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Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« on: November 27, 2012, 01:45:09 PM »
I like to fish jerkbaits. Some people throw them throughout the season. I only fish them at water temps of 50 and below. I primarily fish only 4 brands of baits though I do keep a few other brands and sizes on hand. The 4 baits I use the most are the Lucky Craft Pointer 100, the McStick, the Luck E Strike RC, and the Ito Vision 110. While all 4 of these baits generally look the same in size and appearance there are also differences. I have difficulty deciding which bait to throw. I need a general standard or gauge to assist in making my choice based on the conditions I encounter. Can you offer ideas on how to choose a particular bait over the others and explain why? Consider things like sky condition, water color, water temp, and depth when commenting and also add feedback on bait color patterns you would choose under the conditions. Do you like a bait that sinks slowly, floats upward slowly or completely suspends ? Do you like them to suspend neutrally or nose down or up ? I do catch fish on jerkbaits but I pull my hair out trying to decide which bait would be my "best choice" for that day.

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Re: Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2012, 02:51:04 PM »
Let's start by saying I hate them.  But I do throw them.  I have a bunch of LC but they have not produced for me very well.  I have caught more on the Mann's that were $1 at Wally World than the LC.

The most productive one I have ever used is the Xrap is I remember the name correctly.  I got a butt waxin from the back of the boat with one of them.  The count was like 5-0 as my LC weren't getting any bites.  The guy loaned me one and we proceeded to catch 98 that day with 5 over 4# and the best at 6.5#.

Smithwick Rogues are big time around here for some guys.

BTW:  I wonder who throws them all year long, could it be Seveo???
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Re: Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2012, 05:07:20 PM »
As far as water temps go Steve, I do about the same as you. I believe it was a floating Rogue I used last January at KY Lake that salvaged my day for me. I have Suspend Dots on it to make it suspend. It is black/orange/silver. I was throwing up shallow and working it back to me. When I caught my keeper that day I noticed I was sitting in six feet of water. I'll bet that bass was in about a foot or less when I hooked it. That particular day was blustery and wet. I had ice forming in my rod guides all day. I was at Laurel River Lake (southcentral KY) in February. I was using the same bait and first caught a rainbow trout (stocking size) but a few casts later I had a "big" fish on. Could have been a huge smallmouth. I never got to find out cause it took off straight away from me. I could feel the hooks pull free. That day was mostly cloudy and my bait was in at least 10 feet of water when I got bit.
This particular Rogue is what I throw the most, when I use one, because it works for me in all types of light. It is around four inches long, give or take.

If you join me in January at KY Lake, Steve, I will show you how it works :)  I will let you know the dates as soon as I hear from my son at Murray about when his program will be.
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Re: Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2012, 10:56:44 PM »
Jig Man I hear lots of good praise regarding the X-Rap. I don't own any of those. I think you could catch fish in the Sahara with a mosquito. Ha ha.  Carter , I hope the January deal can come together. My grandson has developed some unexpected but serious health concerns that may affect things a bit but we will see how it goes. Let me know what ramp you have in mind so I can do some beginning research. I posted this same thread on a different forum and got slightly ripped for not fishing them  all year. LOL
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Re: Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2012, 10:22:51 AM »
Steve I hope your grandson gets to feeling better soon. The ramp I plan to use is at Kenlake State Park. Last time I was there it was too windy for me to take my boat out onto main lake. But it didn't matter because there were fish in that creek.
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Re: Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2012, 11:20:05 AM »
Carter, It looks like that ramp is about 111 miles from my place. The only times I have been there I fished quite a bit further south and used Mason's ramp which is about 106 miles so the mileage difference is nominal or moot. It looks like I would need to get a Kentucky liscense, is that right ? Arrgh !

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Re: Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2012, 01:14:00 PM »
Yep, but you can get a non-resident one-day for $10. A seven-day costs $30 and a year would be $50. If you don't mind riding in a small boat you could leave yours at home.
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Re: Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2012, 08:05:43 PM »
Steve, i dont fish them often enough to remember everything there is to know about them, but i do use them sometimes. I tend to be an econo-basser on alot of things so i dont own the higher dollar ones. The best jerkbait that i have ever used was an old .99 Hellcat back in the day in the black/chrome pattern.  :laugh:

What times i do fish them, (i will not fish them in muddy water) the water is slightly stained to clear. I also tend to use baitfish colors with some greens thrown in the mix, and some metallic baits of course. I fish them for suspend fish in general. And it is usually over some depth of water, i.e. out over a main body point. In this case i tend to use suspending models that are down a few feet.

Another situation, is in a little shallower water around tops/laydowns near deeper water in creeks. If the water is dang near dead calm, i like to throw them into or around the top on a fairly long cast and just let it sit and barely twitch it every few. A floater for this twitching it thing, and if they prove to be on the outsides and a little deeper, the suspending baits is what i try.

fall of the year, pre-spawn mainly

 



 

   
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Re: Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2012, 08:37:25 PM »
Carter, I'm glad I can get the one day for $10. I'll be glad to fish out of your backseat. If we need my boat that's OK too.  Buzz thanks for the feedback. Your comments about fishing them on points is one I keep hearing so I'll keep that in mind.
 
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Re: Jerkbait Preferences or Ideas
« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2012, 10:21:54 PM »
Sounds good Steve. I will be fishing at least two days anyway. The day I get there for a little while and then the next day. So probably Saturday morning and then on Sunday.
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