Impressions: Molix's Special Swimming Shad (SS Shad) is a five inch soft bodied, paddle tail swimbait poured with a fat body section that tapers down to a very narrow, and segmented tail section that ends in the usual paddle shape. That segmented tail is very flexible no doubt helping the bait with its action.
Introducing the SS Shad by Molix.
The SS Shad is packaged in a clear, hard plastic container molded to hold three baits. The middle bait in this packaging is pre-rigged from the factory with Molix's own "Easy Weight Change" harness. This harness is patent pending and features a lead head attached to a split ring with is then attached to an wide gap hook.
The SS Shad is a soft bodied, paddle tail swimbait.
Real World Tests: My goal was to test this bait during the annual Fall striper run on the California Delta, but once again Zander and I were thwarted by our inability to locate quality sized fish with which to test a bunch of gear. So instead, I had to "settle" for throwing this bait in pursuit of those green fish that make up the bread and butter of our review site.
But that's only half the story. This bait comes with a custom
I really appreciate the effort Molix went through in putting this bait together. The toughest decision I faced with this bait, once I decided on color, was which weight to throw - one quarter, three eighths, or half ounce (1/4, 3/8, or 1/2oz). From there, it was a simple matter of taking the one pre-rigged bait out of the package, tying it on and start fishing.
Available in three weights, the wide gap hook swings free of
the weighted head.
There was no struggling with pushing the bait onto the hook or bait keeper and lining up the hook to make sure the bait is sitting straight, etc. etc.. No, Molix's EWC system is pre-installed in that first bait and ready to be fished right out of the package.
The bait's plastic is a little stiff, but the tail section is
still very flexible thanks to these segments along the back.
Design & Ergonomics: Molix's SS Shad is available in eighteen (18) different colors with three baits per package. However, there is only one wiring harness per package so if you lose a bait, you'll either have to pull the harness out of another package, or prepare ahead by purchasing spare harnesses, or just use your own rigging system.
Retail on this bait is between $6.36 - $6.60 per pack of three baits.
Price & Applications: The SS Shad retails for between $6.36 - $6.60 depending on the weight you select to purchase and we are uncertain as to the availability of spare EWC harnesses for the bait.