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A paddletail, also known as a paddle tail, is a type of soft plastic fishing lure characterized by its paddle-shaped tail that creates a realistic swimming action when retrieved through the water. Paddletail lures typically consist of a soft plastic body with a flat, wide tail section that flutters and kicks side to side as it moves, mimicking the swimming motion of a baitfish. The design of paddletail lures allows them to be effective in a variety of fishing situations and for targeting a wide range of fish species, including bass, walleye, pike, muskellunge, trout, and many saltwater gamefish. They can be rigged on a jighead, weighted swimbait hook, or as a trailer on spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, or other types of fishing lures. When retrieved through the water, the paddle tail of the lure imparts lifelike swimming action and vibrations, which can attract predatory fish and trigger strikes. Paddletail lures are versatile and can be fished at different speeds and depths, depending on the fishing conditions and the behavior of the target species. Paddletail lures come in various sizes, colors, and styles to match different fishing situations and imitate various types of baitfish. Some paddletail lures feature additional features such as scent, glitter, or realistic paint finishes to enhance their effectiveness and appeal to fish. Overall, paddletail lures are popular among anglers for their realistic swimming action, versatility, and effectiveness in catching a wide range of fish species in both freshwater and saltwater environments.

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