When To Choose Light VS. Bright Jerk Shads [Slam Shady VS. F.R.E.D.]

Have you ever been stuck not knowing when to choose light vs. bright lures?

Our Slam Shady Jerk Shad is a white lure with silver flecks while the F.R.E.D. color is pink all around.

How do you know when to fish with one over the other?

Let’s dive into it!

When To Choose Light VS. Bright Lures [VIDEO]

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When water temperatures drop down to a moderate temperature in the spring and fall, 5-inch jerk shad lures become my go-to profile.

It matches the bait in the water as those predatory fish become more and more aggressive.

Jerk shads also provide immense versatility.

The Slam Shady is a white lure with silver flecks throughout the body.

This lure color is responsible for bringing more fish over the side of the boat than any other of our proprietary colors.

It is an all-purpose lure color that works in every single water clarity and situation.

The other color we’ll be discussing is the F.R.E.D. lure color.

It is a pink lure all around with silver and black flake throughout the body.

This color stands out amongst the crowd.

When To Use ONE Over the OTHER

Almost always, the Slam Shady is going to be the go-to lure color.

It is a universal lure color that works anytime, anywhere.

However, there are times when you want to go to an even brighter lure like the F.R.E.D.

When thinking about baitfish, they typically are made up of three colors.

White, a lighter silver, and a dark-colored back.

The Slam Shady does an excellent job of mimicking that, however, it does change when you’re fishing with baitfish EVERYWHERE.

The Slam Shady tends to blend in with the crowd a bit.

In that situation, switch over to the F.R.E.D. lure color.

The brighter lure amongst a sea of silver baitfish gives those fish something to hone in on and pinpoint your lure.

Another situation to switch over to the F.R.E.D. is when you’re fishing in off-color water.

By that, I mean tannic water that is slightly stained and a bit muddy.

The F.R.E.D. is my go-to lure color whenever I see that I’ll be fishing in that water.

Moreover, the F.R.E.D. shines first thing in the morning or late in the evening.

Right as the sun is peaking over the horizon or falling in the evening, the F.R.E.D. is a reliable choice.


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Steven Free
8 months ago

You ate absolutely correct pat for murky or dirty water conditions the fred does stand out better then the slam shady color in fact because of the mostly year round murky water here in Jax fl where I live and fish I have found that in at least my experience because I can only speak for myself obviously the slam shady colored lures don’t seem to catch me nearly as many fish as the fred or the Alabama leprachaun or even the gold digger colors for that matter but I still do use the slam shady color only most of my fishing with them is in the late fall and winter when our waters here begin to get a bit more clearer thanks for the info and all you do👍😉

John Papachriston
8 months ago

Great video Pat! I always question what color to start out with. Thanks.


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