Posted October 30 2006 - 10:58 PM
To fish a jerkbait, the most effective way I have found to use it is to cast it out, and give a few(3-4) quick turns of the handle to get it to depth. Let it pause and rest for 10-15 seconds or longer, then with your rod tip give the bait 2 quick jerks, and then let it pause again for 10-15 seconds or longer. Repeat this pattern until the bait is all the way back to you. The most important thing to remember is to vary your cadence(number of jerks, length of jerks), and vary the length of your pauses until you find what pattern the fish are looking for. Most of the time fish will hit this bait on the pause, and usually the colder the water then longer the pause. Jerkbaits are great baits that will work year round, but they are especially effecting in water 50 degrees and colder.