How To Catch Bass With Jerkbaits

Learn how to catch bass with jerkbaits year round in this informative video.


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Hey, what's up, guys? Nick the Informative Fisherman here on behalf of Lucky Tackle Box, and today we're gonna be breaking down Reaction Strike Kick'n Jerk Jerkbait. Let's break this puppy down. Let's break down the setup I'm using today. I like a 7' to a 7'11'' rod. A long rod is critical for making long casts. Jerkbaits usually aren't very heavy, so I like a very limber rod, something that's going to load up with a lighter bait and still make that long cast. That being said, I'm usually using a moderate to moderate slow taper. It's a very limber rod. Bending directly in the middle's moderate, bending even back beyond there is a slow taper, and then you have fast, extra fast, right in the tip. I'm pairing that up with 12 pound fluorocarbon. Fluorocarbon's extremely critical. If you feel any change in your bait, you'll be able to feel if there's grass on there, you'll be able to feel that subtle difference very easily. That being said, I'm using it on a Lew’s Speed spool. It's a big spool, I have a lotta yardage, but the nice part is...and you don't have to have a spool specially designed for long range casting, but the level wind's a little farther away from the spool, which gives you a little extra yardage on your cast. Really smooth. 
Speed of the reel doesn't really matter too much. You're retrieving this jerkbait by twitching, twitching, and you're picking up the slack. So anything from a 5:3, to an 8 speed reel doesn't really matter. What does matter, is that you have good drag, and you can pull it off pretty easily. The reason for this is a treble hook has multiple hook points. This is two treble hooks, so we have a total of six hook points. Each hook point is not huge, so you don't get a deep hookup on the fish. So allowing that fish to get it, and be able to take drag, and then you retrieve that line in between is critical for not tearing the hooks out of those fish.


So how I like to retrieve a jerkbait is after I make that long cast, some people like to reel it down, but I usually start of with a jerk and then a pause. The pause is very, very critical for getting bit on a jerkbait. Usually, you use a jerkbait in those colder, cleaner water, to where the fish are more lethargic, and when they see a pause, it looks like a wounded bait fish. So I do that one pop, and then I do that, one, two, and I give it slack line again. At all times, I'm watching the slack of my line, to see if all of a sudden the line jumps out. Then I'm gonna strictly reel into the fish and lean. That's how I get the hook set. On a jerkbait, you don't need to, wham, set it home super hard. Twitch, twitch, you feel it load up, reel into it, and lean on 'em. That limber rod is gonna get that fish for you. 
Now one thing that I've noticed about the Kick'n Jerk here, is that the casting system is really nice. The weight shifts to the back, so even for a lighter jerkbait, you're still gonna get some extra distance on your cast. That being said, a lotta jerkbaits have three treble hooks. The cool part is, the lip's all the way up here, and that first treble hook's back a ways, which is nice. When you're down there digging around rocks, the treble hook has a lotta protection with the front of that jerkbait.


That being said, what I've noticed is a lotta the time I have to take big rips with jerkbaits to get the action out of 'em. Well, my arm starts getting wore out at the end of the day and I'm doing this after working a jerkbait, but with this Kick'n Jerk right here, I'm able to make subtle movements of the rod tip, like this. Little subtle jerks. And that bait gets a ton of action. I realize overjerking it, the bait's kinda losing control. 
I catch 'em outside, how about that?


Now I'm getting this bait down from 3 foot, probably all the way to about 7 foot deep on that 12 pound fluorocarbon. If you wanna fish in shallower, fish it on 15 or 17, and if you want to fish it deeper, drop down to something like 10 pound, and that's going to allow your bait to get down deeper or run it shallower. A side tip from that, if I'm casting up shallow, and there's grass there, well, the bass live in the grass. You want it near the grass. But a lotta guys, they twitch it, and they feel it in the grass, but they keep going, keep going, and you're carrying grass. One thing you can do is put slack in there, give it a wham-wham, two fast pops. But if you still feel like you're in the grass, raise your rod tip up and give it...just like you're popping a crankbait loose, bam-bam, two upward snaps. After you do those 2 upward snaps, 9 outta 10 times, it clears the hooks of any grass. Pause it right then, because it rips outta the grass, and now it's right in front of all those basses' face, and you would be amazed on how many upward popping it out of the grass and pauses hookups I've had.
So I'm gonna give you a little bit of when to fish this and where to fish this. Jerkbaits tend to excel in colder, cleaner water. I'm out here fishing my lake behind my house right now. I got about three feet of visibility, and I really call that the maximal distance to start throwing a jerkbait. I like throwing a jerkbait where I can see 30 feet, I can see 20 feet. And limitation, if I can't see beyond three feet deep, I'm usually not throwing a jerkbait. Now that being said, colder, cleaner water, jerkbaits excel. I'm telling you, when that water gets below 55 degrees, that's jerkbait season. And the reason is that twitch and the pause. You're right there in their face. They see a hard bait sitting there. Very few people fish hard baits. You know, you could fish a lipless, or a jerkbait, and that's pretty much your hard bait selection in regards to wintertime. So winter, early spring, jerkbaits excel. 
The targets I like to throw to are shallow, rocky areas, or a rock wall. Rock always holds that little extra temperature, and you're gonna find the closer you get to the rock, it's always a few degrees warmer. That being said, those bass are gonna congregate to that area. They like to be next to deep water, okay, in the winter, and early in the spring, too. Even before they start moving up to start looking for beds, they like to have deep water. If you're within 50 feet distance, down to about 25, 30 foot of water, and there's rocks within that same distance, more than likely it's going to hold bass, and they will be catchable on a jerkbait at that point. Main lake points, rocky areas. Always pay attention, when that sun comes up first thing in the morning, pay attention to what bank that sun is on. Because that bank, that water over there is going to become one or two degrees warmer. Then when evening time rolls around, you may have active fish pull up into that area and would more than likely come after a jerkbait just like this.
Well guys, I'm Nick the Informative Fisherman, and that's the Reaction Strike Kick'n Jerk. Appreciate you watching this video. If you like videos like this, make sure to watch all of our other ones and subscribe to our YouTube channel. We'll see you next time, and appreciate you watching.

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