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me and was using another brand of suspending baits and did not get a bite. It was a definite eye opener for me. I am not in anyway associated with Luckycraft so this is not a sales pitch. I know Rogues, Bombers, and the Wild shiners will all work but my number one bait is the Pointer. If I am fishing a natural lake and want my bait to run shallower then I will switch to a Luckycraft Flashminnow for those applications. I like American Shad on sunny days and gold on overcast days
In natural lakes as soon as the ice comes off I look for hard bottom areas. Old lily pad fields, gravel flats, anything that has a hard bottom. I will also fish the edges of flats, inside weed lines, and channel mouths. In reservoirs I look for main lake points, channel banks and transition areas of change in bottom content further back in the creeks in that order. I will then try to run a pattern with what I have found. Clear water and wind is crucial for your good bite on a jerkbait. I like water with at leas 3 foot of visibility. If itís murkier than that I will throw a crankbait instead. Wind can be the x-factor. I ALWAYS fish the windy side unless the wind is coming out of the north. Bright bluebirds post front conditions can be frustrating for any fisherman. Whenever I have been on a good bite and a front comes through, I always look at inside turns of weed lines on
The cadence of how you present the bait will vary and change from day to day but here is my general rule. If itís windy and overcast I do not pause the bait more than 2 or 3 seconds. On bright sunny days I may leave the bait sitting still sometimes up to 5-10 seconds. Let the fish tell you. It can be hard to work the bait that slow but it will pay dividends in the end.
I have a theory. There are two types of areas everybody fishes. Feeding fish areas and areas where fish live. This is a topic for a later article. However, the fish this time of year are in a feeding mode. The areas that you will find them will be where they are actively feeding on baitfish. Thatís why you have to keep moving this time of the year until you find the fish. Then stay with them because there may be a huge school right in that area. The jerkbait triggers bites from actively feeing fish. They will come a long way to attack the bait.
Stay confident when trying this technique and I am sure you will find the success I have had with these baits and presentations.
Eric Foister is sponsored by: Futurebass, Prowler Baits, and Shermís Marine .