Shad Specs
The D.O.A. CAL Shad is available in two sizes — a 3″ and 4″ model.
The 3″ D.O.A. CAL Shad comes in 62 different color variations. The 4″ D.O.A. CAL Shad comes in 14 color variations.
There are different pack options as well.
For the 3″ D.O.A. CAL Shad, you can get packs of 12 for $4.49 and packs of 50 for $11.99 on the D.O.A. website.
For the 4″ D.O.A. CAL Shad, you can get packs of six for $4.99.
Slayer SST vs. D.O.A. CAL Shad Video Review [Underwater Demo]
In this video, I go over the key differences between the Slayer SST and the D.O.A. CAL Shad and show you what kind of action each lure has with an underwater demo.
Out of these two lures, the Slayer SST is going to give you the most action in the water.
The extra weight with the Slayer SST also allows you to cast it farther than the D.O.A. CAL Shad.
These are both good lures, but my top choice is the Slayer SST.
Remember, we are not affiliated with any lure companies. All our reviews are objective and unbiased.
Let us know which one of these lures is your favorite in the comments section.
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