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Going to a little shorter baitcasting rod for jerk baits this year (6'-6" MF).  Don't want to give up distance in some clear waters.  So what's everyone's go-to line to maximize casting distance?  Braid, co-poly, fluoro, mono?  I don't think they make Nanofil for baitcasters yet... 

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not sure about a specific line type for bombing jerkbaits but i think something that is more supple without memory and with a thinner diameter will be easier to cast for distance especially with lighter jerkbaits around 1/4oz. i use sniper 6-10# and defier 11# for most of my jerkbait fishing in really clear water and have never thought i needed more distance. my 6'8" and 6'10" jerkbait sticks are used the most

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A few trains of thought here for me. 

- Braid & a leader allows for good hooksets and plenty of distance.

- Straight flouro allows for plenty of distance but may not offer the best hookset on strike with the bait on pause, especially on a long line.

I do both

- In clear water where or any place where distance seems important - I'll bomb casts when using braid.

- When throwing a jerk and using flouro, I try to only shoot casts as far as I need to in order to get bit - hoping to minimize line stretch

 (sometimes that's hard to do).

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

 

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IMO throwing jerk baits a ways calls for spinning gear.  I use the widest spool spinning reel I 've got for this job.  For line, I'm ok with 14 lb Fireline Crystal.  Once I've made the long cast and . jerk... jerk. .. jerk  - the bait is down approximately where I want it and I'm on pause - I like how the Fireline is easy to see so it kinda works as a strike indicator.  Using this line, I always see the line twitch way before I feel the fish.    Works for me.

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4 minutes ago, Fishes in trees said:

IMO throwing jerk baits a ways calls for spinning gear.  I use the widest spool spinning reel I 've got for this job.  For line, I'm ok with 14 lb Fireline Crystal.  Once I've made the long cast and . jerk... jerk. .. jerk  - the bait is down approximately where I want it and I'm on pause - I like how the Fireline is easy to see so it kinda works as a strike indicator.  Using this line, I always see the line twitch way before I feel the fish.    Works for me.

 

I can't disagree with that.

A-Jay

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I use 10lb invisx or tatsu.  I always use floro so the baits achieve the depth I want.

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I use spinning setups for my jerks with 10 lb Sufix Nanobraid to 10 lb fluoro leader. I have no reason to change a thing.

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Any reason to prefer the spinning setup over casting? 

 

I find I like the grip better on spinning for wrist jerking (or walking the dog spooks), but I wasn't sure if it was because my casting rods were more optimized for pitching/texas rig.

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2 minutes ago, HeavyTwenty said:

Any reason to prefer the spinning setup over casting? 

 

I find I like the grip better on spinning for wrist jerking (or walking the dog spooks), but I wasn't sure if it was because my casting rods were more optimized for pitching/texas rig.

I get better distance with a spinning rod.

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I have been using 8# Yozuri Hybrid on for jerkbaits the last few years. Its breaking strength is much higher than most other 8# lines. I think any where around 10# give or take a few lbs up or down is a good option. Some guys like braid with a leader or just braid but it is just not for me.

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straight 10# super natural or 8# invisX depending on time of year

68MXF st croix LTB

51 curado E /w core gears and bocas/polished shaft

 

I can bomb a pointer/ vision 110  "a country mile"

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I use mono to prevent the lure from over running the line and fouling the front hook. Jerk bait have a diving bill for a reason, FC line sinks in front of the lure on longer pauses, can't see any reason to use it. Sunline Armillo Defier 11lb has very little "stretch" for mono line and good for jerk baits. The majority of my hooked bass happen working the lure.

Tom

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1 hour ago, kickerfish1 said:

I have been using 8# Yozuri Hybrid on for jerkbaits the last few years. Its breaking strength is much higher than most other 8# lines. I think any where around 10# give or take a few lbs up or down is a good option. Some guys like braid with a leader or just braid but it is just not for me.

 

Ditto...I use 12# 

 

 

 

Mike

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7 hours ago, byram bassturd said:

not sure about a specific line type for bombing jerkbaits but i think something that is more supple without memory and with a thinner diameter will be easier to cast for distance especially with lighter jerkbaits around 1/4oz. i use sniper 6-10# and defier 11# for most of my jerkbait fishing in really clear water and have never thought i needed more distance. my 6'8" and 6'10" jerkbait sticks are used the most

Supple, no memory, long casts and zero fouling. 11 lb Sunline Defier for the win. 

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8 pound mono on a spinning rod, or 8-10 pound braid with a leader if you're comfortable throwing that.  The braid will cast farther, but you run the risk of having it wrap around the tip miscast, which I've heard can cause the line to break.:blink:

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I've been having really good luck with seaguar ripping mono.

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I am currently using Sunline Assassin 10lb. I will use this until the summer where i'll change it up. I got a free spool of P-Line Tactical 10lb, so I'll try that.

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3 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I've been having really good luck with seaguar ripping mono.

I am pretty happy with rippin so far too.  I always use floro invisx or tatsu on jerkbaits, but the rippin has been great for my mono applications so far.  

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I use 10lb p-line cxx. On a 7' m/f rod and a daiwa tatula ct 8.1 gear ratio. Not saying this is the best but it works very well for me. Can chuck a jerkbait 40-45 yards.

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I use 10lb P-Line 100% fluoro on a 6'8" SC Rage M/XF with a Lew's Tourney Lite. I only spool it about 2/3rd's full and have very little problems with back lashes trying to cast a long ways.

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Braid may get you a little more distance. Just make sure it's spooled tight enough so you don't dig in. 

 

If you want distance I'd go with a longer rod and a tuned up reel. I got my jerkbait reels tuned up by DVT this year to get some extra distance.

 

I use 10lb tatsu and upgrade my hooks to Gamakatsu G finesse trebles. The thin sticky hooks make up for the stretch of the flouro and I've got no issue with distance or hooksets. If I was using 4x strong trebles I may need to use 30lb braid and a faster rod to get those hooks set properly.

 

If your rod/reel/line/drag/hooks are all working together you'll be fine. 

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Due to its very thin diameter, braided line provides a longer casting distance  (less air-resistance).

A jerk plug tied to braided line quickly attains its diving range (less water-resistance).

Braided line has virtually no stretch during the hook-set.      Hmmm, this is a tough choice (not)

 

Roger

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I could get better distance with braid, but I use 6# Yo Zuri Hybrid on a 6' M/F GLX spinning rod for jerkbaits. It's breaking strength is well-advertised as being stronger than listed. I caught a 15 lb jumping northern pike on the setup last season using a Pointer 100. It's plenty strong, and jerkbaits fly a mile, even on a shorty rod.

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