The floating, suspending and sinking jerk baits all have a time and place they are used. Jerk baits are a lure for all the seasons and are productive when the right one is used. The advancements in lure technology over the last thirty years have made jerk baits an even better option. Today’s model comes with various lips affecting the action and depth.
Anglers tend to overlook the advantages of jerk baits. They provide a controlled depth and retrieve rate that other lures cannot achieve. The different models work for the conditions you will face throughout the year including cold fronts, excessive heat, and many of the other conditions.
Floating Jerk Baits
The floating jerk bait is common among anglers. It is likely you have at least a few of these lures. When the retrieve is stopped the lure floats up. This action does trigger strikes in the right circumstances.
In warmer weather, the floating jerk bait is at its best. The fish are active and willing to go after something that moves. The rising action on the lure mimics a minnow fleeing towards the surface. This is why a fish goes after them. At times, the fish will want this action instead of steady moving baits.
Use the floating models in heavier cover such as brush piles, fallen trees, submerged vegetation, and around rocky shorelines. You can work these lures down close to the cover and let it rise. The fish will often take notice and come after it on the rise. That is when the strike happens most of the time.
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