Soft plastic shad fishing lures are proven fish catchers, partly due to the wriggling action they get from their paddle tails and their realistic apperance. Remarkably, some even smell and taste like the real thing too!
They're so-called after the fish species of that name, which are members of the herring family, and - unfortunately for them - a popular baitfish for pretty much all saltwater predators.
Plastic shad lures are relatively inexpensive to buy, which in view of their lack of long-term durability, is good news indeed.
In fact they're cheap enough to have a number of different shapes, sizes and colours in your lure box so for those days on which the fish aren't being entirely cooperative.
They can be fished unweighted, or fitted with separate leadheads - otherwise, with no leadhead, they remain a plastic shad fishing lure and must be rigged with a special single-cranked 90o jig hook specially designed for the purpose, like this Mustad Aberdeen version...
This is easy:~
It's just a matter of practise. Soon you'll be doing it right first time, every time!
Unlike shad lures, soft plastic sandeel imitations sport a wriggle tail, not a paddle
tail - it does the same thing though. These long, narrow lures need to be similarly
impaled carefully on a specially cranked hook.
But, as the sandeel doesn't have sufficient body depth to conceal the hook shank, their special hook has an additional crank in it - the Z-bend hook - so the lure sits in the bend of the hook and lies along the shank of the hook.
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