Fall Jerkbait Fishing Tips | Messer Baits Custom XRM-80 Jerkbait

Nov 29, 2020 Fishing Tips

We brought in Alex Epperson aka, @Oklahoma’s Worst Angler, to talk to you guys about the Messer Baits Custom XRM-80 Jerkbait. This jerkbait stands out from the crowd with an amazing baby bass design.

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Video Transcript:

Alex Epperson:
Well I'll be, gosh, dang. Look at these digs. Look at all these baits here. Look at this nice chair. Hey. Hi y'all.

Alex Epperson:
I'll be right back.

Alex Epperson:
[Clay Target 00:00:11], 2025.

Alex Epperson:
What's up Monsterbass fans? How y'all doing today? I am Oklahoma's worst angler, coming back to you again on the Monsterbass channel. Before you go any further, do me a favor, hit that Subscribe button, smash the thumbs up. Okay?

Alex Epperson:
We're talking about jerkbaits today. And the one that we're talking about in particular came in the South Region box for Monsterbass this month. And they did a sick collaboration with my buddy Zack over Messer Baits. So if you are not following Messer Baits on Instagram, you need to be doing so. The guy does top-notch work. Top-notch painting of lures.

Alex Epperson:
So we've got the Reaction Strike XRM 80 in the South Region box this month from Monsterbass. Now this is a more shallow diving jerkbait. This jerkbait sits within the 2' to 4' range. However, depending on the weight of the line that you're using is going to depend on the rate that this sinks. Okay.

Alex Epperson:
So we're going to talk about equipment here just a little bit. Let's talk about the XRM 80 in comparison to say a regular jerkbait like a Megabass 110. Let's grab one of those really quick. So obviously profile is smaller. It's right there in the name XRM 80 compared to say kind of a staple in the jerkbait industry, which is the Megabass Vision 110. This is a shallower diver. A little more deep diver.

Alex Epperson:
This is where I think that for you pawn fishermen, you bank fishermen, this jerkbait is really going to excel. Being in the 2' to 4' range, it's got a subtle knock and then a small rattle to it. I believe there's one to two BBs in the top chamber. And then it does have one single weight which transfers the weight system as you're casting it.

Alex Epperson:
The weight will shift forward. So when you're casting it, you're going to get long bombing cast. When you jerk it the first time that weight is going to shift back forward. But it's also going to create a small, subtle knock to go along with that small little rattle in there, as well.

Alex Epperson:
Now, let's talk about the paint on this. Zack absolutely killed this paint. Baby Bass is one of my personal favorite colors when it comes to lures. I love it, especially when you're fishing ponds, say like a pond that does not have much of a variety of forage. You're talking bluegill to bass, maybe some crappie. Okay. Baby Bass, bass absolutely love to snatch up some babies. Okay. They love it. This is one of my favorite ones. I think it's sick. The action on the XRM 80 is fantastic as well. It sits right up there with some of the top jerkbaits I've used over the year.

Alex Epperson:
Now talking about equipment. What I like to use for a jerkbait rod, I like anything from a 7'3" to a 7'. And a lot of guys say 6.5', the 6'6" range. It's personal preference. It's completely up to you. Me personally, I like to throw it on a 7'3" to a 7' heavy, fast. I want that fast action. I want that quick taper. I want that snap in the tip of the rod. So I'll let my jerkbait kind of sit with some slack line and snap that rod. Okay.

Alex Epperson:
Now again, you probably don't want anything over a 7'3", because when you're sitting there snapping that rod down to get the jerking motion, to get that twitch, that twist and that roll out of your jerkbait, you don't want to be smacking the water. You definitely don't want to hit the bank with your rod because then you end up with a broken rod. And if you're on a boat, that's why some guys like the smaller rods, because they're not smacking the side of the boat again, damaging your rod in the long run.

Alex Epperson:
So I'm running a 7'3" heavy, fast action. On my reel, I usually keep it around a seven-gear ratio. That's personally what I like. I'm able to kind of pull up that slack line as fast as I need to without burning it too quickly. That's what I like.

Alex Epperson:
Now... Spider. Let's talk about line and let's talk about the XRM 80. Now, me personally on my kind of all purpose, rod, my 7'3" heavy, fast I'm running 17-pound fluoro. On this small of a jerkbait, it was actually creating it with a pretty quick sink.

Alex Epperson:
Okay. It was a fairly quick sink on this jerkbait. So if you're fishing from the bank, if you're throwing from the bank, pawn fishing, anything like that, you might want to go with a lighter weight line. So you get a little more of a suspension out of this jerkbait, rather than a fast sink. You don't have to work it quite as fast. Just something to keep in mind for you guys. Your jerkbaits, they will depend on the weight of the line that you have.

Alex Epperson:
The XRM 80 Monsterbass box came in the South Region. Messer Baits... Now Messer, he went out and he painted quite a few of the baits in this month's box, in the October regional boxes. So if you're not signed up already go over to Monsterbass's website, sign up, use code SAVE15. SAVE15 will save $15 off your first month's box, regional box. Okay. Regional is going to be the best, my opinion, because it is going to be baits that are designed for your region, for the waters that you're fishing, for the fish that you're going after.

Alex Epperson:
All right. Last but not least, guys. Go down to the link in description, hop over to my channel. If you would please hit the Subscribe button to my channel. Stay tuned, I'm putting out fishing content. I'm putting out bait reviews quite often, along with just some good old-fashioned fishing and entertainment. Okay. I like to have a good time.

Alex Epperson:
Now, if you guys see Clay, let him know to get out of my freaking house. Okay. It smells like grizzly monster and mullets in here. All right. I know he was here. And he'll probably be back. So be on the lookout for Clay Target, all right. Thanks for watching guys. I appreciate every single one of you. I'll see you next time we're on the water.

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