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Old 08-14-2015, 06:04 PM   #1
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Default Shore/wade casting paddletails

I have never used paddletails from shore before so i was wondering what kind of rigs people use to get a decent cast distance without sacrificing action. It seems to me that carolina rigs would work, but i don't know about how it would affect the action.

Heavier jig heads are also an option, but i'm really not sure how heavy to use.

If anyone could point me in the right direction with paddletail rigs, I would greatly appreciate it.
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Old 08-14-2015, 06:09 PM   #2
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1/4 oz jigheads will get it done.
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Not all jig heads are created equal. I have some, don't remember where I got them but every cast, the paddle tail slips down onto the hook.
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I think it really depends on the conditions.

Windy? Use a heavier jig head.

Calm? use a lighter jig head.

Thick Grass? Carolina Rig or Drop Shot

Floating Grass? Weedless worm hook.

Floating Grass & Windy? Weighted worm hook.

Water Color: Clear - use fluorocarbon leader; Stained - shorter leader or none at all; muddy - add a willow blade before the hook/jig head.

In other words, there's really no "Correct" way. Use what works!
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try the wide gap swim bait hooks. the lead is on the shank, not the head, so it casts good and swims horizonal, and you can rig it weedless.
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:46 AM   #6
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5/16oz jig head

Is what my buddies and I use while on wade.
Could go lighter but casting distance is a high vertue
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:59 AM   #7
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30lb power pro
Uni-Uni knot
20lb seagar fluro. 6ft leader
Loop knot recommended
5/16oz jig head
"Paddletail swimbait"

Slow roll over grass with light twiches and pops
Pause in pot holes - pop - pop - pause --------- pop - pop
Keep rollin and twitchin.

Red fish dont care about a little grass on the hook just work through it be patient. Alot of your fish will come near the clean areas anyhow, such as sandy pockets, lanes exc...

While im slow rolling Im constantly vibrating my rod tip.
What this does.
Sends a vibration through the water
Makes the lure look injured / more action
Slows the lure down just a little while still constantly reeling "slow" keeping it under the floating grass and off the bottom grass in 2ft. or less.
I also have my rod tip at the 1030 11 oclock position this takes the braid out the water and the only line I have under ther surface is that good ole fluro* --- having the rod tip up also keeps more grass off your line and lure.

Tight Lines and Good fishin
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Old 08-15-2015, 02:12 AM   #8
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There is no right or wrong way, to rig a paddle tail. There's like 20+ ways to do it. But if I could only choose one I'd go with what I told you above. Simplicity = lethal mixed with some versatility now its deadly. There is no perfect cadence eigther, just play with it. The fish will tell you quickly how they want it and how they dont.

I just got off the water and hope you get to do the same in the very near future. Catchem Up!!!
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