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Size Of Jerkbait.....matter?

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I'm new to trying jerkbaits, I only really gave it a good try this past winter, and boy I had good success.

 

My question is this....I have a few jerkbaits that are about 3 inches long, some Rapala X-Raps....but then for Christmas I requested the Duo Realis Jerkbait 110SP. But I got it, and apparently didn't pay attention to the details of the product, because after the lip and all, the darn thing is nearly 5 inches long, comparatively it's HUGE. 

 

So will smaller bass still hit that thing? I'm in Indiana, so the numbers of 4+ pound fish I encounter is relatively rare compared to my lucky fellow fishermen down south. I get a lot of 1-3 pounders, and even more that are smaller than that. Will this be an unproductive lure for me because of its size?

 

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I don't think it matters too much...There are places locally where I will downsize to some really small ones, but for the most part the full size ones work on all sizes of fish.  It's not the same as 5" swimbait...The profile is very thin.  For example, a 5" senko is not considered 'big'..same idea with the jerkbait.

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That Duo has been a good bait for at least of couple of us on this forum, particularly for over sized brown bass.  Depending on the bait & fish in the system you're fishing, that size bait can be good. 

 

And btw my previous smallmouth PB (6-4)  came on a LC pointer 128 -

 

So throw that bait with confidence.

 

A-Jay

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Long story short, no, it doesn't matter. I've caught tons of small bass on the larger 4-5" jerkbaits. They'll hit just because they want to kill it. 

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It can matter when conditions get tough. Action and floating and suspending qualities are more important than size imo. However, I prefer that standard fair. 78s and 100s. Bottom line, if you're gonna commit to using them carry a good variety.

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 i use 1/2 generally 

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Never tried that specific jerk bait you've mentioned  Duo Realis.   However, I down a variety of jerk baits in a multitude of sizes that the times when the smaller ones ( like a 78 DD Pointer) out fish the regular size ones are few - IMO.

 

I generally start with a 100 size pointer, altered with one suspend dot between the lip and the front hook hanger.  If that don't work within a half an hour, there are a number of Rogues, Husky Jerks,, X-Raps, Long- A's, and  Redfins that are all shouting at me, yelling "Put me in, coach."

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Thanks for the input guys. It must be like soft plastics, where I've caught 5-inch bass on a 5-inch senko.....I just didn't know if it were any different for jerkbaits.

 

Thanks for the help! 

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You will never know if/why they AREN'T biting... I believe having my bait approximate the size of the prevalent forage is a good thing.

 

 

oe

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I do well with larger jerkbaits and now I've been using the smaller ones a bit more but still not as much as the larger models. A simple tip will tell you the size of the bait, when you see the number 100 it means 100 millimeters and that is about 4" and a 110 is around 4.5" and the same holds true with a 78 being 78 millimeters and it is around 3.5". Rapala and its variants like Storm use centimeters so a 4" X-rap won't be a 100 size, it will be a size 10 and a 3.5" model won't be a 78 or 80 but an 8.  If you find a website that doesn't list size this will allow you to gauge it so you don't receive any surprises.

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I like the bigger size jerkbaits because I can generally cast them further.  IMHO and weird philosophy, this gives the fish more time to follow the bait in if I am working a jerkbait quickly.

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Guessing the ment .5 oz

I'm sure your right, see what I was doing there was making a funny.

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We don't have many 4+ pound fish either, but a 12 incher has no problem handling a 5" baitfish, and they react accordingly to the 120 Duo jerkbait.

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I disagree completely.  I think jerkbait size is more important than the color.    I have found having the right size and profile make the most differance. if you can match the size of the bait the fish are used to seeing or they are feeding on, your going to catch em. 

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Size matters.

 

I have trolled for pike with 8 to 10" lures & noticed the rod tip action being wrong. Reel in 2 YES 2... 6 to 8" perch hooked on the trebles. 

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I disagree completely.  I think jerkbait size is more important than the color.    I have found having the right size and profile make the most differance. if you can match the size of the bait the fish are used to seeing or they are feeding on, your going to catch em. 

 

Despite the thread title, the OP wasn't really asking whether size was relevant or irrelevant, he was concerned that the specific one he got would be too big for his waters.  The answer to that question is no, the full size bait will generally catch all sizes of fish.

 

Whether or not that full size one will be the most productive on any given day is a different question :).  I agree that size can be important.

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I prefer the larger sizes when fish are active, and even at times when they are not since I can cast them further. The Japanese baits usually have really good long cast systems in them so on 10lb test you can cover more water and I look at it as a bait that is 110mm is a different look for pressured fish as most baits are 100mm standard size.

 

I have never thrown a Duo Jerkbait but I have used their Topwater walking bait and it is awesome. They make quality stuff so I am sure you will be happy with the purchase. I actually find 125mm to be a good sized bait for Largmouth overall, so anything 100-130mm is good with me even for small ponds with mainly 2-4lb fish.

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I disagree completely.  I think jerkbait size is more important than the color.    I have found having the right size and profile make the most differance. if you can match the size of the bait the fish are used to seeing or they are feeding on, your going to catch em. 

I agree completely that the size of a jerkbait is one of the biggest factors in getting bit, but that wasn't the OP's question, even though it's what the title suggest. 

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So will smaller bass still hit that thing?

 

 

Sometimes... sometimes not

 

 

oe

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