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Jerkbait Tactics for Summer Bass

Jerkbaits are a good lure choice anytime bass are keying in on baitfish – this pretty much means they’re an excellent year-round option. The critical aspect of jerkbait fishing is the need to vary your retrieve speed and cadence based on water temperature and activity level of the fish.


Wired2Fish’s Ryan DeChaine demonstrates the importance of ramping up your retrieve speed and cadence to trigger active summertime smallmouth bass. While slow and methodical retrieves dominate in the spring, fast and erratic retrieves are typically more effective at triggering summer bass at peak metabolism. DeChaine details places to focus on when targeting river bass and how he works the bait with gear well-suited for the task.