Never Judge a Book
by its Cover, the unassuming Jackall Crosstail Shad
My preferred rigging for fishing the Crosstail is to use a light fluorocarbon
line, when I say light I mean 5-6lb. line for lakes with good clarity and 4lb.
for lakes with excellent clarity. I rarely use 8lb. line for drop shotting
because it is more visible but primarily because it doesn’t handle nearly as
well as lighter lines when it comes to casting. I also prefer fluorocarbon lines
because I find they transmit strikes much better than traditional monofilament.
A simple lob cast and we are in
Casting this bait is as
simple as casting any other drop shot rig and like most finesse fishing
applications casting is more about precision than distance. Most anglers will
either cast towards structure and work a drop shot rig in an area where the fish
might be holding or rely on their electronics and drop down to work in and
around schooling bait or target suspended fish.
Rig the Crosstail in the head
The right way to rig this bait is to nose hook the lure on a small drop shot
hook. I personally prefer a Gamakatsu size 1 dropshot/splitshot hook or Owner
Mosquito hooks. The right drop shot weight depends on your line type and
application but most of the time a 3/16oz. or 1/4oz. is enough to get the job
done. How much space you want to leave on the tag end between the hook and the
weight really depends on where the fish are positioned, most of the time I leave
about a foot to eighteen inches to get the bait positioned above the lake
Using electronics to target
Though the Crosstail may
not look like much it is absolute magic underwater. The different colors give
the lure incredible sheen underwater and the bait seems to transition under
different lighting. Simply impart a little action on the tip of the rod and this
lure absolutely comes alive, pull up a few inches and drop your rod tip and the
bait will dart up and down in a lifelike swimming action.
A closer look at the Superpin-Tail
shad, it certainly looks a lot more lifelike
What I found most
interesting about the Crosstail was that even when the bait is not moved the
lure still suspends and vibrates. The bait features just the right amount of
salt and is able to suspend while the current catches the tail and causes the
bait to quiver ever so slightly like a hovering baitfish. What fish exactly see
we can only guess, but fish devour the Crosstail lures like candy, they simply
can’t resist this bait and will readily charge and commit to what I believe they
view is an easy kill.
The same rigging through the head
The Crosstail is good in a
variety of depths and as long as you can target the right area where fish are
holding they will readily strike this lure in both shallow and deep water. I
also found this an excellent lure for targeting both largemouth and smallmouth
and during field testing I even caught the occasional Crappie or oversized
bluegill with the Crosstail Shad.
The Crosstail Purple Winnie
outside of the water...