Outdoors Angle: Paddle Tails Vs Split Tail Plastics

Steve Carney Outdoors
Steve Carney Outdoors

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     As we slide into late August, things are changing in the walleye world and now is the time for throwing very aggressive baits. My August arsenal is primarily equipped with paddle tail and split tail minnow imitation baits which are awesome during the warm water months.

     Split tail plastics are my first choice as they are not as aggressive as paddle tails and can be very effective on many species. If I don't get any results on the initial split tail offering, I switch to the paddle tail style. Paddle tail styles are super aggressive and have a tail that vibrates and is noisy in the water column. There are times when I think the paddle tail is too aggressive and the fish ignore the bait. It's all about trial and error using both. Let the walleyes tell you what they want. I always keep both styles rigged and ready in the boat so I can make the change instantly.

     Don't forget to rig with the proper jig head. You want a very long-shanked hook so it protrudes well in the back of the bait. This works well on short striking walleyes. Stick with the 1/8th.oz size for most circumstances.

     In my opinion, there is no need for live minnows at this stage of August. Throw those awesome minnow imitators and hang on!

Steve Carney is The Flag WZFG Outdoors expert. He can be heard every Thursday morning at 8:05 on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. Check out his weekly podcast on am1100theflag.com and hear his Outdoors Angle reports every Friday on AM 1100 and 92.3 FM WZFG. You can also visit stevecarneyoutdoors.com for more information.