Why It’s Important To Understand Paddletail Action Underwater
Do you often wonder what a fish sees when you swim your paddletail lure through the water?
It is so important for presentation to understand the type of action your paddletail creates in the water.
Why do you ask?
Find out in this new video!
You’ve Got To See This Underwater Paddletail Comparison [VIDEO]
This will give you a better idea of which type of paddletail you should be using in a given situation based on the action the lure gives off.
All of the hooks in this demonstration will be rigged on a 4/0 Owner Weighted Twistlock Hook.
Slam Shady Bomber
This is a larger 5-inch paddletail gives off more vibrations than smaller paddletails.
A Slam Shady Bomber is an excellent choice in murky water or windy conditions because it will grab the attention of fish.
You will need to fish this lure in current or with a faster retrieve to create the vibrating action of the tail.
The Bomber’s tail does not kick much in stagnant water using a slow retrieve.
If you are using a thicker paddletail that requires more resistance to produce the kicking motion, you will need current or a fast retrieve.
When bouncing the bomber along the bottom, the tail does not move much when descending back down because of the thickness of the lure.
If you went with a heavier weight on the hook, the Bomber or other thick paddletails can have more tail action on their way down.
Slam Shady 2.0
The Slam Shady 2.0 is a 3.5 inch paddletail that has constant tail action.
It is made of a slightly different material than the Bomber and has a thin connection from body to tail which creates a lot of kick.
Fast or slow retrieve the Slam Shady 2.0 for constant kicking action.
You should work this lure either in the middle of the water column or along the bottom.
When this lure is bounced along the bottom, the tail will kick on both the way down and up.
Any type of retrieve with this lure will provide an enticing presentation to a fish.
This lure has a very skinny tail section so it gives off less of a vibration.
If there are finicky fish in either murky or clear water, this lure would be a great choice.
This lure would excel in clean water because you do not want as much tail vibration as other paddletails.
The best action with this lure can be created through rod twitches that cause the lure to dart back and forth.
A slow, aggressive twitch paired with a slow retrieve can give this lure an attractive darting action.
It is almost a cross between a paddletail and a jerk shad.
Z-Man lures are very buoyant so when this lure is worked at the bottom and falls back down after popping up, it sinks very slowly compared to other paddletails.
The lure stands on its head when it reaches the bottom which can be useful if you are fishing in grass flats or structure on the bottom and you want the lure to stand out.
The MinnowZ is a very standard type of paddletail lure.
Again, this is a Z-Man lure which means it is a little more buoyant and might need a heavier hook than other paddletails.
This paddletail can be used in various conditions in clear water or murky water.
Similar to the Slam Shady 2.0, retrieving this lure at a fast or slow pace creates a tail vibration.
If you twitch this lure or bounce it along the bottom, this lure will not have tail kicking action as it sinks.
It spirals on its way back down to the bottom and is less consistent than the Slam Shady 2.0.
All paddletails have slight variations and differences that cause them to create different actions and a variety of presentations.
That can ultimately be the make or break between catching fish or not.
You should use these tips and information to better equip yourself with the proper paddletails for various conditions you’re fishing in!
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