Unique Redfish & Trout Rigs (That Are Underrated But Work Great)


Do you like switching it up and trying out new lures and rigs on the water?

Whether you like experimenting because it’s fun, or you have to deviate from your go-to’s because Covid has caused an industry-wide stock shortage, you’re going to love this conversation with the Salt Strong Fishing Coaches.

We’re talking about which weird lures and rigs work best for inshore fishing, including:

  • Using topwaters as popping corks
  • Using super glue to keep soft plastics on jig heads
  • Rigging shrimp backward
  • Why gold spoons get no love (even though they’re one of the best lures out there)
  • The best topwater lures for redfish
  • And much more

You can watch the video version of this podcast below (which I recommend since we show a few of these rigs), listen to the audio version by clicking the play button underneath it, or listen to it on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents from my conversation with the Salt Strong Fishing Coaches about weird and underrated tackle:

3:11 – Alternative jig heads (Berkley Fusion19, Mission Fishin, and DIY jig heads)

9:18 – Whether or not you should use super glue to keep soft plastics on your hooks

14:15 – Using topwater lures as popping corks

16:20 – Chasebaits Flick Prawn tips & tricks

18:52 – Mono vs. Fluoro

21:18 – Using topwater frogs (and other bass lures) for inshore saltwater fish

26:30 – Using paddletails (MirrOlure Marsh Minnow and Slam Shady BOMBER) with and without the paddle

33:43 – Catching tarpon on torn-up worms

34:52 – Why gold spoons get no love (even though they’re so effective) and the best way to retrieve them

41:30 – An update on inventory for our shop (and for the entire fishing industry)

45:44 – Best topwater lures (Super Spook Jr. vs. Yo-Zuri 3D Pencil)

48:45 – Targeting snakeheads

49:30 – Which type of rod action we recommend

52:00 – Best time to use cut bait

52:58 – The best time to use baitcasters for saltwater fishing

55:40 – The best spots to fish after a cold font


topwater lure as popping cork

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Do you have any others that we missed?

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1 year ago

Can you use just mono line instead of mono leader line? What is the difference between the two?

Allan Vrboncic
2 years ago

Except for the Eye Strike Jig Head having a more oval eye, what is the difference between it an a Trout Eye Jig Head?

Adam Bailey
1 year ago
Reply to  Allan Vrboncic

There is no difference. Eye Strike is the company that makes the Trout Eye jighead. Z-Man markets and distributes it.

Adam Bailey
2 years ago

Wyatt, when you’ve used super glue on Z-Man lures have you seen them kind of dissolve? I’ve applied Loctite Super Glue Liquid to a couple of minnowz and that glue slowly dissolved into the baits and the problem that I was trying to fix was worse. I’d definitely caution anyone to not use that super glue on Elaztech plastics. I love that super glue for a number of other uses on lures, etc. but for Elaztech, no bueno.

Adam Bailey
1 year ago
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Wyatt Parcel
1 year ago
Reply to  Adam Bailey

Hey Adam! Sorry I missed this comment originally, but no, I have not experienced any deformities with the ElaZtech and super glue… not sure why your plastics reacted that way.

Joseph Carney
2 years ago

I use locktite superglue when the swimbait wont stay on the jig head and caught a couple nice slot snook so no issue with scent.

Lawrence Spitz
2 years ago

What is the difference between monofilament line (sayAnde 20# line) and leader material (Ande 20# leader)

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Lawrence Spitz

So far, I haven’t seen a noticeable difference in the performance of regular line vs “leader” line from the brands that offer them both under the same line type. If there is a difference, it’s very slight.

Richard Proctor
2 years ago

Hey Wyatt. Have you ever fished a Jackall Bonnie 95? I tried one for the first time today and it sits nearly vertical when at rest. Even more so than that Yo Zuri.

Wyatt Parcel
2 years ago

I have not used the Jackall Bonnie before… I’ll have to give it a shot!

Bill DeWeese
2 years ago

Curious. Where do you find your Jackalls?

Nicholas Lytle had some of them a year or so ago and said they were a highly effective.

I searched for them at the time, but it looked like Shimano had discontinued them.

Richard Proctor
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill DeWeese

Hey William. I apologize for the delayed response! Nicholas was who turned me on to them. I picked up mine on eBay.

2 years ago

I can’t find 4/0 Owner weighted twistlock hooks and used the split shot idea on a non weighted twistlock and it worked well enough. I tried hot glue in the split shot as I pinched the weight on the hook. I wonder if epoxy would work better?

Robert Keubler
2 years ago


Why can’t they use a decent hook on the gold spoon. I have to keep sharpening it and it wears down readily. OR, am I doing something wrong ?

Luke Simonds
2 years ago
Reply to  Robert Keubler

There is definitely room for improvement on the hooks for the Silver minnow spoons. Having a sharpener is very handy when using them for a long time.

Ryan Jacobs
2 years ago

Finally…some baitcasting love. I use them fishing docks as you mentioned and the ease of casting in those close, tight quarters is so much easier…even with all the night fishing I do. I’ve been using 20 braid and 30 leader and still getting schoold on some snook though. May bebumping my line up to the 30-50 lb braid range soon. I have been using the Bull Bay Assault MH with the Shimano SLX DC or the Diawa Tatula SV TW.

bill b
2 years ago

please give the like diamonds bit a rest


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