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Old 02-12-2009, 12:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am trying to work on fishing jerkbaits/hardbaits this upcoming year, as I figured out xraps last year and they treated me very well. I bought a bunch of rogues (Suspending, Rattling, Limited) in various sizes and colors, but I am not really sure how to fish them. I am assuming with the suspending versions, I could fish them like an xrap(jerk x times, then pause x counts) but I am not really sure on any of it. Does anybody have any pointers? Thanks
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Old 02-12-2009, 12:34 PM   #2 (permalink)
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With all jerkbaits, sinking, suspending, floating, any of it, I vary my presentation. That's a great aspect of them, sometimes the fish don't want any jerks at all, sometimes they want all jerks and no pauses, and sometimes in between.

Floating ones, I like to give a couple of jerks and the pause length depends on how deep I'm fishing and the cover/weeds/etc around. If I can get away with it I like a short pause, just enough to allow the bait to back up a little, I get lots of hits on the back up motion (meaning..on the pause the bait will start to float up towards the surface, which actually gives the appearance of a fish backing up as it goes more shallow). I was just watching a show last weekend where they talked about this exact thing and how bass can't resist it sometimes. I agree and have used it with good effectiveness.

I love the clear water out here, you can watch you bait and play around with the action. For me, jerkbaits are all about presenting an injured fish, so I'll play with them a bit until I feel like I have an action that resembles something hurt.

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What phil said....don't be afraid to pause it for long periods of time with the suspending ones.
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I start fast then slow down if the fish want me to? The Rogues and x-Raps are the way to go when the water is cold, but the Lucky Crafts come into their own as the water gets warmer.
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With stickbaits fishing for walleye along a dam for example, I burn it and just reel as fast as I can.
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Suspending Rouges are one of my all time favorite jerkbaits. Fish them the same way as others, but stay with long, very long pauses in between. Don't get carried away with really violent jerks either. Depending on your rod/reel/ line set up, a short, even sweep with the rod will move that bait very nicely.

The original floating Rouge makes an excellent twitch bait on the surface. I've caught 4 walleyes over 8 lbs. using this method.

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Good advice all..............I too am wanting to work on my jerkbait techniques. I'd like to see Don "Walleye Jerkbait Master" Broeren give his 2 cents on this.
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I'm working on an article on this very subject, should be done by March at the pace I'm going!
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I'm working on an article on this very subject, should be done by March at the pace I'm going!
Sweet! Thanks!
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I'm working on an article on this very subject, should be done by March at the pace I'm going!
Terrific! We're finally going to learn where "the spot" is!



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