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I have found several good 4-8 diving suspending jerkbaits but I havent been able to find any deeper diving suspending jerkbaits that have a good action, a smaller body,and I can actually get a good action with. Does anyone have any good deeper diving suspending jerkbaits.

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Lucky craft makes some decent deep diving jerkbaits... Also a megabass 101 is a decent bait.. Just very expensive..

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Look at the LC dd series or staycees.  Both are awesome. 

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Rapala DT16

 

Not technically labeled as a jerkbait, but it can be fished like one.

 

 

 

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Check out the LC Saycee...solid bait!

I tend to use flouro with jerks as well when iwant to get a little more depth out of them

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Deep diving jerkbaits in deep spots of ponds is a pattern I like to fish, for bass and pickerel. I like my bomber but its a floater. If you are fishing the lure quickly a floater will stay deep. I bought a BPS brand deep diving jerk in clown, it looks great but I haven't used it.  

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Lucky craft makes some decent deep diving jerkbaits... Also a megabass 101 is a decent bait.. Just very expensive..

Decent? They're the best jerkbaits on the market! Just teasing hehe
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I threw the perfect 10 rogue at table rock this past spring in march and I liked it. Seemed to have a good action even though I did not get bit. I'm sure I will at some point though, just haven't had another good opportunity to throw it more.

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What kind of "action" are you looking for out of the bait?  The LC Staysee ver.2 is my favorite.  Ver.3 will sink to greater depths.

 

 

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What about changing line size or adding split rings to the treble hooks for additional weight to have a slow sink . My personal favorite is wrapping wiring around the front treble hook to have a more precise depth control. I dropped to 6 lb fluro to get my luckycraft 78 dd to go alot deeper so hope this helps someone.

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X rap deep is pretty good.

 

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The megabass 110+1 is the only "deep diving jerkbait" I have found to still have a good action at deeper depths.

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The Spro McRip was my favorite this past year. I'll be trying the Pointer 78DD and Duo Realis 100DR this year as well. 

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The megabass 110+1 is the only "deep diving jerkbait" I have found to still have a good action at deeper depths.

Used my +1 a few months ago...it apprared to work just like the regular 110..i was impressed

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The Spro McRip was my favorite this past year. I'll be trying the Pointer 78DD and Duo Realis 100DR this year as well. 

 

had a 78dd american shad that had some killer action.  got it caught on a dock post like a fool, but one very very light and fragile pull and the bill snapped right off of it!  may have been a fluke, but i haven't bought another since.  i love the 78sp and 100sp, but may have a bad taste in my mouth now for the deep divers

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had a 78dd american shad that had some killer action.  got it caught on a dock post like a fool, but one very very light and fragile pull and the bill snapped right off of it!  may have been a fluke, but i haven't bought another since.  i love the 78sp and 100sp, but may have a bad taste in my mouth now for the deep divers

Try that McRip by Spro, they're a very durable bait. I've bounced mine off of rocks on the cast several times and it doesn't have a crack in it anywhere. 

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I like the LC staysee ver 3, which is a slow sinker. The ver 1 is a slow floater, ver 2 a suspender.

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My favorite is discontinued, it is the Xcalibur Xt3-D, it is the perfect size and the depth is very controllable with line size. 8' with 10# line, 9.5' with 8# line and with 6# line we can get close to 12', I'm sure if I used fluorocarbon I can get it down a little futher still but 12' is about the deepest you need to go in our waters.

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In olden times ( late 70's to early 80's) the old spoon bill stick baits were the tool used to get deeper.  Rebel & Smithwick both made spoon bill models.  Weighting them and getting them to stay down was a challenge and varied quite a bit, mostly due to water temps.  Before the Storm suspend- dots were marketed, guys wrapped solder or various gauges of thin wire around the shanks of the treble hooks.

 

Weighted sticky tape was known to golfers before it became common in bass fishing circles.  You had to cut it to fit and figure out where sticking it on the lure worked best.  Trial & error.  I remember quite a bit of discussion as to which was better - sticky tape cut to fit stuck on the body of the lure or wire wrapped around the hook shanks.

 

Another school of thought was that if you are fishing jerk baits in clear, cold water, depth didn't matter that much.  The thinking there was that if you happened to get bit with a deep diving jerk bait, you were just a likely to get bit on a jerk bait 3 feet down.  The idea being that the suspended jerk bait, with its tiny quivers was the attractor and the depth wasn't that much of a factor, and a fish would move upwards 5 or 6 feet if it was attracted at all.

 

I just listened to these discussions,  I didn't have that many rods & reels then and I for sure didn't have money to purchase spoon bill jerk baits.  During that time, my best clear & cold water bait was a Brewer slider worm fished on 6 lb line.  

 

Close to the same time, or maybe a little later in the 80's, Rick Clunn partnered with Norman Lures to produce a suspending jerk bait.  It was a hollow jerk bait with a little plug in it and it came with a little injector and the idea was that you squirted water into the bait and then put in the plug, hopefully getting it to suspend at the depth you wanted it to.  Decent idea - didn't work all that well and I only remember the bait being on the shelves for a season, maybe two seasons at most.

 

Around the same time, In-fisherman magazine was writing about how to doctor floating Rapala and Rapala husky jerks to get them to suspend at different depths.  It seemed more trouble than it was worth to me, and them admitted that you would probably ruin several baits drilling into them before you learned how to drill and weight them correctly.

 

So, there is a anecdotal history of suspending jerk baits.  These days, if I feel I've got to suspend a jerk bait,  I use Lucky Craft Pointers  (78's and 100 sized, both suspenders and DD style) and Stay-sees and mess around with the sticky dots.  Currently that seems to be the easiest fix to the problem.

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Lucky craft pointer xd.

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Lucky craft pointer xd.

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