Shad-imitation baits are undeniably effective throughout the fall months, but the transition stage between summer and fall can actually make for some tough fishing conditions. Here in Georgia, we still have water temperatures in the 80-degree range, so although the calendar says it’s October, Mother Nature and the bass haven’t exactly caught on yet.
Despite the confused bass, I’ve been enjoying a lot of success with the Big Bite Baits Swimming Jerk Minnow. When hard baits fail, this bait puts a lot of nice bass in the boat.
I love fishing with soft jerkbaits and small swimbaits, and the Swimming Jerk Minnow is an outstanding hybrid of the two styles. Its tail kicks very violently as the body rolls side-to-side, and it has outperformed similar baits for me recently.
The Swimming Jerk Minnow is a lot beefier than many small swimbaits. This has allowed me to have much better casting distance and also promotes the use of a larger hook.
Whether you’re fan-casting windblown flats or making long casts to shallow, clear water brush, you’ll really enjoy the castability of this bait. The meatier profile also makes it easy to fish the Swimming Jerk Minnow on casting gear, which allows for heavier line when fishing around the thick stuff.
This bait doesn’t tear easily, so I’ve been able to use a 4/0 and sometimes even a 5/0 hook. You’ll get a bit more action from a 4/0 hook, but don’t be afraid to use the 5/0 when the fish are short-striking the bait. I love fishing around heavy cover and the Swimming Jerk Minnow works very well with thicker, heavy-duty hooks. It won’t tear when rigging and it’s very resistant to large, wallowed-out holes after hours of use.
Catch more bass with one bait
Small swimbaits are notorious for being “one hit wonders”—if you get a single bite on them, you’ll often find your paddle tail missing. Fortunately, the Swimming Jerk Minnow is very durable and holds up well to multiple fish catches. They come in packs of 10 and I’ve been able to fish several long days on a single pack. There’s nothing worse than running out of a productive bait with hours left to fish and you won’t have to worry about that with the Swimming Jerk Minnow.
The Big Bite Baits Swimming Jerk Minnow is available at TackleWarehouse.com. They’re priced at $2.99 per 10-pack, so you won’t have to turn your wallet upside-down to get your hands on a quality bass fishing bait.