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Who makes the best jerkbaits?

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#1 longhorn_basser


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Posted July 13 2009 - 10:38 PM

Trying to broaden my horizons and get into jerkbaits.  Just wanted some opinions on where I should start.  

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Posted July 14 2009 - 02:16 AM

Soft or hard?
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Posted July 14 2009 - 05:09 AM

my personal favorite for hards anyway is rapala husky jerk
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Posted July 14 2009 - 05:44 AM

Soft jerks starts IMO with a Zoom Super Fluke, many also like the Sluggo though I have never used one.

Hard jerkbaits, I would get a few Rapala Hushy jerks & X raps. If your budget allows get the Lucky Craft pointer in the 78 & 100 size to start.
Great colors would include Ghost minnow, Aurora Pro Blue & Chartreuse Shad. If you really want to go overboard as I have consider the Megabass Trick Darter, Ima Flit, DD (Deep) series Lucky Craft Pointers , Jackall Squad Minnows & Squirrels (Deep) are also great jerks to round out your selection. Jerkbaits are like crank baits IMO, these different models will all shine at different times and are tools to be used when you are looking to cover various depths and there will be times when you need to downsize. It also helps to have a diverse selection of colors, I tend to favor the more tranluscent colors more often than not because these baits are at their best in clear water. There are times when you'll need solid colors, especially when the skies are overcast.

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Posted July 14 2009 - 06:57 AM

I have not used a soft jerk bait, but for hard jerk baits I really like the Rapala Husky Jerk and X-Raps as well as the LC Pointers.

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Posted July 14 2009 - 07:04 AM

The best: lucky craft pointers, hands down

X-Raps are also good
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Posted July 14 2009 - 07:05 AM

Hard my personal favorite is the x rap but there are a ton of really good ones.          Soft     Slug go
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Posted July 14 2009 - 07:58 AM

Hardbait - X-Rap. Soft bait - Strike King Z-Too for surface as it floats.
Slug-Go for sub-surface and for it's versatility.
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Posted July 14 2009 - 08:22 AM

I like Lucky Craft Pointers, Rapala Husky Jerks and X-Raps.

Specifically: LC Pointer 100, Baby Bass; HJ10, Silver Blue/Orange;
and XR8, Glass Ghost.

The Lucky Craft Pointers are some of the best lures made. Pointers
have a balancing system for long casts and reduced fouling. Most
importantly, they suspend perfectly and continue to vibrate slightly
even when the lure appears motionless.

I have had good luck with the Husky Jerk. This jerkbait has
exaggerated side-to-side action which is sometimes just what
the fish are looking for.

The X-Rap performs best when fish are very active. Rapala calls
it a "slash bait" and should be fished aggressively, generally without


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Posted July 14 2009 - 08:50 AM

Mine's the LC ghost minnow pointer

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Posted July 14 2009 - 09:00 AM

If you are going to be serious about jerks then get more than one brand, size and color.  Last spring my LCs got me beat down to my knees.  My Smithwicks also didn't produce that day.  I got down 8/0 with my baits and I had to borrow and Xrap from my bud to get any action at all.  Now I own some Xraps.

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Posted July 14 2009 - 01:33 PM

Megabass Vision 110 -- Pro Blue, Deadly Black, Ito Natural
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Posted July 14 2009 - 01:39 PM

My two favorite:

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Posted July 14 2009 - 01:46 PM

I have had alot of success with the Rapala X Rap

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Posted July 14 2009 - 01:51 PM

Hmmm, not a single mention of Rattlin' Roagues... They work for me.
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