Also worth noting, Zaldain has noticed a trend develop in his color choices when he’s wanting his jerkbait to float versus suspend. With the suspending bait, he’ll go with a more natural, translucent color like Pro Blue or Tennessee Shad. But when he’s wanting his jerkbait to float, it’s a different story.
“I like foil finishes, something real flashy. Ozark Shad is my favorite which is just black back with chrome sides. Or gold. Just anything flashy. And that’s because anytime I’m fishing shallow like that I’m typically fishing in more stained water. Every time I jerk the bait I want it to be sending a big, giant ray of light through the water column.”
With all his jerkbaits, Zaldain goes with the same rod and reel combo. The rod is a 6-foot, 11-inch Megabass Destroyer Oneten Special. An obvious choice since it was literally made for the 110 jerkbait, but his reel selection is a little unique.
“I like a reel that I can palm for fishing jerkbaits. So I like for it to have a full side to it. I use an older Shimano Core in 6.3:1. It has kind of a higher profile. It just has a nice grip to it which helps with fatigue.”
So if you’re like me and you’ve ever found yourself standing in a tackle store staring blankly at a $10,000 wall of jerkbaits, now you’ll have a few bread crumbs to follow from one of the greatest breadwinners with a jerkbait to have ever slung it around. Nine times out of 10 or thereabouts, stick with a suspending jerkbait in a more natural color. When the cover and water clarity dictate it, go with a floating-style jerkbait in a flashy finish. Simple enough. Now time to go catch a bass.