The Jackall Crosstail Shad is one of my favorite baits that I started throwing this year. I found a couple different ways to use it to produce fish. When I tested them out, I was stoked on the results. They have a soft subtle action that I’ve found bass have a hard time resisting. Here are my thoughts about this bait, plus, when and how I like to fish it.
The Crosstail Shad has incredible action. It looks like a small bait fish in the water without having to put a lot of movement in your rod tip. The bait’s action is best when you let the movement of the water do the work. Here are the two ways I use the bait to release the Kraken on bass!
- Drop Shot: This is an awesome bait on a drop shot. I like to use a small size 2 gamakatsu finesse hook and nose hook the bait. The bait has a flat side, and I always rig it with the flat side facing up toward the sky. By far, this is my favorite drop shot bait.
- Jig Trailer: I know it seems crazy, but I found this little bait works great on a finesse jig as a trailer. When the bite is tough I like to throw it on a 1/4 0z micro pepper jig. On a jig, the cross tail shad has sweet action either swimming or sitting on the bottom.
There are a lot of ways to fish this bait I’ve yet to experiment with. Other ways I’d like to fish it would be on a small jig head, or weightless on a wacky rig. This is a great finesse bait with a lot of options to whack bass. I used it a lot when the bite was tough in the late fall, and it produced fish.
Since this is a finesse bait, you better break out your spinning rod if you want to get any distance on your casts. I always fish it with spinning gear. I like to use a 10 pound test braided line with a 6 pound flourocarbon line leader on my set up. With this set up, I can throw this bait really well.
The Jackall Crosstail shad is available in a variety of colors. My personal favorites are green pumpkin, black winnie, and ayu. They come in packs of 8 and they generally range in price from $5 – $9 a package. I primarily shop on Amazon or Tackle Warehouse, but you can also find them at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, and Sportsman’s Warehouse. If you’d like to save time and just get it here, click on my affiliate link at the end of this paragraph to pick some up for your tackle box through Amazon: Jackall Crosstail Shad
In addition, here is a video by Jackall discussing the bait, and how it moves in the water: