Introducing Molix's RT Shad paddletail swimbait
Impressions: Molix's RT Shad is a diminutive paddletail product measuring just three and a half inches (3.5") but feeling more like two. They are packaged in a clear plastic clamshell where the baits' individual tails can be kept intact and are available in five (5) different, lifelike patterns.
diminutive little bait has some big bait detailing
Real World Tests: I'm certain the primary intent for these little baits is in some type of umbrella rig, but I wanted to find out the bait's effectiveness as a standalone product. It's also a little difficult to determine individual bait durability when fished in groups.
A look at the bait's tail
So instead, I fished this bait on the back of standard jigheads, underspins, and swim jigs to good success. The RT Shad's tail swims well at medium speeds is actually a really nice, kind of finesse presentation when tipped on the back of a jig or with an underspin.
3D eyes, gill and scale detailing...
The RT Shad's detailing kind of goes to waste when fished on the back of a swim jig or anything with a skirt, so I'd stick to the more anonymous baits for that duty. I did try this bait for a brief moment as a drop shot bait, but I think the swim tail is too bulky for that presentation.
... this bait even has a lateral line
I found durability of this little bait was surprisingly good, but I think that has a lot to do with the bait's size. It's so easy for a fish to inhale this bait and there's so little of it to flap around when run through a jig hook that there's not a lot of opportunity for it to get ripped or otherwise damaged.
I tried to fish it on the back of a Megabass jighead but the
whole two head, four eye thing has never inspired my confidence
Design & Ergonomics: Molix's RT Shad is available in only five (5) colors right now but comes packaged in a clear plastic clamshell with individual compartments for each bait. This helps keep the swim tails intact until it's time to fish. It's a nice touch with these diminutive swimbaits and one I wouldn't normally expect.
The baits come packaged in their individual chambers
Price & Applications: Retail price for the RT Shad is $8.99 per pack of five baits. This comes to an individual bait price of $1.80. For comparison's sake something like Big Bite Bait Company's Suicide Shad, a comparable paddletail swimbait with a similar realistic look, retails for $5.99 for a five pack of 3.5" baits for an individual bait price of $1.20. Molix's RT Shad has more realistic detailing than the Suicide Shad, but the price difference is pretty big.