Fishing Suspending Jerkbaits to Great Effect
Suspending jerkbaits for bass behave differently to normal jerkbait lures. Whereas the latter will generally float to the top, the diving lip on a suspended jerkbait will take it to a certain depth and then not allow it to sink any deeper. It will, effectively, hover at that depth without any motion until you snap the rod to bring it back to life. Read More
These lures are perfect for suspended bass that are otherwise very difficult to catch. They generally hover at a depth of between four and six feet, attracting bass at that depth or that are moving up from lower depths.
Choosing and Using Suspending Jerkbaits for Bass
The best suspending jerkbaits are those that are correctly weighted and balanced. Having the right balance is crucial because it means the lure will run true. And, when the weight and balance are correct to start with, you don’t have to mess around trying to alter them so they’re better.
Bass will generally suspend from early winter to the first part of spring and then again from later summer until early fall. Many people who fish for bass think that suspended bass are exceedingly difficult to catch. However, catching them is made a lot easier by using suspended jerkbait lures that attract the fish and tempt them into biting.
The best technique is to start with a long cast so you can fish over a large stretch of water. Once you’ve completed the cast, turn the reel handle quickly seven or eight times to extend the line so the lure drops to its maximum depth. Then point the rod towards the water and jerk it periodically with long pauses between jerks — anything up to thirty seconds — keeping the line fairly taut when pausing.
The trick is often to fish slowly, sweeping the rod to make the lure move a few inches and then jerking it so the lure wobbles and darts around. These movements attract the fish and cause them to bite. You will generally have longer pauses between jerks when the water is cold and the fish are less active but can shorten them as the water warms up.
First Class Suspended Jerkbait Lures from a Quality Supplier
There are a lot of types of fishing suspending jerkbaits available from various tackle shops and websites. The bad news is that they don’t all work as they should do because, rather than hovering at a certain depth, they might rise quicker than they should do and soon be back on the surface. You can possibly fix this by adding weights but that requires experimentation and some frustration, and it shouldn’t be necessary.
All our suspended lures at Nomad Tackle work exactly as stated so you know what you’re getting. And since these types of lure are more expensive than some, it’s what you should be able to expect from any reputable supplier. With our suspended lures, as with everything else we sell, you can be sure of dependability, functionality and a product that will be resilient and effective as well as being competitively priced.Read Less