Product Review: LFT Magic Shad

Product Review: LFT Magic Shad
Date: 11/3/15
Product type: LFT “Magic Shad”
Manufacturer: Lake Fork Trophy Lures
Reviewer: Jamie Wilson





I, for one, love fishing soft plastics. Tubes, stickworms, grubs and paddle tails all have their time and place and so do shad/minnow/baitfish bodied plastics known as fluke style baits. The subtle realistic action can turn heads during the toughest of bites in the colder months and cold fronts alike. They can also be used in the dog days of summer and in a variety of situations as well, which makes this style of bait a well-rounded choice. The LFT “Magic Shad” is salt and garlic impregnated with a unique spade shaped tail that creates a great fluttering, vibrating action even on the fall. Seven staple color choices, along with durability, will make for many good days on the water ahead.




(Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”) Specifications
Type Soft plastic shad/minnow body
Length 5”
Weight N/A
Material Plastic (Garlic and salt impregnated)
Hooks N/A
Colors 7 colors in this line
Origin Texas, United States
MSRP $5.49 U.S funds (8/pack)



The LFT “Magic Shad” stands eye to eye with the top fluke style baits on the market. The detail, craftsmanship and color choices are true selling features, along with quality plastic of course. These are top shelf, top flight all the way.


Quality Ratings for (Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
N/A 5 N/A 5 10 10 10


The LFT “Magic Shad” gets top performance marks from me. Being a salt impregnated plastic, these baits are heavy and aerodynamic which contributes to long and precise casts even when rigged weightless. Also, the LFT “Magic Shad” is garlic infused, which entices the fish to bite and hold on much longer, allowing for higher hook-up percentages. The “Magic Shad” has a molded hook slot allowing for ease of rigging. This slot conceals the hook point making a weedless/snag-free presentation which is great for fishing in heavy cover or structure like docks, rocks or laydowns. Easy to rig, simple to use with its fluttering, vibrating action both on the twitch and on the pause, along with durability, make the “Magic Shad” a sought after staple in any Bass anglers arsenal.



Performance Ratings (Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 4 5 5 5 24 25 9.5


Obviously, these baits are weightless soft plastics so it’s up to you to add weight in the form of a jig head or a bullet sinker/wide gap hook as needed. The subtle realism shines either way. As far as the range of sizes, the LFT “Magic Shad” comes in 5” only. I myself favor that length but adding a 3” version for neutral, finicky bass or possibly a 7” version for giant Bass or other fish of a larger variety might be something to consider. But really, the 5” version is perfect for all around Bass hunting and spring Pike of the north.


Feature /Design   Ratings (Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 4 5 1 15 18 9



The LFT “Magic Shad” can be used in a variety of situations from open water schools of smallmouth chasing bait to territorial largemouth sitting under overhanging trees or docks. One of my favorite ways to present the “Magic Shad” is to rig them weightless/weedless, to be skipped under fallen tree limbs, old wooden docks, into dock cribs and undercut banks along river/creek channels. The durability and realism makes this a fabulous choice for these situations.


(Lake Fork Trophy Lures “Magic Shad”) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   9
Performance   9
Price   10
Features   9
Design (Ergonomics)   10
Application   10
Total Score 57
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  


As mentioned, I believe that fluke style baits are a true staple in Bass fishing. The unique features that the LFT “Magic Shad” offers, such as salt and garlic infusion and its spade shaped, action tail really sets it apart. Great action and ergonomics, along with its diverse application properties make this bait a fish catching machine. To be honest, the effectiveness of this bait reinvigorated my love, and more importantly, my overall confidence in fishing this style of bait. Also, the price is absolutely fair which is a good thing, because I think I’ll be putting in a rather large order in very soon, and so should you.


Jamie Wilson- Exist To Fish Canada Lead Writer/Editor

Jamie Wilson- Exist To Fish Canada Lead Writer/Editor

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