Shallow Water Crankbait and Jerkbait Fishing | B8Lab Fyre Shad

Shallow Water Crankbait and Jerkbait Fishing | B8Lab Fyre Shad


Today we are featuring the Fyre Shad by B8LAB. This lure is a a shallow water, elongated, crankbait that can be slow retrieved or twitched like a Jerkbait to entice reaction strikes. This bait is perfect for this time of year. Try running this over cover in shallow water to get spring bass to strike! Tips are provided today by Jeff of @Burly Fishing.

 

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Video transcript:



Jeff:
What's going on you guys, Jeff at Burley Fishing here and welcome back to the Monster Bass channel. Today, I want to talk to you about an amazing spring technique that you need to be trying right this second if you want to be getting on some monster bass.

Jeff:
That technique is shallow cranking or jerk bait fishing. So, today we're going to be talking mainly about this guy right here. This is the Bait Labs Fyre Shad, F-Y-R-E. And actually we had a similar bait from Bait Labs last year called the Rocket Shad. That's this guy right here, both similar techniques. One more meant for around heavy cover rock and timber and rivers especially, and around docks and things like that where big bass are hiding. And one that works just about anywhere, so Rocket Shad is the cover one. Fyre Shad, you can throw just about anywhere. Both elongated, crank baits essentially is what they call them. I call them downsized jerkbaits, they work the same. You can crank them. You can jerk them. You can do all sorts of stuff with them. We're going to be talking about these today.

Jeff:
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Jeff:
Okay. So let's focus in on this bait here. So this is the Fyre Shad. This is coming to you in some of the regions. Now I'm from the Midwest great lakes region so this is a Northern region for me. If you're in the Northeast, you might see this. If you're in the Northwest, you might see this. If you're in the Midwest, you'll definitely see this because that's where I'm from. But the Fyre Shad comes in this gold, shiny looking color. It looks awesome. Got that goldish hue throughout, little pearl translucent belly, amber to dark orange front and the big black eyes there that obviously the shallow lip, that's also narrow tapered, so that you can do some twitching action with it. And then we've got the dark amber top.

Jeff:
Now, the design is great. It's got some flash to it. I think it looks good for right now, spring season we're throwing those red, orange hues. They tend to pop more on the colors and if you guys don't know or are unaware of this bass can key in or see on their color spectrum red and orange a little bit better than other colors. And especially where I'm at we're getting a lot of that snow melt, spring runoff, ground thaw. So we're getting the dark muddy, murky, cloudy, stained water. It's more dark than it's going to be the rest of the year and the vegetation is really low too. So throwing something like this up shallow when our fish are pushing up shallow and they're pushing the bait fish up shallow, we get a lot of wind in the spring as well, so what that'll do is push those bait fish up. Our bass are feeding up shallow. This happens a lot.

Jeff:
And in the spring we're looking for where the warmer water is. So that warmer water is going to be in the shallower water so our creeks, shallow sections of the river, and then shallower bank areas of our lakes. So that's typically where I'm fishing now. A crankbait that's going to dive less than five feet, this guy right here, and as a floating crankbait is going to be great. The beautiful thing about this Fyre Shad though, is that it's also a jerkbait so you can use it for reactions in general. I can crank it through shallow cover, along grass lines, whatever grasslands I can find, through the rock and rubble. I was fishing it just yesterday. I liked the action of it. Tough day of fishing, really didn't get on anything unless we were just dead sticking a ned rigger drop shots. So, it wasn't the bait's fault, but I did like the action that I saw with it.

Jeff:
Tried twitching it a little bit. It's got a nice, subtle twitch action to it being a smaller jerkbait design, but just straight slow, retrieving this, slow rolling this through cover and around whatever cover you can find, looked really good. So highly recommend that. Now, with this type of bait or even that Rocket Shad, I'm going to be throwing them on a very similar setup. My go-to setups right now, I've got two of them, are both going to be a medium powered rod with a moderate to fast action tip. Now, moderate is definitely more ideal. This here is a Okuma Serrano. This is the blue rod on my wall, every single video I do I get comments on this thing, so it was a very good looking setup. But one of the amazing things about this rod is that this tip action's nuts.

Jeff:
It brings your backbone a little bit further down. So this is close to a moderate to fast action tip. And the point of that is that you have, I've got a jerkbait on here already, two to three trebles on this jerk bait. If you have too heavy a power rod or too fast an action tip, it's very easy to just rip all those trebles right out of the bass. And you'd be thinking like, "Yo, there's nine hooks here. How could I possibly miss this bite?" You can. So you don't want to be throwing this on a heavy power rod. Lighten it up and you're going to be much happier. Same with cranking, same idea, slower to moderate action rods will be awesome. And I really like the medium power for it to. What it really allows me to do with that softer tip is I'm able to really lean into my hook sets and then work the fish back to the boat more easily.

Jeff:
More importantly, it'll do less harm to the fish and I won't lose the fish at the boat as you tend to see on a lot of lipless bites and sometimes crankbait bites or jerkbait bites. That's that I also prefer to use a 7.3:1 or a mid range, reel gear ratio. That's going to allow me to work that bait a lot better. Having that mid range gear ratio means I can do all sorts of stuff with my action. I can twitch twitch pause. I can reel in the case of an elongated shallow crank. I can just slow retrieve it so I can just vary up that pace. It's easier to work it out on a mid range gear ratio versus a slower gear ratio or a high gear ratio, so that's just typically the way that I go.

Jeff:
That Serrano by the way was a seven foot three. This is my other favorite setup quickly becoming my favorite setup. It's actually got a chatterbait on here right now. But it's a seven foot five guide select from Okuma. The reason I love throwing it on this rod is this is a medium power. It's a seven foot five, allows me a greater casting distance. With a longer route I can also work the bait a little bit more. So twitching action is even better and cranking is a little bit easier to do as well. So really like throwing on this right now. I got this paired up again with a 7.3:1 gear ratio. This is the Helios from Okuma. Just a super smooth reel. Again, rods and reels, it's all personal preference so I'm just calling out what I have. You guys fish what you want to fish. You want to fish a lose, do the lose. Whatever you got use it. But I highly recommend you go to a longer rod, medium powered with a moderate to fast action tip. That's more plush. A more whippy rod. You're going to enjoy it a lot more. It's going to make it easier to work the baits too.

Jeff:
As far as line goes, it doesn't really matter. If you want to go with a mono backer, straight fluoro, or you want to go straight braid, just make sure you throw a leader on it. So typically I'll go braid backer. So I've got like 20 pound braid on those two setups because they're my lighter rods for cranking and then I'll go to a fluorocarbon leader. And typically that leader is going to be a 12 or 15 pound fluorocarbon leader. So that allows me to ground cover, pull through grass and weed cover a little bit easier if I get stuck or hung up in that.

Jeff:
And most importantly, because I'm fishing in the shallower water with this, and you've got a little more visibility there for the fish, I'm going to the fluorocarbon because it's invisible underwater. So highly recommend you do the fluorocarbon leader. If you don't, I guarantee you're missing fish. So if you're not comfortable doing a braid to fluorocarbon knot, one, look up YouTube videos, get better at it. If you really still don't like it, then just throw a swivel in there. It doesn't matter too much. But having at least three foot of leader there is going to enhance your bite ratio just because the fish are not going to be seeing that line so highly recommend that.

Jeff:
All right. So since office videos are no fun, let's go hit the water real quick so you guys can see what the action of this bait looks like when you're actually fishing it. Let's go. All right, we good. We good, we good. All right, you guys. So we got some pretty stained water. Lots of bait fish popping as you can see. I've got some growth now, vegetation coming in. It's April 4th. It's actually Easter today, but here's that Bait Labs Fyre Shad. It's a floating small size jerk or reaction bait, however you want to think about it. Got it set up on that Okuma Serrano combo. So medium power rod with a fast tip that acts like a slow tip essentially. This tip moves like crazy, so because this is a one to three foot diver, even though it does have pretty good rattle to it, we're going to be moving off to some shallower water. So right off the edge here is about two, three feet.

Jeff:
I'm in about 12 feet right here. BUmping some vegetation, that's what we want. So I'm going to be fishing around vegetation lines and you'll see...here, let me see if I can give you guys a view. You can see the action of it. You can reel it like a crank bait really well, but you can also twitch it. Let's try a little reel retrieve because I'm coming up on solid vegetation lines here. Also, of course got this leader line on here so I'm running braid backer flora leader, but let's check out the twitch twitch. Let me get some line here, a little twitch twitch. So you can see it still reacts. It moves around pretty well on a twitch. For the most part, I would run this like a small crank and maybe just pause and let it float so you just bury up that retrieve. You'll see it, it floats pretty fast. So it's kind of like a real brief pause. We've got pretty stained water right here. I think this color looks good though. In the stain water, it's got some flash to it.

Jeff:
All right so there you have it. That is the Fyre Shad from Bait Lab. If you haven't, you can also check out the Rocket Shad, equally great. Something a little bit better around cover versus the Fyre Shad, but both are amazing shallow cranking options as well as reaction or jerk bait options. So just make sure you're trying out different things, highly recommend adding these smaller jerkbaits or reaction baits to your arsenal versus your big old 110 sizers. So if you're not getting bit on those big jerkbaits try downsizing to something like that Fyre Shad and you'll probably get bit.

Jeff:
All right guys, take those tips, get out on the water, go catch your PBN. Make sure you're having some fun doing it. Fishing should be a great time for you, your family, your friends, everybody to get involved. That's what we advocate here at Monster Bass. Hey, thanks for watching the video today you guys. Again, be sure to subscribe to Monster Bass if you want to see more like this and if you want to qualify for some of our giveaways.

Jeff:
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