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Your Top 3 Jerkbaits?

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I tried to mix it up this past summer and went with some "budget" jerkbaits on the advice of a few members here, which worked great for me.

 

1) H2O Express ultimate jerkbait

2) Evolve Soul 5 (clearance for $3.99)

3) Luck-E-Strike STX

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Ive recently switched all of my jerk baits to 6th sense. They have amazing action.

 

make sure you switch out those hooks though 

 

God Bless 

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I fish mostly Floaters, Slow FLoaters, and really shallow suspenders but I pretty much use the following and I fish them all year, and in places most guys use Frogs or flukes as long as I can find a crease in the weeds, wind blowing the emerging weeds on the surface over, or I will literally pitch them into pockets, but I also steer them around weeds, and I fish Jerkbaits ALOT since they can be a Topwater, Crankbait, Swimbait, Suspending Jerkbait, even  slow sinking models work well at times.

 

1- Every Angler needs to have a few Original Rapala Balsa Minnows (If you read articles many pro's will state they will outfish live shiners on some days, that is rare but true, They are the Senko of hardbaits imo but you need lighter line for best results with balsa..

-F-9 is a good size to have, F-11 is my favorite, but the F-7 is good to have, I would get a Flat Rap as well for a slower float,colder water, basically the balsa version of the shadow rap...9=9mm. Colors usually only need Silver/Blk-Gold/Blk, Clown or firetiger for stained water. I usually just put chart or pink stripe on sides if stained, you can get it off later by sanding.

 

Bomber Long A 15 Floater- Best Floater for any water color, casting gear, go heavy, most strikes come on pause but waking the long A can be deadly, tournaments are often won by someone Waking a Long A but Fish have to be active feeding on bigger threadfin shad etc. I always paint the back red or pink nail polish to steer it and see if fish swirl or take it under on long casts.

 

I love the Smithwick Rattling Rogue for stained water in clown or gold/black, not the cheap looking ones, the ones that look like the Mcstick

 

For suspenders- I fish the husky Jerk, Xrap-Pointer-Rogue-timmy Horton Pro Long A suspender, Countdown rapala sinking version.

 

Line and action and how you work it matter more than brand imo. Suspenders are much different but floaters work in Florida all year round, or you can get them to slowly float or suspend anyway with adjustments. In Winter lures that sink slowly can work well, so can a slow retrieve, you don't have to always jerk a jerkbait, I learned that a few years ago, fishiing it with a pull, pause or slow roll can work well...

 

I would invest in some minnow baits for sure. Make sure you have good hooks, and if possible add some tail dressing for more strikes on the pause.

Hope that helps. There are so many good lures available now that there is really not a wrong answer but I think the fact KVD throws Rogues in the cold over his own Jerkbait even though one time it was a 1960's version says Smithwick is pretty good.

On 12/20/2016 at 7:57 PM, crypt said:

rapala flat rap,bomber long-a 14 or 15,smithwick rogue, any and all colors apply.

This. Boom. job done

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I hav so many jerkbaits, but there is one particular bait I turn to, an old JDM Flashminnow115 in MS Am. Shad.  The thing gets bit, and I've never been able to find another.  It was given to me by a friend many years ago.

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29 minutes ago, J Francho said:

I hav so many jerkbaits, but there is one particular bait I turn to, an old JDM Flashminnow115 in MS Am. Shad.  The thing gets bit, and I've never been able to find another.  It was given to me by a friend many years ago.

Flash Pointer comes in a 115 but not the FlashMinnow, the closest would be the 110 in the Minnow.

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Just now, TxHawgs said:

Flash Pointer comes in a 115 but not the Flash Minnow, the closest would be the 110 in the Minnow.

 

Explain that to my FlashMinnow 115.  It's over a decade old, and predates the FlashPointer.  The best we could figure out (@Maico1 and I) was it's a JDM, or a Euro DM only.  It's unlike ANY of my locally purchased Flashminnows.

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7 minutes ago, TxHawgs said:

Flash Pointer comes in a 115 but not the FlashMinnow, the closest would be the 110 in the Minnow.

Does it look like this? 

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Head and bill is a little different.

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On 12/22/2016 at 2:51 PM, J Francho said:

Head and bill is a little different.

I used to have a Flash minnow that was awesome and I now use a Rapala Max Rap which is similar in depth it runs & action but I think they are hard to find as they stopped making them. I think it was hard for Rapala to get $18 for a Jerkbait.

 

I think I had the 115, I have been looking for a similar Lucky craft but even on their worldwide webiste I can't seem to figure out which one is similar. Hard to find even on Ebay.

 

The Max Rap only dives maybe 2-3' but you can run it shallow & it suspends & has similar action. Just a thought.

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Smithwick Rogues are about all I ever use anymore.

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Rapala x-rap

Rapala x-rap shallow shad.

Rapala husky jerk 

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1)RC STX

2)DUO 100

3)xrap

Edited by Angry John
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Update on previous comments above. I said I would give the Lucky Craft pointer more time... I did. I went out to the Elk River (in SW Mo) and fished a 20-25 stretch of rock over gin-clear water about 14 ft deep moving very slowly. I fished for two hours. I saw several smallies under 12 inches and caught just one fish about 14 inches long on that Lucky craft pointer in the ghost shad color. Tried a little drop shot fishing and running some flat cranks but the water was cold and the fish were just not in the mood. I actually put a 2-inch swim bait just inches in front of two different 12 inch bass and jiggled it and they gave no reaction at all. SOOO. A good day with the Lucky Craft I guess. I'm still not selling my other jerkbaits off though. They may have accomplished the same thing. Gonna work with the LC some more though.

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1) Strike King KVD 300

2) Rapala Shadow Rap

3) Megabass Vision 110

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#1 SK KVD's

 

#2 Storm Twitch Stick

 

#3 I don't have one..............two is enough.

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LC Pointer

Megabass Ito Vision 110

McStick

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> Lucky Craft Pointer

> Rapala Husky Jerk

> Megabass Vision

 

 

Roger

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You guys are awesome, I really stepped up my jerkbait arsenal but not done yet. Well I'm never done w any category of baits lol. I'm fishing a tourney on Fork tomorrow and I'm pressed for time but I will list what I have aquired soon. Next is buying hooks for the baits. I'm 99% sure I'm goin w a round bend just not sure which one yet. Also want to put dressed trebles on the rear. Thanks again guys.

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3 hours ago, TxHawgs said:

You guys are awesome, I really stepped up my jerkbait arsenal but not done yet.  Well I'm not done with any category of baits yet lol.

How could you or anyone else ever be done collecting any category of baits?:huh:

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Megabass 110

Megabass 110+1

Lucky Craft Pointer

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6 hours ago, IndianaFinesse said:

How could you or anyone else ever be done collecting any category of baits?:huh:

That's actually what I meant just worded it wrong. If you go through the Bait Monkey thread you will have no doubt lol.

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1. Megabass Vision 110 (only have a few...they are expensive)

2. Lucky craft pointers (my main jerkbait)

3. Rapala X-Rap

 

Zoom Super Flukes or Magnum Flukes for soft jerkbaits.

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1. LC Pointer

2. Dynamic Lures J Spec

3. X Rap

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7 hours ago, mwh33 said:

1. Megabass Vision 110 (only have a few...they are expensive)

2. Lucky craft pointers (my main jerkbait)

3. Rapala X-Rap

 

Zoom Super Flukes or Magnum Flukes for soft jerkbaits.

Megabass expensive? You sure your not thinking of another company? Thanks for throwin your soft jerkbait favorite in there, the flukes r Mina also I fish them alot on a mojo rig. And yes I was jokin about MB being inexpensive lol. I only have 5 but just started working on building up my jerkbait box. I fished one yesterday but my boater fished areas non productive for a jerkbait.

6 hours ago, iceintheveins said:

1. LC Pointer

2. Dynamic Lures J Spec

3. X Rap

Dynamic lures, that's a new one to me. Never heard of that co. but going to check em out. Thanks always like being introduced to new co.'s

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My vote would be for the one that gives you the best confidence. My top 3:

 

1)  LC Pointers

 

2)  X-Raps

 

3)  Husky Jerks

 

I've always caught fish on one or the other at just about any time of the year.

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