Paddle Tail Shad - Design 3

Bob La Londe
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Took me 3 tries to get a paddle tail on this bait that didn't make me want to puke. I think its still ugly, but atleast its no longer nauseating. I don't know if I am going to cut it or not yet. I have to think about it for a while. Maybe something that offends my sense of aesthetics slightly less will come to me yet. Lots of folks said they wanted to see one with a paddle tail. Here it is.

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Bob,

I can't even begin to guess how much work went into that bait's design.

It's beautiful.

Have you actually made any of these baits yet, to see how they swim?

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Well, obviously I made the straight tail verison of this, which really doesn't swim, but it does twitch and fall nicely. I think this tail is really ugly, and I probably won't cut it. I may work on it some more to see if I can make it look better.

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Maybe making it more "pointy", ala the Huddleston, would be more pleasing to your eye. I know their tail design is patented, but something along those lines.

And, don't forget, paddle tail baits are ugly, but they swim really well and get bit.

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loving this thing. and i would think the straight tailed version would be great for drop shotting, maybe even hook it thru the side of the belly, wacky style. would be a killer dying shad look!

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I had thought about flipping it t-rigged through the side for that dying shad appearance. I had not thought about wacky rigging it, but why not. I figured my "main" claim for the bait would be throwing at striper boils with a treble stinger strung onto the back of a swimbait hook.

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