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A Fun Bait That Works All Year Long

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Hello Anglers,

Rattle traps are great lures but they are also famous for 
being thrown by the bass as it jumps. This can be minimized 
by sticking your rod tip underwater as you fight the fish. 
This will make the jumps much more difficult for the fish.

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Enjoy a week of fishing!
Brock
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A Fun Bait That Works All Year Long
by Justin Lucas

A question I get asked a lot is, when is the best time to 
throw soft plastic jerk baits? My answer is always the same 
"I have one tied on all year long." I love to fish these 
baits so much because of all the different actions you can 
add to them! They are almost completely snagless too, so you 
can throw them just about anywhere. So lets talk a little 
bit about these soft plastic jerk baits.

Retrieves: When I start using a soft plastic jerk bait I 
will always start with an erratic retrieve, for example, 
"twitch, twitch, pause." The reason I try and do this is 
because this will attract any aggressive fish or trigger a 
reaction strike. If I don't get a bite fishing the bait 
this way or if I have some fish come up behind the bait and 
just look at it then I will slow down my retrieve with the 
bait. Like a "pause, twitch, pause." 

This makes the bait look like a wounded bait fish that will 
be an easy lunch for "Mr. Bass." If I can't get bit fishing 
the soft plastic jerk bait this way then I will slow way, 
way down. I will start dead-sticking the bait, which means 
to just leave slack line so it free falls to the bottom. 
Once my bait has hit the bottom I will pull it up every 10 
seconds to check and see if a fish has it in it‘s mouth. I 
will do this about 10 times through each retrieve.

Colors and sizes: I stick to very basic colors and sizes 
"White and five inches long." I don’t get all into the other 
colors except during the bluegill spawning season. I will 
try and find a color that resembles bluegill best. I also 
take Spike-It dipping dye and dye the tail ends of the baits 
to make it more visible to bass. When I do this I only use 
orange and chartreuse. My favorite soft plastic jerk bait to 
use is a Super Fluke made by Zoom bait company. I have found 
that the Super Fluke has the best action, it rocks back and 
forth when you pause it, which resembles an injured bait 
fish very well.

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Places to fish soft plastic jerk baits: Whenever I use a 
fluke I will experiment. When I say this I mean that I will 
cast at many various depths and target certain pieces of 
structure (humps, ledges, etc.) or, target certain pieces 
of cover (tules, trees, etc.) Fish will come up from 25ft 
of water to eat a fluke and they will chase it through tree 
limbs, if you can put the right action to them. That's why 
I talk so much about these baits because, fish will go 
absolutely crazy for them. 

One piece of cover that I love to fish is weed beds and 
isolated weed clumps. You can bring them across the top of 
the weeds and then let them fall in a hole or opening in 
the weeds. When you get the bait to fall through a hole just 
dead-stick it, and trust me, you will know when you get bit. 
They normally almost pull the rod out of your hands when you 
use this technique. I can't say that one way of fishing the 
fluke will work better than another way because it depends 
what type of mood the fish are in on that particular day and 
that's why I always experiment.

Rods and lines sizes: I normally always fish flukes with 
6/30 braided line on a spinning rod (7’ medium heavy.) I use
the medium heavy because it has enough strength to pull the 
fish out of weeds and trees. It also gives the bait the 
action that I like and good hook penetration (especially 
with the braided line because it doesn’t have any stretch.) 
I will use 8# test in clear open water and especially if I 
am dead-sticking the bait. By the way, when you are fishing 
clear water make as long as casts as possible so you don't 
spook the fish at all.

I hope the basics I have gone over can help you become a 
better soft jerk bait fisherman. So go out on the lake with 
just your soft jerk bait rod and make your-self learn how to 
use them because, I can tell you that these baits are so fun 
once you figure out how to use them the right way that you 
won't be able to put them down! 

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On my 15th birthday, I opened a package from my mom and 
sister.  Out came a beauty case containing samples of my 
very own makeup. 

"Oh, neat," my dad said excitedly, "a tackle box!" 

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