There are two basic types or styles of Jerkbaits that are sold on the bassin market today. They would fall in the catgories of:
The Soft-Jerkbaits type or style would cover the soft-plastic baits such as; Bass Assassins, Squids, Slug-Os, Dartin Shads, Skuirmin Jerks, Flukes, Flappin Shads, Etc......
And the Hard-Jerkbaits type or style would cover the hard plastic or even wood types such as; Rapalas Husky Jerk,Jointed-Minnows, Floating Minnows, Smithwicks Rogues, Bombers Long-As,Rebels Minnows, Bagleys Ratlin Twitcher, etc...... There are many, many, more of these same type of baits made from different manufacturers that would fall under this category.
Jerkbaits, without question would definitely fall in the Top-10 category of all artificial baits used by Tournament Anglers in todays bass fishing. This is because these types of baits have proven themselves over and over to not only catch numbers of bass, but to catch quality bass as well.
These baits are used by many anglers they are one of the more versatile types of baits on today's market and can literally be fished just about anywhere at any time. There are many different techniques and presentations you can use when fishing with a Jerkbait. Ill explain a few of the more popular presentations to help you increase your success rate when it comes to catching bass.
Top Water Techniques
Cast the bait into the midst of the vegetation and make short twitches, periodically letting the bait lay still on top of the vegetation Keep repeating this technique all the way back to the boat. If you dont have any vegetation on your body of water, then cast the bait over submerged structure areas.
Now, lets say that you are into an area that has scattered vegetation with pockets of open water at the same depth. In this situtation you can use either a Soft or a Hard Jerkbait, but keep in mind that a Hard-Jerkbait has exposed hooks already fastened to the bait (which means it is easy for the bait to get caught-up on this vegetation).
With either bait, cast it into these open pockets of water, make a couple of small sharp twitches, then let it lay still for a moment. Usually after the bait lays still, the first twitch after this still period is mostly the time when a bass will strike, so be ready! To use a "Soft-Jerkbait" in this same area, add a little weight to the bait so the bait will slowly drops to the bottom. Again, let it lay there for a moment, then make a couple of small sharp twitches lifting the bait back up to the surface and let it drop again. You will find that this technique can be very rewarding if you give it a try. This technique will work around structure, rip-rap, docks, fall-downs, bank edges, trees, stump areas, and just about any areas which are fishable.
Deeper Water Tactics
In the case of the Hard-Jerkbait, select one that suspends and has a diving-bill on the front of it to get it down under the waters surface. Most of these Hard-Jerkbaits will be made for the depth of water you choose to fish (the bigger the front bill, the deeper it will go). Now, choose one for a 8 depth, cast it out, start your retrieve to get it down to the desired depth, then start jerking or twitching it a few times. Be sure to pause and let it lay motionless for a moment. Keep repeating this technique all the way back to the boat.
When the bass are more active, you can just twitch and jerk the bait all the way back to the boat without any pause. One factor to always remember when bass fishing is:
Now, lets use a Soft-Jerkbait in this same area. To get the Soft-Jerkbait down in deeper depths you can rig it actually three different ways.
Either three of these riggings will allow you to work these Soft-Jerkbaits at deeper depths.
Good luck with these techniques. They've caught a lot of bass for me and I know they will help you catch more bass.
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