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Mattlures Trout & Shad: If there's a soft bodied bait we've had in our arsenal longer than any other in this article, it is the Mattlures Trout. This little soft bodied wonder is one of the first fully rigged paddletail type baits we've thrown and just as we were ready to sit down and discuss our findings of this bait, Mattlures released two new soft bodied baits that garnered our attention as well. One of those two, the Mattlures Shad, we decided to package up and include in this review.


Introducing Mattlures Trout Series 6" baits.


Action: The Mattlures six inch trout is really none too different than the Baby Bass bait we reviewed in the Fall of 2005 except it's six inches in length instead of four and half inches for the Baby Bass. Its tail moves at both slow and fast paced retrieves and the body stays true throughout save for the super fast retrieves when trying to get the bait back to the boat quickly - a trait not uncommon in baits of this type anyway.


Mattlures 6" Trout Specifications

Type Soft Bodied Swimbait
Depth Mid-Water to bottom
Class Sinker
Size (Weight) 6" ( 2 3/4oz)
Colors/Patterns 4 Colors
MSRP $11.95


The Mattlures Shad swims best at medium to fast paced retrieves. At super slow to slow retrieves, the tail has virtually no action at all, but at medium to fast paced retrieves, the tail twiddles around very enticingly.

The Mattlures trout gets is swimming action from a paddletail derivative


Fall Rate: Both of these baits fall quickly at a rate of approximately one foot per second in a pure head down position. Both baits will fall over on their sides when they touch bottom so they're best kept in motion once the desired depth is reached.


Clear Lake Bass love the Mattlures Trout in Hitch color pattern


Application: We've fished the trout extensively in a variety of conditions and found it best in and around rocks and dock pilings. It can be effective in the weeds as well, but tends to get caught up if the weeds are too dense. Our time with the shad baits has been much more brief and we haven't gotten a good feel for this bait yet other than to fish it in similar conditions to the trout only when an even smaller profile or different color pattern is desired.


Relatively new on the scene, the Mattlures Shad Series


Mattlures Shad Series Specifications

Type Soft Bodied Swimbait
Depth Mid-Water to bottom
Class Sinker
Size (Weight) 2 1/2" ( .3oz) : 4 1/2" LF(1.2oz) : 4 1/2" HF (1.4oz)
Colors/Patterns 3 different colors
MSRP $7.99 - $9.99 (2pk)


Features: The Mattlures Trout comes in four different color patterns with a stock top hook and rigging ring on the bottom of the bait. The Shad bait comes in a couple of different sizes with the larger size available in two fall rates. Both sizes come pre-rigged with a bottom stinger attached via a split ring to the bottom of the harness.


Featuring a bit more refined tail



Mattlures 6" Trout Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Well made lure with hand made appeal 8
Performance Swims well out of the box except at burner speeds 7.5
Price Affordably priced especially in 3-packs 7.5
Features Sharp, durable stock hooks 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Realistic trout, salmon and hitch patterns 8
Application Best fished in motion 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

Pluses and Minuses:


J Bait comes pre-rigged ready to fish L Not great at burner speeds
J Swims well out of the box  
J Realistic color patterns  
J Not hard to find  


With similar fish catching results.


Conclusion: The Mattlures soft bodied baits have been a favorite amongst the TackleTour editors for quite sometime for their affordability, availability, and flat out effectiveness. But what makes us even more excited about the Mattlures product is what is yet to come. We've already previewed Mattlures's new hard bodied bluegill bait and are busy wrapping things up for the full blown review. But in a deja vu moment, just as we were ready to begin our write-up of the Mattlure's hard bodied bluegill bait, we caught wind of another new hardbodied Mattlures product set to debut at any moment. What could this bait be? Well, we already have several in for review and if we could, we'd keep them a secret but of course that is not our way. Stay tuned for more to come about Mattlures very soon...


Looking for Mattlures' 6" Trout? Try TackleWarehouse.com or Monstertackle.com


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