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  • Jerkbait usage

     john updated 11 months, 2 weeks ago 2 Members · 7 Posts
  • john

    June 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Headed out tomorrow morning to a small pond and Im thinking about working the rocky side of the pond with a jerkbait before heading to my usual t rig and chatterbait spots, any advice for a brand new jerkbait user? Im in new england, mostly largemouth but ive caught one small smallie out of the pond

  • Slothy_Seconds

    June 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    The warmer the water the faster you wanna work it.
    Second when you work the slack you don’t wanna reel down on the bait at all. You want all the movement of the bait to come from your jerks and not from your reeling. This is very important for the presentation of a jerk bait. You can counter this by reeling while you jerk or just reeling up a small amount of slack before your next jerk. A lot of my bites I’ll see the line bounce and set or they’ll be on the next jerk.

    Lastly give it time, jerk bait fishing takes time to understand . Size of your bait, cadence and colors play a huge role in getting bit. If something isn’t having success try working it differently. Faster, slower more pauses between jerks. Good luck 😸

  • mostly_c0nfused

    June 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Yeah warmer water use suspended or floating jerk baits. Sinking in winter. Match the hatch. Size is important.

  • RiverRat222

    June 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Rapala X-Rap is my favorite jerkbait.

    Be aggressive with the jerks/twitches and vary the amount of time you let it pause.

    Stretchy line is your friend, it helps give it more action.

  • PearlTrade

    June 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    What jerkbait are you going to use? I just started using them this year, first with the Rapala X Rap and now a couple others. I do a jerk-jerk-pause cadence, quickly taking out slack in the line after the jerk-jerk. I don’t use any other cadence, but I vary how fast I go. The water is warmer now so I don’t pause as long as I did two months ago. You could probably move it pretty fast and catch them. And depending on how deep it is, be careful of smashing the jerkbait on the rocks, some bills are pretty fragile.

  • WhoThatGuy

    June 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Just know that a jerkbait is trying to imitate a dying baitfish. I don’t know if you’re using a suspended jerkbait or a floating one. I prefer suspended. Just twitch it a couple times, wait, twitch, it wait, etc. That thing is gonna go nuts under water. If you can find any signs of baitfish feeding, schooling or anything that would be a could place to throw it. Good luck my friend! Tight lines!

  • sdbassfishing

    June 13, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Throw it as far as you can. Reel fast for a second or two after it lands to get it to dive a bit. Then give it a couple jerks toward you, and pause. While you’re paused reel up only the slack you’ve created by jerking it, then give it two more.

    If you’re relatively sure the fish are around, but they’re missing it or not firing, try changing up your rhythm on the retrieve. If you find a cadence that works, stick with it.

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