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!
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Yo-Zuri 3DR Minnow - Black
"Yo-Zuris 3DR Minnow features an incredibly realistic finish that mimics popular baitfish and an internal prism finish that reflects light in all directions, ensuring fish-attracting flash that wont dull with time. Diamond-shaped lip allows it to run true
Bass Pro Shops Tourney Special Minnow - Chartreuse
"The Bass Pro Shops Tourney Special Minnow combines extreme value with extreme fish-catching appeal! The Tourney Special Minnow is one you definitely need with its proven, strike-provoking action and slender profile that mimics a wide variety of baitfish.
Bay Rat Lures Hand-Painted Shallow-Running Walleye Crankbaits - Black
"Crafted with American pride, Bay Rat Lures Hand-Painted Shallow-Running Walleye Crankbaits are designed, tooled, molded, assembled and hand-painted right here in the USA. And when all that gets done, theyre tested and proven by trolling them on a downrig
BAYOU OUTDOORS INC VSmallie Tube - Watermelon Purple Copper
"Because it looks, smells, and tastes incredible, the VM Smallie Tube will quickly convert any smallmouth bass in the area. Its small profile and gently rippling tentacles offer a perfect imitation of a crawfish, goby, or juvenile perch on the move. Infus
Berkley Gulp! Sinking Minnow - Chartreuse
"Cast the new Gulp! Sinking Minnow into a bass hole, and you won't have to wait long for some serious fish-fighting fun. With the action and durability of a premium soft-plastic and the scent and appearance of live bait, Berkley's Gulp! Sinking Minnow is
Berkley Gulp! Minnow - Chartreuse
"The Gulp! Minnow is ideal for drifting or jigging. With over 20 years invested in its production, Berkley Gulp! has achieved the unthinkable it can actually outperform live bait. The water-based formula disperses over 400 times the amount of scent that s
Berkley Gulp! Saltwater Jerk Shad - Chartreuse
"A streamlined soft bait specifically designed to target fish suspending or holding in vertical cover. Its particularly effective for working weedlines, wood structure, dock edges and dams. And this eco-friendly lure is biodegradable. Per 5. Size: 5. Colo
Berkley Gulp! Alive! Minnows Pint - Black
"Berkley Gulp! Alive! is the next generation in Gulp! technology. Now your favorite baits come floating in the Magic Gravy, enabling you to recharge your baits by putting them back in the bucket. The new Gulp! Alive! baits absorb 20% more Gulp! scent and
Berkley Gulp! Alive! Assorted Minnow Baits - emerald
"Replace your live minnows with the next evolution in soft-bait technology. The authentic action, scent and taste of these long-lasting minnows will fool the most finicky fish. Berkley's next generation in Gulp! has 34 better swimming action than original
Berkley Gulp! Alive! Minnow Half-Pint - Black
"Berkley Gulp! Alive! is the next generation in Gulp! technology. Your favorite baits come floating in the Magic Gravy, enabling you to recharge your baits by putting them back in the bucket. Gulp! Alive! baits absorb 20% more Gulp! scent and attractant,