Stick baits come in both hard and soft material, but in this quick blurb, we'll cover the hardbait. Stickbaits are fun because they provide lot's of action as long as they are in the water. The natural instincts are very strong with fish and manufacturers like Rapala, Berkley, Salmo and Yo-Zuri are awesome at replicating baits that will get the fish to attack no matter the depth, temperature of the water or time of day!
Stick baits are commonly referred to as "jerk baits" as well, because they are often fished across the surface of the water skipping and splashing to trigger the hunger and instincts of even the most illusive fish. Although these baits don't often go below 5 feet, the depth used to fish these baits is often tempting enough to get fish below that depth to strike.
Anglers who havn't used this type of lure before should try to move the bait in a rythmic rod tip bounce to get the action of the hardbait to work as designed. It's also important to take into consideration time of year. Remember that early in the season baitfish are still naturally small, so replicate this with the size you decide to put in the water by choosing a smaller stickbait and leave the real biggons' til later in the season.
For a rod and reel that will serve it's purpose well with this particular tackle, try using a spin cast or spinning combo and it's important to note that you may get a few tangles in your line if you're a first timer due to the weight of the lure. The light weight often leaves the line allot more loose than one with heavy tackle on the end of the line, creating tension that will help the line reel in tightly.
I like a shad bream and blue combo and occasionally silver to catch fish during the summer months, but when the water is colored I'll move to a brighter more visible color that is easier for the fish to detect. Tight lines!
BioSpawn ExoStick Pro - Black
"Stimulate bass to aggressively strike with Biospawns ExoStick Pro. Jointed exoskeleton and slightly tapered tail give this stick bait extra wobble when twitched. Heavy salt and soft plastic offer a fast sink rate. Ideal for Texas rig, Carolina rig, wacky
Cotton Cordell Red Fin - Black
"This classic, high-riding, extra-buoyant stick bait has been copied numerous times, but never duplicated. The hollow head lets you twitch it like no other lure. Plus, it runs truer, so it provokes more strikes. A proven performer for bass, redfish, speck
Fred's Wacky Saddle O-Rings - Black
"Wacky rigging a worm, stick bait or Senko has never been easier. Freds Wacky Saddle O-Rings features an innovative design with two O-rings attached by a saddle. Simply slide the O-rings on your bait and insert the hook into the saddle perpendicular to th
Grande Bass Rattlesnake'O - Black
"Strike back at lunker largemouth with this unique soft-plastic stick bait. Unique blend of a smooth head with ringed tail creates unbelievable, fish-catching action on the drop and retrieve. Loaded with proprietary Mega3 scent, plus it features microsalt
Halco Skim Stick Popper - Blue
"Halcos Skim Stick Popper is a cross between a stick bait and popper that mimics a baitfish fleeing on the surface, giving blue-water anglers something different to present surface-feeding predators. Ideal in casting or slow-trolling situations. Internal
Kalin's Wac-O-Worm - Black
"Draw the attention of finicky fish. Loaded with salt to both add weight and flavor, Kalins Wac-O-Worm is a versatile stick bait designed for a variety of finesse presentations. Great for Carolina, Texas or Wacky-style rigs. Per 10. Size: 5. Colors: (121)
Lunker City Rigged Slug-Go - Black
"The Slug-Go combines the best properties of a stick bait with the texture and flexibility of soft plastic. And on one of these lethal pre-rigged tandems, it doubles the incredible action and attraction needed for drawing hard-hitting strikes. The bait is
Mustad UltraPoint Weedless Wide Gap Hook - Black
"With its wide round bend and durable weedguard, the Mustad UltraPoint Weedless Wide Gap Hook is popular with anglers who fish plastic stick baits or live bait in weeds, timber, or brush. The stainless steel weed guard is both strong and flexible, prevent
Mustad UltraPoint Weedless Wide-Gap Hook - Black
"With its wide round bend and durable weedguard, the Mustad UltraPoint Weedless Wide-Gap Hook is popular with anglers who fish plastic stick baits or live bait in weeds, timber, or brush. The stainless steel weedguard is both strong and flexible, preventi
Norton Lures Sand Eel - Chartreuse
"Specially formulated plastic for salt water, Norton Lures Sand Eel are unrigged in a plethora of colors to fit virtually any fishing situation. The soft stick baits erratic action triggers strikes from sea trout, redfish, flounder, snook and many more. P
YUM Dinger - Watermelon/Red Flake
"Cast your YUM Dinger and enjoy the slow, subtle action of a soft-plastic stick bait with a wormlike texture bass will hang on to. Gets inactive fish to strike whether theyre feeding or not. Fish Texas, Carolina or wacky rigged; weighted or weightless. Si
ZOOM BAIT CO Zoom Fluke Stick and Fluke Stick Jr. - Green Pumpkin
"The Zoom Fluke Stick and Fluke Stick Jr. are stick baits with a fluke tail that can be fished effectively 3 ways: dropshotting, pitching, or dead sticking. Add these to your arsenal of Zoom baits, and see why pro angler Gerald Swindle and others prefer i