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What is a good econimical jerkbait. These friggin things are expensive! I normally use Hula Poppers (greatest thing ever in my opinion) for top water and have several crankbaits for below surface but have never had any luck with the one jerkbait that I have.  Why are they more expensive than a crankbait anyway???  I bought a cheap one for 2.99 in the junk section at BPS once and never caught a thing with it.  Thought about adding a few to the tacklebox but don't reaally want to pay $15-20 for them.  

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Smithwick Suspending Rogues are $5-$7 depending on where you buy them and they work great.

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Smithwick Rogue and Bomber Long A are both productive baits that won't empty your wallet and they come in both floating and suspending versions.

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River2Sea Humbug minnow. Its been my most productive jerk and I've just about thrown them all. Its less than 6 bucks and will catch fish!

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Smithwick Rogues are good. I also like the Bass Pro XPS suspending jerkbait in the bigger size.

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The most economical jerkbait (and best all around IMO) is the Matzuo Phantom Minnow. I think it retails for $2.29 and it has more action than any other jerkbait on the market. They aren't very durable though.

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I'd say a smithwick rogue or the Rick Clunn megabass look alike.

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Smithwick Rogues

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My jerk-baits...

 

(1) Cotton Cordell Red Fin 5" (High riding and extra bouyant) - $5.99
Color: CHR/BLACK BACK

More info on the lure: "The Red Fin Minnow is a classic ''V-wake'' lure from Cotton Cordell that
calls trophy bass to the surface. The Red Fin's hollow head design allows it to be twitched and
worked on the surface like no other minnow lure. Quality components and a highly-detailed finish
includes red markings to simulate gill plates add to the Red Fin Minnow's effectiveness."

(1) Bagley BangOLure Jerk Bait 3/8oz (Floating) - $8.49
Model BL5-BB: Genuine Balsa Wood, Classic Stick/Jerk Bait, 5", Dives 1-2 feet.
Color: Baby Bass

More info on the lure: "Jim Bagley’s first balsa bait - the Bagley BangOlure Jerbait is one of the
original and most castable balsa stick bait on the market. Great as a surface lure, it will also dive
down to 2 feet. Cast it, let it sit, and then rip it on the surface, the Bagley BangOLure has a wide,
enticing wobble that bass can't resist."

(1) Bomber Long A B15 Shallow Diver Size: 4-1/2", 1/2 oz. (Floating) - $5.79
Color: Silver/White/Red

More info on the lure: "The long, slender profile and super-tight wiggling action of the streamlined
Bomber Long A create a lifelike swimming motion. The internal rattles sound out in a loud rhythm to
draw the attention of open water fish over long distances. Floats quickly while at rest to entice
added strikes during a stop-and-go retrieve."

Megabass Vision 110 Squarebill Hook size #6 (Floating) - $24.99
(1) Color: GG. Gill

More info on the lure: The Megabass Ito Vision 110 Square Bill still delivers the uncanny fish
catching ability of the original 110 - now with a square bill for unique, new action.
The reinforced square bill bites into the water more effectively that the original bill,
redistributing water flow along the belly for a sharper, wider darting capabilities.
It also features the Megabass “muli-way moving balancer system” (PAT.P) for longer casting and
optimal balance on the pause. Also a great choice for fishing in current, the 110 Square Bill
generates a precise and delicate realistic action that bass can’t resist. Available in a wide
range of the famous Megabass colors, the Megabass Ito Vision 110 Square Bill delivers proven
Japanese performance that only the mind of master lure designer, Yuki Ito, could create.

Megabass Ito Shiner Hook size #4 (Suspending) - $25.99
(1) Color: GG. Perch

More info on the lure: Made with a slightly larger profile than the Megabass Vision 110, the
Megabass Ito Shiner was originally developed to give Megabass prostaffers, Aaron Marten and
Edwin Evers, a leg up on the competition. Now available to anglers all across the USA, the
Megabass Ito Shiner is a serious threat to bass with its high-pitch rolling and erratic lunging
action. Internally, the Megabass Ito Shiner is equipped with a tungsten weight-transfer system
for increased casting distances, and 30% more side-to-side movement. Externally, the Megabass
Ito Shiner is 5mm longer than the 110 and slightly taller, which gives it more surface area and,
in turn, more flash. When you’ve got your limit and it's time to stop fooling around, tie on the
Megabass Ito Shiner to put that money fish in the well.

(1) Smithwick Limited Rogue: Length 4.5", Weight 3/8oz (Suspending) - $5.19
Dive Depth 0-5ft, Hooks #6 Gamakatsu
Color: Nuclear Clown

More info on the lure: "Each Limited Rogue features Smithwick's "Limited" decoration, which includes
scale backs, gill plates, predator eyes, metalized bodies and realistic features. The combination of
refined paint schemes and bright plated bodies creates an unmatched lifelike depth and flash."

 

Get mostly floaters, but a couple suspenders too...

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Smithwick Rogues are good. I also like the Bass Pro XPS suspending jerkbait in the bigger size.

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The Smithwick Ralttlin' Rogue, be careful which one you get as there are a bunch of different models so make sure you get a suspending model. Rapala X-Rap and the Husky Jerk, I love the X-Rap and the Husky jerk is a proven fish catcher. Last in the group of less expensive baits that work, is the Storm Twitch Stick, normally these are anywhere from $5.50 at a high price and $3.88 at the low end sale price but Tackle Warehouse has them for $4.99. The Storm Twitch Stick is decent at suspending in the 10 size which is 4" long, the smaller 3.25" size 8 needs a suspend dot and sometimes 1.5 to suspend properly but they work and the reason is they have a characteristic that up until they came out, only Lucky Craft Pointers had. That characteristic is a free moving ball inside that causes the bait to wobble or vibrate when it comes to a dead stop, that little bit of movement is a killer when the fish won't commit to other baits, it is the best deal in jerkbaits at the moment.

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I like X-raps and Husky jerks. Change the stock hooks out and add something sticky.   Add suspend strip/dot to the underside of the baits bill, then test in some cool water til it suspends or barely sinks, you can cut off small portions of the strip depending on your water temps, and always be suspending.  why on the underside of the bill? Gives it that nose down attitude that a pointer or 110 will make outta the box.

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Great suggestions!  Thanks again guys! I think I will go over to TW and check out Smithwick and those twitch sticks.

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