Plastics, Schmastics: Why I Choose Matrix Shad

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Product Review: Matrix Shad Soft Plastic Lures

Having good fishing gear is important to me because I don’t want to spend time missing fish and fixing equipment.

I can’t afford to deal with hooks that straighten out or plastics that fall apart quickly. My stamp of approval does not come easily and I endorse only the best equipment.

Now you understand this lets talk about my favorite soft plastic.

Chewed up Matrix Shad and Golden Eye Jighead

Matrix Shad and Golden Eye jigheads can take the abuse. This jighead caught 300+ speckled trout and the Matrix Shad survived 50 or so.

Why I like Matrix Shad

Look, plastics are plastics. But sometimes there is  a champion that stands out from the rest and that would be Dockside’s Matrix Shad.

I buy Matrix Shad for two reasons:

  • They are made by hardcore inshore angler and Louisiana native, Chas Champagne
  • I have caught a ton of fish on them

E63 – Deep Water Jigging & Lake Pontchartrain with Chas Champagne of Matrix Shad

With that said, I don’t think fish care for name brands so much as they do presentation and action, which Matrix Shad has in spades!

A Soft Plastic, For Anglers By Anglers

As mentioned, the creator of this versatile soft-body lure is a hardcore angler who enjoys sight casting reds and jigging for trout. If you don’t know Chas Champagne, then know that he could jig speckled trout out of a block of concrete.

He is that good.

Chas is familiar with lure design:

  • which action fish prefer to strike
  • the body-shape a finfish imitation needs
  • how it must perform to be the best

These Lures Caught a Ton of Fish

Matrix Shad is great tight-lined using a Golden Eye jighead, also sold by Dockside, or under a cork on an Inshore Rig. Of course, they also do great on a Double Rig, which enables you to catch two trout at once.

I got started on Matrix Shad in 2011. Inshore Interviews guest Lou Paretti brought them on a fishing trip to Bayou Biloxi. We tossed them into tidelines to catch 83 speckled trout, keeping our limit and throwing back the rest.

I was using Hybrid Flurries at the time but found Chas’s creation to have more action and withstand the abuse of a fast trout bite. The Flurries just fell apart. I also like how vibrant colors are on Matrix Shad lures; they are bright and don’t fade in the tackle box.

I especially love Lemon Head, since it is basically chartreuse and we all know that is a go-to color for speckled trout!

Since then I have used Matrix Shad in various colors extensively. Matrix Shad in Lemon Head and Shrimp Creole are the primary colors I’ve used to catch, tag and release over 1,300+ redfish and speckled trout.

Number of Tagged Fish

That’s a lot of fish falling for one kind of lure.

Better Plastic + Better Jighead

Matrix Shad also offers a line of jigheads with a holographic eye, ribbed shank and superior hooks.

The hooks on the Golden Eye jigheads are stronger and sharper than conventional hooks. I successfully fought and landed a jack crevalle in 24ft of open water using a Golden Eye jighead and Matrix Shad. The hook didn’t bend at all.

Matrix Shad Golden Eye Lands Jack Crevalle

Chas Champagne knows exactly what anglers need to kick ass on Louisiana’s coast.

That’s how he put together one helluva combination with his Matrix Shad line of products. 

Dockside Goldeneye Bait, 1/4 oz
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About the Author Captain Devin

Devin is a Louisiana native who has enjoyed success as a fishing guide and tournament competitor. Today he promotes recreational fishing and conservation by teaching people how to fish.

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