Jerkbait Fishing (Fall and Winter Killer Bait)

Today @Badbassfishindads breaks down one of our FAVORITE Fall and Winter Lures! The Jerkbait is an absolute BEAST! Tips, Tricks, Techniques and see it in action during this video!

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Video Transcript:

Chris Murphy:
What's up guys? Today, we're going to talk about the jerkbait. So the jerkbait is a very clutch fall and into winter bait that I love to use, basically starting right at the end of summer all the way through till spring time. It's fall right now, so we'll go ahead and break down the fall first and then we'll move into winter time. First things first, let's talk about the setup I like to throw it on. This is a seven foot medium heavy, fast action taper mach crushed combo. It's coming with a 7:5:1 gear ratio from lose reel. And it's a 12 pound fluorocarbon that I use specifically for the jerkbait. Now here's why, the rod length to me, doesn't make much of a difference. That's personal for me. I do need it to be a medium heavy to fast action taper, that way I feel like I get a little bit more play in the rod as I'm jerking the bait along.

Chris Murphy:
And it's got a little bit of girth to it. Just in case you do land one of those big bass, you got a little bit of oomph behind it to set the hook and to land the bass. The gear ratio on the reel is going to be much more of an important thing for me, being a faster reel, a higher gear ratio. And here's why, so in the fall, when you're fishing with bass that are blowing up or chasing schools at bait fish, and you're visibly able to see that from where you're fishing from, it is clutch that if the bait is in the water, to be able to burn that bait back in and get it launched again, back over to where those bass are feeding.

Chris Murphy:
In the fall time, when bass are blowing up on fish and they're feeding bait fish, and they're very energetic, they're chasing after these bait fish and the reaction bite is much stronger than it is in the winter time or in the summertime, it is clutch to have this jerkbait and be able to throw it in quick like that. All right. Flourocarbon is a must. The 12 pound, that's your preference, how heavy or light you want to go with it. I go with 12 pound being a little bit heavier, but nothing crazy thick because I do want the line to sink and flourocarbon sinks better.

Chris Murphy:
Well flourocarbon sinks, your monofilament and your braid are going to float on top of the water, where flourocarbon will sink. The 12 pound tests just that medium ground that I feel comfortable with throwing my square bills, swim bait, stuff like that. I will go up to 15 and I might even drop as low as 10, depending on how clear the water is that I am fishing, but 12 pounds right there in the middle, good feel. Now that's your setup. That's it. Get yourself a medium heavy, fast action rod, throw some fluorocarbon on it, tie on your jerkbait. And let's talk about how you're fishing.

Chris Murphy:
In the fall like I said, the bass are chasing bait. They're going after them. They're very energetic and they're chasing bait. So good to move this thing pretty quickly. Like I said, if you see fish blowing up or you see a school of bait fish, throw this right up in there, right where do you see them blowing. You want to give it a couple of cranks because that square bill on the front of it or the bill really, will bring it down, bring it down two to three feet and then that's when you start to jerk it. Now when you're jerking the jerkbait, always want to do it on semi-slack line. If your line is tight and you're going to pull this jerkbait a long distance through the water, where you're going to pull it out of the strike zone faster. When I say a semi-slack line, I mean, it's just not taut.

Chris Murphy:
It's got a little bit of curve in it. You're not pulling on a straight tight line. Just a little bit of dip to it. In fall time, you want to give it quick jerks, two to three jerks. And you're just constantly turning this thing in. Throwing it up into where the bass are feeding, a couple of quick jerks and the whole time you're just slowly turning this, jerk, jerk, turn, jerk, jerk, turn. Just keep on burning it in. If you come out of the strike zone, you just reel it in, throw it back in there and keep going. What this is doing is, every time you jerk this on semi-slack line, your bait is doing like this.

Chris Murphy:
You're jerking it, it's flashing its sides. So the bass out there chasing bait fish, this thing hits the water, comes down and starts jerking in front of them. It's going to imitate those bait fish in exactly what they're doing when you throw it in there. And you're doing it quickly because those bait fish aren't hanging around waiting to get eaten. They're trying to get going. So you want to throw in there and imitate that with your quick jerks and you're burning it in now.

Chris Murphy:
That's fall fishing. That's basically it. Keep throwing this thing in there. It's three to five feet usually for jerkbaits. Throw it up along the bank and just bring it in. If you're not finding bait that's feeding openly, you're not seeing bass pop in the water, you can still throw this over grass beds, next to cover. It's a great bait, but I keep it tied on and regular so that when I do see bass or fish busting on top of the water, I'm throwing a jerkbait, nine times out of 10.

Chris Murphy:
Now let's talk about winter time. So we talked about fall, bass are quick they're feeding. Winter time the water is going to drop severely in temperature. Those bass are going to move a little bit deeper. They're going to get a little more lethargic. They're not really going to be chasing bait anymore. A lot of the small baits going to either be eaten or have died off due to the cold temperatures. So a little bit larger of a jerkbait is a good idea. You're really slowing it down here in the winter time. You're throwing it out there, good cast out, you're going with small jerks, and then pause, pause for a nice long pause. Two to four seconds pause. And then you give it another two jerks, slow reel. Just keep that semi-slack line, okay. Jerk, jerk. If it gets too slack then you put a little bit of tension back into it, but never fully taut and jerk, jerk again, give it a nice, long pause.

Chris Murphy:
And you're looking to get bit a lot more in the wintertime because what that bait's going do is it's going to stop. And it's just going to sit there and that's going to draw the bass in. And when you go to jerk it again, that's when they'll strike. When they get closer, they think it's an easy meal, that little bit of a twitch and again, the semi-slack line comes in very clutch here, because if you're taut, you're going to pull it too fast. You're going to pull right out of their strike zone, they're not going to chase after it. But if it's right in front of their face and you just give it a little twitch here and there, bam, I promise you they'll hook up way more often in the wintertime. That's the jerkbait. Go ahead and enjoy this clip here of me. I just went out and through this fall fish busting, it's a great bait. I'll catch you guys next time. Peace out.

Chris Murphy:
Yep. Oh my gosh, it's a tank bass. Oh my gosh, it's huge. Yeah. Oh crap. There we go, baby. There we go. Jerkbait, getting it done with the largest. Look at this thing. He choked it too.


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Jerkbait Fishing (Fall and Winter Killer Bait)

Jerkbait Fishing (Fall and Winter Killer Bait)

Oct 30, 2020 Fishing Tips

Today @Badbassfishindads breaks down one of our FAVORITE Fall and Winter Lures! The Jerkbait is an absolute BEAST! Tips, Tricks, Techniques and see it in action during this video!

Click here to check out Chris' channel for more tips and techniques.

To get yourself a box before they sell out, CLICK HERE and use code SAVE10, to get $10 off!

Click here to subscribe to our channel for Pro tips and Bait breakdowns on a monthly basis.

Video Transcript:

Chris Murphy:
What's up guys? Today, we're going to talk about the jerkbait. So the jerkbait is a very clutch fall and into winter bait that I love to use, basically starting right at the end of summer all the way through till spring time. It's fall right now, so we'll go ahead and break down the fall first and then we'll move into winter time. First things first, let's talk about the setup I like to throw it on. This is a seven foot medium heavy, fast action taper mach crushed combo. It's coming with a 7:5:1 gear ratio from lose reel. And it's a 12 pound fluorocarbon that I use specifically for the jerkbait. Now here's why, the rod length to me, doesn't make much of a difference. That's personal for me. I do need it to be a medium heavy to fast action taper, that way I feel like I get a little bit more play in the rod as I'm jerking the bait along.

Chris Murphy:
And it's got a little bit of girth to it. Just in case you do land one of those big bass, you got a little bit of oomph behind it to set the hook and to land the bass. The gear ratio on the reel is going to be much more of an important thing for me, being a faster reel, a higher gear ratio. And here's why, so in the fall, when you're fishing with bass that are blowing up or chasing schools at bait fish, and you're visibly able to see that from where you're fishing from, it is clutch that if the bait is in the water, to be able to burn that bait back in and get it launched again, back over to where those bass are feeding.

Chris Murphy:
In the fall time, when bass are blowing up on fish and they're feeding bait fish, and they're very energetic, they're chasing after these bait fish and the reaction bite is much stronger than it is in the winter time or in the summertime, it is clutch to have this jerkbait and be able to throw it in quick like that. All right. Flourocarbon is a must. The 12 pound, that's your preference, how heavy or light you want to go with it. I go with 12 pound being a little bit heavier, but nothing crazy thick because I do want the line to sink and flourocarbon sinks better.

Chris Murphy:
Well flourocarbon sinks, your monofilament and your braid are going to float on top of the water, where flourocarbon will sink. The 12 pound tests just that medium ground that I feel comfortable with throwing my square bills, swim bait, stuff like that. I will go up to 15 and I might even drop as low as 10, depending on how clear the water is that I am fishing, but 12 pounds right there in the middle, good feel. Now that's your setup. That's it. Get yourself a medium heavy, fast action rod, throw some fluorocarbon on it, tie on your jerkbait. And let's talk about how you're fishing.

Chris Murphy:
In the fall like I said, the bass are chasing bait. They're going after them. They're very energetic and they're chasing bait. So good to move this thing pretty quickly. Like I said, if you see fish blowing up or you see a school of bait fish, throw this right up in there, right where do you see them blowing. You want to give it a couple of cranks because that square bill on the front of it or the bill really, will bring it down, bring it down two to three feet and then that's when you start to jerk it. Now when you're jerking the jerkbait, always want to do it on semi-slack line. If your line is tight and you're going to pull this jerkbait a long distance through the water, where you're going to pull it out of the strike zone faster. When I say a semi-slack line, I mean, it's just not taut.

Chris Murphy:
It's got a little bit of curve in it. You're not pulling on a straight tight line. Just a little bit of dip to it. In fall time, you want to give it quick jerks, two to three jerks. And you're just constantly turning this thing in. Throwing it up into where the bass are feeding, a couple of quick jerks and the whole time you're just slowly turning this, jerk, jerk, turn, jerk, jerk, turn. Just keep on burning it in. If you come out of the strike zone, you just reel it in, throw it back in there and keep going. What this is doing is, every time you jerk this on semi-slack line, your bait is doing like this.

Chris Murphy:
You're jerking it, it's flashing its sides. So the bass out there chasing bait fish, this thing hits the water, comes down and starts jerking in front of them. It's going to imitate those bait fish in exactly what they're doing when you throw it in there. And you're doing it quickly because those bait fish aren't hanging around waiting to get eaten. They're trying to get going. So you want to throw in there and imitate that with your quick jerks and you're burning it in now.

Chris Murphy:
That's fall fishing. That's basically it. Keep throwing this thing in there. It's three to five feet usually for jerkbaits. Throw it up along the bank and just bring it in. If you're not finding bait that's feeding openly, you're not seeing bass pop in the water, you can still throw this over grass beds, next to cover. It's a great bait, but I keep it tied on and regular so that when I do see bass or fish busting on top of the water, I'm throwing a jerkbait, nine times out of 10.

Chris Murphy:
Now let's talk about winter time. So we talked about fall, bass are quick they're feeding. Winter time the water is going to drop severely in temperature. Those bass are going to move a little bit deeper. They're going to get a little more lethargic. They're not really going to be chasing bait anymore. A lot of the small baits going to either be eaten or have died off due to the cold temperatures. So a little bit larger of a jerkbait is a good idea. You're really slowing it down here in the winter time. You're throwing it out there, good cast out, you're going with small jerks, and then pause, pause for a nice long pause. Two to four seconds pause. And then you give it another two jerks, slow reel. Just keep that semi-slack line, okay. Jerk, jerk. If it gets too slack then you put a little bit of tension back into it, but never fully taut and jerk, jerk again, give it a nice, long pause.

Chris Murphy:
And you're looking to get bit a lot more in the wintertime because what that bait's going do is it's going to stop. And it's just going to sit there and that's going to draw the bass in. And when you go to jerk it again, that's when they'll strike. When they get closer, they think it's an easy meal, that little bit of a twitch and again, the semi-slack line comes in very clutch here, because if you're taut, you're going to pull it too fast. You're going to pull right out of their strike zone, they're not going to chase after it. But if it's right in front of their face and you just give it a little twitch here and there, bam, I promise you they'll hook up way more often in the wintertime. That's the jerkbait. Go ahead and enjoy this clip here of me. I just went out and through this fall fish busting, it's a great bait. I'll catch you guys next time. Peace out.

Chris Murphy:
Yep. Oh my gosh, it's a tank bass. Oh my gosh, it's huge. Yeah. Oh crap. There we go, baby. There we go. Jerkbait, getting it done with the largest. Look at this thing. He choked it too.

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