How To & Tips – Steelshad


Here are the facts. Tight lines are the results.

  • Durable, malleable 440 grade stainless steel
  • Featuring #6 VMC hooks on the 3/8 ounce & #4 hooks on the 3/4 ounce. Coated for fresh and saltwater
  • Weighing in at 3/8 and 3/4 ounce
  • 3/8 ounce is 2 3/4 inches long and the 3/4 ounce is nearly 4 inches long
  • Clear coat finish
  • Trademarked- Game changing yellow eyes and perfectly placed weight
  • Two split ring holes for interchangeable techniques – See Tips and video below on how to adjust vibrations
  • Designed to fish in 6 inches or 60 feet of water. Only blade you will find that can run on the water’s surface
  • No plastic parts
  • Tremendous throbbing vibration with minimal effort
  • Excellent underwater eye-catching action flash
  • Natural, curvy, realistic baitfish design to attract all fresh and saltwater predators
  • Bend the virtually indestructible steel to make your lure swim on either side, run on the surface like a wounded baitfish or glide under grass lines- See Tips below on how to manipulate your blade
  • Easily straightened back to its original form at any time
  • Extremely effective in a variety of conditions, year round
  • 3/8 is available in 10 colors. 3/4 is available in 8 colors
  • While countless largemouth and smallmouth have been caught, the species list landed on SteelShad can be updated daily, its a good thing we can hardly keep up!
  • This blade bait will catch you prizes in fresh and salt water including but not limited to; lake trout, walleye, redfish, catfish, musky, bream, lady fish, smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, speckled trout, stripers, snook, snapper, flounder…

Tips & How To Fish with SteelShad Bass Fishing Lures

Bend it. Jig it. Pump it. Drop it. Troll it. Land it. Blade is Boss.

Steel Shad Bass Fishing Lures are the most versatile blade baits you will find. This distinctive lure will generate more strikes and lands anything that swims in a variety of situations. Learn how here, we want you feeling most comfortable while using your lure. Every angler has their ways, make these lures your own! Since this lure is so versatile we find that this how to use & tips page, shared videos and angler stories create successful fishing trips worldwide.

Below are just a few ways to utilize the Steel Shad Fishing Lure for largemouth bass fishing.


Just like Crank Baits:

  • Just as you would throw Crank Baits, Cast the Steel Shad out and retrieve it back in.
  • Stagger your retrieve as you would on a lipless Crank Baits or as we call it the yo yo retrieve.


Jig Fishing

  • Cast it out over flats and let it fall to the bottom and work it along the bottom by picking it up with the rod tip and letting it fall on slack line. Watch your line as sometimes as the Steel Shad Bass Fishing Lures are falling they will suck it up and start to take off with it.


Those are the two most obvious ways but with a little practice and some manipulation to the Steel Shad Bass Fishing Lures they can be fished like a spoon or buzz bait by bending them.

Where you bend them makes all the difference how they react.

” I like to take it and place it on its side in one hand and place my thumb behind the weight, where my thumb stops toward the back hook I bend the Steel Shad Bass Fishing Lures (about a 90 degree bend) this makes it run either to the left or right and it can be ran through stump fields as well as under docks, also alongside pad fields and other structures”

Also use this method when fishing for schooling bass!


Another way is to bend the Steel Shad Bass Fishing Lures just behind the weight in U style fashion to make it fish like a buzz bait.

” I have caught many Largemouth Bass using these methods in Florida Rivers and lakes plus many other rivers and lakes in the northern part of the country”

Good Luck and good Bass Fishing, Capt. Steve Niemoeller

Just bend it! Bending the lure will make all the difference in how it reacts.

  • Bend at the “d” in Steel Shad on the lure, at a 45-degree angle for surface running
  • Bend at the “s” in Steel Shad on the lure, at a 90-degree angle for extreme right or left retrieval direction
  • Bend just behind the weight in a U style fashion to make it fish like a buzz bait
  • Bend back straight at any time for deep dives
  • Watch our YouTube video on Bending your lure.

Change how you utilize the split rings for additional control. Adjust vibration by moving split ring to front hole. Watch How

The options are endless… Anglers everywhere share their techniques

  • Fish the lure on a steady straight retrieve for a constant throbbing vibration and action flash
  • Yoyo the lure, bounce it off stumps and work it parallel to weeds to entice your targets
  • Drag across sandy flats with an occasional pump and drop for dramatic effects
  • Troll the lure

Bass and saltwater fish frequently school shad to the surface and attack from all sides. Drop a SteelShad into a schooling frenzy and feel the magic happen. Captain Steves favorite ways to utilize Steel Shad for largemouth bass fishing…

  • Just like you would throw a crank bait. Stagger your retrieve as you would on a lipless crank
  • Jig it. Cast over flats, let it fall to bottom and work it along by raising rod tip and letting it fall on slack line. Keep an eye on your line, as bass will strike, suck it up, and take off with it.
  • Place it on its side, with thumb behind weight, bend the lure toward the back at about a 90-degree angle to reach under docks, alongside pad fields and when fishing for schooling bass. This slight bend gives it new action, to catch anything that swims!

Tip from Captain Steve: To avoid tangles and being seen, tie your SteelShad lure to a fluorocarbon line leader, using the uni knot. We found the polmar knot works best with braided line.

Tip from Captain Steve: Well, October is prime time for this lure to shine! To capitalize on bass feeding this time of year, at your local rivers and lakes SteelShad Lures are your best bet. From Florida to Minnesota and everywhere in between we hear from anglers often the next few months on how this lure produces for them. Chasing schooling bass can be frustrating, this lure makes it easy to match the hatch. We have found much success on the St. Johns River by setting the boat at the small cut-offs where you can watch schools of bait fish pass. Then toss, toss your steel into the deeper channels and run the lure along the edges of the river or directly into the school. Having the boat out of the direct wind is helpful with aiming into a schooling frenzy. We have been leaving the lure straight, not having to bend in this situation…and its dang near spot on!!

Bend your SteelShad

Manipulate your blade