Jerkbait Fishing 101 | Bass Fishing Video Tips

Jerkbaits are an essential lure for every bass angler and the conditions are beginning to be ideal for fishing these reaction baits. Jerkbaits catch bass nearly year-round but they especially crush in the fall. Bass during this time are chasing baitfish and want an erratic presentation to trigger strikes. This presentation imitates a fleeing baitfish that aggressive bass can’t resist. TightLineTV breaks it all down for you here!|

Karl’s Favorite Jerkbaits

13 Fishing Whipper Snapper Jerkbait
$5.59 Karl’s Club Member Price
$6.99 Non-Member Price

The 13 Fishing Whipper Snapper is the ultimate baitfish imitator for the middle part of the water column. Its elongated bill helps get this bait down to moderate depths with just a few cranks, allowing for a slow, subtle, twitching presentation in the strike zone. That’s a look that triggers attacks from hungry fish. When predators move in for the kill, the lure’s natural finish and baitfish details seal the deal. After the strike, three chemically sharpened VMC treble hooks take over. When you need an eye-catching bait to show roaming or schooling fish, the Whipper Snapper from 13 Fishing can’t be beat. Add this awesome jerkbait to your tackle box!

Rapala X-Rap
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$10.79 Non-Member Price

Aggressive bass want a fast-moving bait. It’s fun while it lasts but at some point, the action slows down, and your retrieve has to slow down too. If you’re throwing the Rapala X-Rap, there’s no need to change lures. The X-Rap is versatile—you can use an aggressive jerk-jerk-jerk retrieve when fish are chasing, then slow things down for that classic Rapala wounded-minnow action. And if you add a brief pause, the bait suspends; a proven technique for attracting moody fish! A textured, translucent body, internal holographic foil, and 3D holographic eyes give the X-Rap an unbelievably realistic appearance, while top-quality VMC black nickel hooks ensure solid hookups.

Strike King KVD Jerkbait
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$9.99 Non-Member Price

Kevin VanDam perfected this bait over the better part of 2 years, and it really shows every time you fish it! The darting action is wider, crazier, and more erratic than any other jerkbait. The 3D eyes follow you around like the Mona Lisa. The color patterns were all picked by Kevin VanDam himself and catch the eye of any fish in its vicinity. If erratic and darting action is what you’re looking for when you tie on a jerkbait – and it should be – look no further than tying on the tried and true classic Strike King KVD Jerkbait first!

Googan Squad Scout
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$9.99 Non-Member Price

The Googan Squad Scout is a hard-bodied, suspending jerkbait that looks and swims like a lively baitfish. This jerkbait is the deal whenever bass are feeding on minnows or shad. With each rip of the rod, the Scout will slash and dance across the middle of the water column, looking like a wounded or fleeing baitfish. Each Scout is built with a lifelike integrated lateral line that adds realism to this bait.

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