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Suspending Jerkbait - Bank Fishing ?

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No boat currently - anybody ever fish a suspending jerkbait (i.e. 2 ~ 4 ft. suspend depth) from the bank with any success ? ... I received a couple of Smithwick Rogues from Santa and want to learn the best way to use them (if possible) without access to a boat - thanks in advance !

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Yes, I've used them from the bank with success and I did it a lot. The only think you need is the right water, right now with cold water you have to be near an area with quick access to deep water  like a flat with a deep drop that is within casting distance. You also have to have somewhat clear water, 2' of visibility at a minimum and if you can get to areas where the fish will spawn, those are the places where the fish will move to as the water warms in spring.

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Ive had great success fishing them from the bank, I have found though depending on depth you might want to stick with a floating line vs flouro to keep the bait at its shallower depth range to keep it off the bottom. Also try to learn to twitch it with a upwards rod movement instead of a side or a downwards twitch.  Smithwicks are a great bait btw, I have 6 of em in foxy momma and they produce all year long for me.

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I've caught a ton of fish from the bank on suspending jerkbaits. I've noticed a lot of fish will eat them right next to the bank, so they usually get a really long pause right at the bank before I finish my retrieve. 

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I fished them from the bank yesterday actually and caught some decent keepers, they work great this time of year... I wouldn't throw the expensive jerkbaits unless your willing to lose them or can get them back somehow when snagged. Academy sells affordable H2O jerkbaits that work great!

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Of course you can. The close it gets to bank adjust your tip up to account for the depth

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I've never tried it honestly from the bank, from reading all these posts.  I'm going to have to try it now. 

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No boat currently - anybody ever fish a suspending jerkbait (i.e. 2 ~ 4 ft. suspend depth) from the bank with any success ? ... I received a couple of Smithwick Rogues from Santa and want to learn the best way to use them (if possible) without access to a boat - thanks in advance !

 

 

I have used the rogues while pond fishing. They are a  very productive bait from shore both for big crappie & bass. 

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I have used the rogues while pond fishing. They are a  very productive bait from shore both for big crappie & bass. 

 

 

Ill second that!

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Every march and april!!!!

Sometimes i only have a few minutes to fish so i stop at some of the small local lakes and throw the LC 78 or 100 for a dozen or so casts...works well especially since the weeds arent a problem in the early months

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Rogues work great from the bank.  Just watch out for snags.

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My brother is a dedicated jerkbait addict, and he fishes them all the time from the bank. He also likes floating minnow-style topwaters as a jerkbait/topwater combination. Like bluebasser said, the bass tend to hit them right at the bank, I've noticed.

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