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It has been ages since I was last active on the forum so thought I would get my backside into gear and make a post to get myself back in the game.

I know a few lads on here used to use and swear by the infamous Illex I Shad, which has now sadly been discontinued, but I wanted to throw it's replacement into the mix - The I Shad Tail!

Used them for over a season now and they are proving to be deadly effective, especially in estuary scenarios or anywhere sand eels are present.

Used them along the west wales coastline simply fished weedless on light belly weight or light texas for weedy, reef marks.

Over here in Ireland they have been producing some lovely conditioned bass in the estuaries - paired them with a variety of jig heads for trotting in current.



This is the Pumpkin Gold Silver colour - other bassy colours are the Bluegill and Wakasagi.



The little tail really brings the bait alive in current.



Was hoping to hear some views from other anglers out there if you have used these before? If so were they successful and if so how did you rig them?

They also slammed a stack of wrasse in the Channel Islands ....



Look forward to getting active again on the forums .... prime way to spend some time whilst this miserable weather insists on stuffing up my fishing!

Tight Lines,

Steve
 

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I use these weedless with a 3g belly weight and they cast well. Im sure weightless they will also cast as well.
 
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They look great Steve, how do they cast rigged weightless / weedless? Any idea what the 4.8" weighs?
They fish okay weightless just need to use a slower retrieve - the 4.8" weighs 7.6g not great for range but I guess depends on the rod and style .... great for finesse .... but I prefer light belly weights etc.
 

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I highlighted the Jackall bros Ishad tail about 4 yr ago as a great lure for estuary work whilst over in Ireland. I rigged them on various jigs bouncing them through current. There profile is a good sandeel imitation however they have a flaw in that there small tail can stall at slow speeds meaning fish will turn away. If you like the profile and small subtle tail then look at the Gibbon Paddle Up by Sunslicker. These are simply fantastic for this type of work and can be rigged in similar ways, they also do a Ultimate Signature Series of this lure which is fitted with glass rattles and weigh in at 10g each. They have accounted for many double figure fish Bass, Pollock and FW species like Zander. Here's the vid along with some pictures




 

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I have to say I haven't encountered the tail stall 'fail' that you highlighted in your post above ... They have preformed solidly for me over a mix of ground and scenarios but each to their own I guess. In terms of estuary fishing I like the small tail over a conventional slug style lure .... I tend to fish them though in fairly fast or strong current ... for lighter flows I change my approach. Jackall I Shad Tails have been on the go a right while but it's nice to see Illex bringing them into their range as it makes them a little more accessible for U.K. anglers to get their hands on compared to looking in Japan to buy tackle.
 

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The Gibbon paddle up has a specifically designed paddle in the upward position for use as you have described, as the video shows its movement is far superior. Jackall bros Ishad tail have always been available in the UK just seems that Illex have chosen to rebrand rather than design there own lures. The Gibbon paddle ups are specifically designed and manufactured in the UK so no need to look into the Japanese market and use something that is not specifically designed for European sea bass
 

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I think to set the record straight it should be made clear that Illex do licence SOME products from Jackall for example the I Shad Tail (as mentioned above) however, to say they don't design their own is simply incorrect!

They have developed some exceptional lures - if you look at the Nitro series which includes the shad, shad slims, lightning, bole and now the sprat shads it is quite clear that they are capable of creating their own products .... not to mention other lines like the Dexter series etc.

I think it is also important to note that the Nitro series of soft baits from Illex were of course designed, tested and created for European sea bass not simply a Japanese import.

It seems a smart business plan though to utilize already successful designs (Jackall) which are then tested and further developed for European situations whilst at the same time developing specific, specialist ranges from scratch for the main fresh and salt water predator species i.e. Bass, pike, zander etc .....
 

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The thread is specifically on the Jackall Bros Ishad tail , this is the only reference I refer to as Illex not designing there own, we know that they do design other lures like the Nitro series (take on FBM) however this has never been in question. It could also be deemed as its trying to make a quick buck on the back of licensing said lure from Jackall Bros after all this company deserves the recollection not Illex.
To wrap things up It certainly is a good lure like I've already pointed out however there are other contenders with same profile that simply blow them out of the water.
 

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Yes !! That's what's good about forums we can voice our opinion and suggest alternatives especially when the original post may have subliminal pointers I've responded on said subject of Jackall Bros Ishad tail and it is a great lure, however I've also suggested that you try other specific lures to hopefully increase your success Steven
 
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