by "The Bass Coach"
(Roger Lee Brown)
Jerkbaits, without question
would definitely fall in the "Top-10" category of all
artificial baits used by Tournament Anglers in today's bass fishing
mostly because these types of baits have proven themselves over
and over to not only catch bass in numbers, but they catch quality
bass as well. One of the primary reasons that these baits are
used by so many anglers is because Jerkbaits are considered to
be one of the more versatile types of baits on todays 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, I'll explain a few of the more
popular presentations in hopes to help you increase your success
rate when it comes to catching bass.
There are "Two"
basic types or styles of Jerkbaits that are sold on the bassin'
market today, and they would fall in the catgories of "Hard-Jerkbaits"
and "Soft-Jerkbaits." The "Soft-Jerkbaits"
type or style would cover the soft-plastic baits such as; Bass
Assassins, Squids, Slug-O's, 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; Rapala's Husky Jerk, Jointed-Minnows, Floating Minnows,
Smithwick's Rogues, Bomber's Long-A's, Rebel's Minnows, Bagley's
Ratlin' Twitcher, etc...... and there many, many, more of these
same type of baits made from different manufacturers that would
fall under this category.
First of all, I'll cover
some of the more popular techniques for "Top Water Fishing"
while using these Jerkbaits. Let's say that you pull up into
a area where you would find thick floating vegetation in about
1 to 6' depth of water, and this vegetation is covering the surface
with very little exposed open water pockets, a "Soft-Jerkbait"
would be the preferred Jerkbait to use in a situation like this
simply because of the "Weedless Rigging" it allows
you to use to keep from getting caught on the vegetation. In
a area such as this, you would rig the "Soft-Jerkbait"
without any added weight at all and rig it as a "Texas-Rig"
using a wide gap hook. Now you're ready for business!..... Cast
the bait into the midst of the vegetation and make short twitches
periodically letting the bait lay still on top of the vegetation,
then keep repeating this technique all the way back to the boat.
If you don't have any vegetation on your body of water, then
cast the bait over submerged structure areas.
Now, let's say that you
are into an area that has scattered vegetation with pockets of
open water at the same depth, 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, usually the first twitch after
this still period is mostly the time when a bass will strike!,
so be ready. Or in this same area (using a Soft-Jerkbait), add
a little weight to the bait to where the bait will slowly drop
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 fishable.
Now, let's move out into
deeper water areas to where you may have 6 to 10' depths. These
same techniques already mentioned for surface and sub-surface
patterns will work just as well in this deeper water (especially
around and on top of submerged structure and vegetation), but
now let's fish a little deeper with these baits. In the case
of the "Hard-Jerkbait", select one that suspends and
or 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
than let it lay motionless for a moment. Keep repeating this
technique all the way back to the boat, however, 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: "Always let the bass dictate
how they want the presentation!" Now, let's 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.
1. A Texas-rig with a front weight. 2. A Straight-rig with a
pencil weight, or nail weight inserted into the bait itself.
3. A Carolina-rig with the bait free floating attached to the
leader line of this weighted rig. Either three of these riggings
will allow you to work these "Soft-Jerkbaits at deeper depths.
Although I've cover some
of the basic presentations with these Jerkbaits, there are many
more! I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have
concerning bass fishing in general. I teach many students at
my 3-Day "On-Water" Bass Fishing School all phases
of recreational as well as tournament fishing techniques with
a focus on "Individual Personalized Instruction." If
you want to be much more successful about bass fishing, contact
me for information about this 3-Day "On-Water" Bass
Fishing School........ Until Next Time!
Take Care & God Bless!....."The
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