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How to Target Shallow Water Bass and Walleye With Jerkbaits

Renowned Mille Lacs Lake guide Tony Roach takes us through his jerkbait crash course for multispecies success. The beauty of a jerkbait is its universal appeal to all predator fish – fish eat minnows and nothing represents this better than a dancing jerkbait with a realistic finish.

Tony delves into how he fishes jerkbaits and emphasizes the importance of letting the fish decide cadence, then repeating what works. Rod and reel style is an important factor to consider, with many anglers actually preferring spinning tackle over casting gear. Tony explains why and when he ops for spinning gear, and the type of line he prefers for long casts, bite detection and stealth in clear water.