What is a Spaddler?
The name describes what these lures do. They paddle across the surface of the water, so we called them Spaddlers (for surface paddler).
Use close to surface cover
This lure simulates a small creature that has fallen into the water and is struggling to escape. Cast the Spaddler close to any kind of cover that is at or near the surface of the water: branches, lily pads, oyster racks, rock bars.
Winter bass taken on a M50MP (Mulga Perch) Spaddler in brackish water on the Macleay River NSW
Luminous bib ?
The bib is made of a tough plastic infused with a luminous (glow-in-the-dark) compound. Is this for the benefit of anglers or the fish? Both! When fishing at night, try giving your Spaddler a dose of your headlamp light to give it a glow that lasts a couple of minutes. You and the fish can see it.
Attaching to line
Like all micro lures, Spaddlers give their best action when attached to your line with a loop knot.
The Spaddler is a finely balanced lure that should be used with finesse. Only the smallest of wire snaps will fit through its tow-point. It won't work well if weighed down by unnecessary hardware; in the worst-case-scenario, it will sink and not work at all.
bass, bream, sooty grunter, saratoga, trout, jungle perch, archer fish
large and smallmouth bass, trout, snakehead
Frank Gaukroger is one of the founders of Downunder Lures Pty. Ltd. He caught the Macleay River bass on a Predatek S50 Spaddler in Tropical Frog colours.