Matrix Shad is a great choice for inshore anglers! These are all the good reasons why you want to have a few of their colors ready to fish in your tackle box.
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.
Why I like Matrix Shad
Look, plastics are plastics. But sometimes there is a champion that stands out from the rest:
[thrive_text_block color=”blue” headline=”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
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.
Yeah, he’s that good, and 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 with them 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 the colors are; they are bright and don’t fade in the tackle box.
It’s no surprise I fish Matrix Shad so much in my fishing trip reviews inside LAFB Elite.
[thrive_text_block color=”blue” headline=””]I especially love Lemon Head, since it is basically chartreuse and we all know that is a go-to color for speckled trout! [/thrive_text_block]
Since then I have used Matrix Shad in various colors extensively. Lemon Head and Shrimp Creole are the primary colors I’ve used to catch, tag and release over 1,300+ redfish and speckled trout.
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.
[thrive_text_block color=”blue” headline=””]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. [/thrive_text_block]