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5 Jerkbait Fishing Tips for Year-Round Success

A jerkbait is an excellent year-round bass fishing lure thanks to its shad appearance and action, and it’s one to have tied on during the fall months as shad commonly shift to the bank in response to cooling water temperatures. Brandon Cobb stresses the need to make retrieve adjustments based on water temperature and the fish’s mood. While the general rule of thumb is fish slower in cold water and faster and more aggressively in summer, constantly experiment and let the bass decide – schooling fall bass are often a sucker for fast and erratic retrieves.

Lastly, Cobb discusses optimal jerkbait rod setups for maximum efficiency and hooking percentages and why he’ll sometimes upsize fluorocarbon fishing line well beyond the typical 10- and 12-pound tests.