Easy Jerkbait Tips For Bigger Spring Bass

Its time to catch bigger fish! These jerkbait tips will help you catch big bass this Spring. Knowing when to throw a tiny jerkbait instead of a large offering or a bold color instead of natural, can make all the difference. When it comes to jerkbait fishing, small details can yield huge results.

Matt uses a 2-pronged approach to jerkbait fishing. He begins by searching for outliers (bigger than average bass) with large profiled baits but will quickly adapt to a triggering approach focused around schooling fish and small baits, when necessary. Understanding how to use a jerkbait as a tool instead of just another lure is the difference between just catching fish and being an excellent jerkbait fisherman.

Below is a breakdown of the baits and tackle we recommend. Don't be afraid to get out of your comfort zone this year and target the fish with baits you wouldn't have normally thrown. You might be surprised by how big of a bass is willing to swipe your jerkbait!

The baits...

-Lucky Craft Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz

-Megabass Kanata: http://bit.ly/2jG4Q85

-Lucky Craft Pointer 100: http://bit.ly/tbpointer

-Lucky Craft Pointer XD: http://bit.ly/2JsJske

-Jackall Rerange 100 and 130: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED

-Megabass Vision 110+2: http://bit.ly/2BLQIBA

-Megabass Vision 110: http://bit.ly/2j31TKb

-Megabass Vision 110 Junior: http://bit.ly/2OeAFBf

-Lucky Craft Flash Pointer 100 and 115: http://bit.ly/2aHz588

Preferred ghost colors: Ghost Minnow, GP Pro Blue, Clear Laker

Preferred Bold Colors: Nishiki, Chartreuse Shad, Elegy Bone, Table Rock Shad

Hook Upgrades...

-Gamakatsu Finesse Nano Trebles: http://bit.ly/2dWWAut

-Owner Hyperwire Split Rings Size 2: http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Recommended Hook Sizes by bait...

Jackall- Size 4

Megabass- Size 6

Staysee- Size 5

Flash Pointer- Size 6

Matt's Favorite Combo...

Rod- Expride 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL

Reel- Alberaran MGL: http://bit.ly/2uQ4oH8

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Great Alternative Combo...

Rod- Shimano Curado 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2gUWTft

Reel- Shimano SLX HG: http://bit.ly/2NfdOnk

Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

High-End Combo...

Rod- St Croix Legend Elite 6'10 Medium: http://bit.ly/2z2qdHc

Reel- Shimano Chronarch MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2n8DghB

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

Great Mid Range Combo...

Rod- Megabass Levante Jerkbait Special: http://bit.ly/2FdE3YY

Reel- Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4

Line- 12 lb Assassin Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm


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Spring Jerkbait Fishing: Beginner and Advanced Tips!

Ready to "Trigger" fish to bite like never before?! These tips are the real deal! Learn to force bass to react instead of waiting for them to want to bite. The power of a properly fished jerkbait is unlike any other lure. 

The jerk bait draws on a bass' core response. It can trigger an instinctual feeding response from a fish, regardless of their desire to bite. You're about to learn how to use a jerk bait to its fullest potential! Be sure to pay careful attention to the portion on how to work the baits with crisp snaps rather than slow pulls. 

There are a lot of great baits on the market but some seem to be more consistent than others. Below is a list of the baits we fish with confidence from prespawn to postspawn. 

Large baits...
Megabass Kanata: http://bit.ly/2jG4Q85
Jackall Rerange 130: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED
Megabass Vision 110 Magnum: http://bit.ly/2vdZOWf

Smaller baits...
Jackall Rerange 110: http://bit.ly/2ge0qED
Lucky Craft Flash Pointer SP 115 and 100: http://bit.ly/2aHz588
Lucky Craft Staysee 90: http://bit.ly/2dBzMmz
Damiki Striker 90: http://bit.ly/2FeVW7I

Replacement Hooks and components...
Treble Hooks- Gamakatsu Finesse Nano Treble (Size 4,5,6): http://bit.ly/2dWWAut
Owner Hyperwire Split Ring (Size 2 and 3): http://bit.ly/2v8ArBX

Jerkbait Storage...
Bass Mafia Casket 3700: http://bit.ly/2fg5ouM
Plano Waterproof 3740: http://bit.ly/2fvjcFB

Matt's Jerkbait Combo...
Rod- Shimano Expride 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2nTq9FL
Reel- Aldebaran 50: http://bit.ly/2fdX1Uy
Line- Sunline Assassin 12 lb: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm

All-Around Jerkbait Combo...
Rod- Shimano Zodias 6'10" Medium: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 70 7:1 ratio: http://bit.ly/2apmDJt
Line- 20 lb Sufix 832: http://bit.ly/2ae93Ji
Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9

Softbaits and hooks...
Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H
1/0 Finesse Wide Gap Hook: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM
Owner CPS Spring Medium: http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf
Gamakatsu Superline 4/0 EWG Hook: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG

The "nose rig" method for the fluke is very simple. Take the medium CPS spring and screw it directly into the nose of the fluke. Once fully twisted into the nose take the 1/0 hook and thread it through the nose of the bait AND the spring. The will give you maximum action and longevity. For the superfine hook its just a simple Texas rigged presentation. ________________________________________________________________

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Which Jerkbaits Work the Best?

On a recent trip to the Bay of Green Bay I got on a great jerkbait bite while fishing with Curt Demerath, owner of Dirty Jigs. Both of us were catching fish but I noticed Curt was doing a few things differently than I'd seen in the past. Most importantly, he was swapping back and forth between different jerkbaits rather than sticking to the favorite. By the end of the first day it was clear that it was having a huge impact on catch rate.

When we got off the water I began asking questions about why he had been making adjustments. He started giving some very in depth responses. That's when I realized we needed to pause the conversation until we could turn the GoPro on  so you could learn from him as well. Here is what happened once he got in front of the camera...

Curt breaks down the differences between the Megabass Vision 110, Pointer 100, Staysee 90, Flash Pointer, and more. He goes on to cover not only how each one moves in the water but how your cadence and retrieve should vary with each. Some shine in warm water, others in cold. Some should be ripped, others should just be pulled. This approach opened my eyes to a whole different world of ripbait (jerkbait) fishing. Often I give up on the jerkbait bite because my confidence bait isn't working, its clear now that I'm leaving a lot of fish uncaught. Switching models to achieve different actions can turn on a jerkbait bite even when a particular bait isn't getting bit.

I think every angler can glean information that will help them catch more jerkbait fish this coming year! Huge thanks to Curt for taking some time out of his day to shed light on this topic! If you're not familiar with Curt or his awesome products, you can see it all at http://www.dirtyjigstackle.com