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Shads with Soul

Cliff Pace of Petal, Mississippi has kept his career at the top of the nation’s most qualifi ed list by making the Bassmaster Classic four times in the past seven seasons. Those who know Cliff say he has a knack for familiarizing himself with his lures. Cliff recently spent some time acquainting himself with Jack- all’s latest bait line-up. He quickly developed a liking for Jackall’s Soul Shad. Pace’s biggest reason for the instant love affair? “It’s versatility.” Here’s what this diligent young pro had to say about Jackall’s latest Shads with Soul…

with Cliff Pace


know, this is probably the easiest article I will ever do regarding a hard bait. When I rst pulled this bait out of the box, I thought, “Cool little crank.” Several hours of casting and retrieval again generated the same sentiments but also left me scratching my head. How in the world could a bait with such a tiny pro le, cast as far as it does, dive as quick as it does and still provide an array of action possibilities? I was set back by the Soul Shad’s vibration (it looked like it was shim- mering) and dive angle (very steep for such a small bait). I knew this was going to be a bait to ll the gap; daydreaming about utiliz- ing it on steep banks and during cold water conditions pretty much

solidified my direction and use of this bait. At least that is what I initially thought. The bait has excellent and continuous tracking. It doesn’t hunt, roll over or waver. These tight movements of the Soul Shad play a critical role in allowing it to be used in subtle pre- sentations. I knew it would excel in cooler, clear water conditions but I was guilty of compartmentalizing this bait’s ability. It not only had great clear water attributes but I found out in short order you could burn this little Soul machine without it blowing out of the water. The pro le also reminded me of many juvenile bait sh that t this small size pro le well into the summer months. As I stopped one on the retrieve, I watched the little body pause. By giving the rod tip a tiny pop, the lure mimicked the movement of a bait sh on the feed. The icker was unassuming but could be seen several feet below the surface. I realized what I now had was a crankbait masquerading as a suspending jerkbait at my disposal. Another cool trait was the bait’s ability to clean itself from grass (quickly). Ideas of using the bait around cover and for post spawn sh also invaded my mind. I had a bait for almost any situation; a bait that was two baits in one. The key to this bait isn’t the angler, it is the speci c ballast arranged in each cavity as well as the magnetic weight system. To cast the bait, you ick your rod tip. The magnet releases the ballast from the center of the lure and sends the round weight to the tail. A simple cast now exceeds 80 feet. Grinding the bait down through your retrieve angles the bait and forces the round ballast to roll amid- ships, sticking onto the magnet now, giving you its signature action. Finessing your way through the water column is no problem. Lining this bait up to suspend near cover with a twitch and pause means you are going to be able to coax post-spawners as well. I had a heyday cranking it into rocky ledges then watching the bait ricochet off the rocks and into open water above suspended bass. It occurred to me that this is going to be a great search bait, but its easy-meal pro- le makes it a preferred choice around schooling sh too. Rarely do you acquire a lure that can allow you the freedom to sh many different situations and almost guaran- tees getting mass bass attention. The 2011 season is another big year for me and I assure you the Soul Shad will be used often on my pro tour travels. I hope you get a chance to sh this bait. Man you are go- ing to have fun! BWU



March/April 2011