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Jerkbait rod casting or spinning?

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Picking up a jerkbait rod set for spring and was wondering what people's personal opinion was between casting or spinning?  If you could be specific on the advantages that would be great?  I have heard people swear one over the other better, so would love some more input. Thanks everyone. Happy Friday!

 

Disclaimer: seen others have posted about them but want more recent opinions with development of rods.

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Just posting as I am interested in this topic as well.  I use a 6'6" casting rod, but I've never tried a spinning set up.  

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Always casting gear for me. I tend to always use heavier hard jerkbaits (1/2 oz) for one thing. Also, a fast retrieve casting reel can pick up the slack much faster than your typical slow retrieve spinning reel. Ability to pick up slack quickly is very helpful when fishing a jerkbait.

 

If you're talking small lightweight jerkbaits and flukes, a spinning rod could be preferable though.

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There's not really a wrong answer, but I use a casting rods most of the time.  I do use a spinning rod for smaller jerkbaits like the Pointer 65.  I'll also use a spinning rod with 6lb flouro if I want get maximum depth and action from a standard jerkbait...I might surprise you to see how much a jerkbait 'wakes up' on that light line ;).  

 

As was mentioned already, lure weights are 1/2oz or 5/8oz for most standard sized jerkbaits and that is usually easier/better handled on casting gear.  I also like to use 10lb to 15lb flouro for jerkbait fishing and that also is done much easier on casting gear.  

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I use spinning gear nearly all the time for fishing hard jerk baits, like Pointers & Rogues.

I do this because when it is good jerk bait fishing it is generally a little windy and I find spinning gear a little easier to use in the wind than bait casting gear, especially when I'm casting into or quartering into the wind.

I cast into the wind when possible because I think that all things being equal, fish will choose to face into the wind.   I know that there are MANY exceptions to this rule and I've encountered most of them, but still I prefer spinning gear.

 

For specific gear, currently I use a 6'3" Shimano rod.   I bought it in 2000 or 2001.   Med Action with an extra fast tip.   I've used various spinning reels over the years, currently I use an older US Reels 180 Supercaster.   I know this isn't a particularly good reel but it does have the widest spool of any reel I currently own and I think that gives me more distance in this situation - and distance is part of the equation is this game.   I've tried using 7' and 7.5' spinning reels and they do give me a little more distance however I find myself smacking the boat with the downward jerk of the rod that I commonly use.  I think that a sideways jerk doesn't get the bait down as good and the straight down jerk.   . . .

compromises. . . .. .   I use 14 lb Fireline Crystal for line with a relatively short (18" or so) fluorocarbon leader of 15 or 17 lb test.   I think the sinking action of the leader gives the bait a very slight head down position - which I like.  On your jerks, the bait tends to head down - which I like.

 

So, there you got it - my current thoughts on jerk bait gear.   This isn't etched in stone, might change up something this year, might not.

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21 hours ago, Fishes in trees said:

I use spinning gear nearly all the time for fishing hard jerk baits, like Pointers & Rogues.

I do this because when it is good jerk bait fishing it is generally a little windy and I find spinning gear a little easier to use in the wind than bait casting gear, especially when I'm casting into or quartering into the wind.

I cast into the wind when possible because I think that all things being equal, fish will choose to face into the wind.   I know that there are MANY exceptions to this rule and I've encountered most of them, but still I prefer spinning gear.

 

I am totally in this camp as well.  Braid & a mono leader routinely.

The only expectation is when using a LC 128 south of the border - it's usually in & around mutant trees, HV action casting rod & at least 20lb mono.  Super fun and doesn't happen enough.

Otherwise, when presenting JK's in local water,  it's spinning gear the vast majority of the time.

A-Jay

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Personally, I use a baitcaster. The advantage that I see is just how many more casts you can take with one.

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Just now, daviswill said:

Personally, I use a baitcaster. The advantage that I see is just how many more casts you can take with one.

 

Interesting premise. 

As a user of both techniques, I've not noted one method 'faster' than the other; meaning I guess more casting per hour.

A-Jay

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I mostly use spinning gear, because the lakes I fish tend to be very windy, especially in spring and fall.

 

On the rare calm day, I'll use casting gear, because I get much better distance with it.

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For heavier jerkbaits I use a 7' MF casting, for tiny ones I use my ML 6'10" MLXF spinning (like a pointer 65). 

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Spinning gear.

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If you fish normal spring summer fall in warmer months I will usually use 12 pound test P Line Floroclear line ( a copoly line with a fluoro coating( on a 6'4 Ike series casting rod. In cold water, when fish are sluggish, I use more of a finesse jerkbait technique. This calls for my 6'8" medium spinning rod.  I use P Line Halo in 8 pound test. Here you get it down then jerk or twitch the bait, then it sits for a long pause before twitching it again.

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I use both. Anything 3/8 oz and up is easily done on casting gear. When the weight drops under 3/8 oz I use a ML spinning rod or sometimes a light for reel small rip baits. Line size is anywhere between 6 - 10#.

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Anything Pointer 100 or better, casting.  The smaller ones, and soft jerks, like flukes, I use spinning.

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  I don't know if there is an advantage, but I just prefer casting gear for jerk baits.

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I throw flukes and small hard jerkbaits on spinning. All bigger hard jerkbaits I throw on casting. 

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Curado 200i and the gloomis jerkbaits series(nice and short at 6'3").  I match that with 10lb Seagaur invisx.  I love this setup and use this in the spring a ton with a vision 110.

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I use both in various lengths but all medium actions.

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Casting.

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I prefer casting better just because it just feels more natural. I use a Falcon Lowrider Med with 12# test, usually throwing a Smithwick Rogue.

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I use both but primarily spinning in a MF action.  I have used a casting rod for heavier jerk baits on what I would say is a light MH rod.  I prefer your hybrid for both applications  One exception is flukes where i prefer braid and spinning gear pretty much exclusively.

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I use both but lean towards spinning for the same wind reason a few above mentioned.

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I think I might actually use a casting rod. I just like the wind advantage you have with it.

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I'll use both, generally though, it's a 6'6" M/F casting rod for my jerkbaits. For some smaller jerkbaits or in super heavy wind, I might consider using a spinning rod. 

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