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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Berkley PowerBait Pro Twitchtail Minnow - ice
"Doused in Berkley PowerBaits signature scent and flavor formula, the Pro Twitchtail Minnow has an enticing action with taste and scent to boot for hooking wary fish. Minnow design is irresistible to predatory fish. Pro-designed colors add an attracting f
Berkley Flicker Minnow Crankbait - Chartreuse
"Berkley has expanded their incredibly popular Flicker series with the Flicker Minnow Crankbait. Designed by professional anglers, this devious diver boasts a profile that mimics young-of-the-year baitfish, a sure-fire temptation for predator fish. Indivi
Berkley Flicker Minnow Pro Series - Chartreuse
"Berkley has expanded their incredibly popular Flicker series with the Flicker Minnow Pro Slick Series Crankbait. Designed by professional anglers, this devious diver boasts a profile that mimics young-of-the-year baitfish. Slick finish has an oil-slick p
Berkley Cutter 90+/110+ - Chartreuse
"Cast Berkleys Cutter 90+ or 110+ long distances and pick your most enticing retrieve to hook predatory fish. Suspending design hangs in the strikezone like dying forage. Coffin-shaped bill gives an erratic action and causes the bait to dive with minimal
Berkley Skinny Cutter 110+ - Chartreuse
"Cast Berkleys Skinny Cutter 110+ long distances and pick your most enticing retrieve to hook predatory fish. Suspending design hangs in the strikezone like dying forage. Coffin-shaped bill gives an erratic action and causes the bait to dive with minimal
Berkley Powerbait MaxScent The General - Black
"Hook more fish by combining fish-attracting action and scent in a way that only Berkley can with the PowerBait Max Scent The General. New material releases an incredibly strong scent that draws fish from afar and even in murky water. Slow-falling wiggle
Berkley Juke - Black
"Berkleys Juke can be fished many ways, and all it ever does is catch fish. Lots of fish. Whether you crank it, twitch it or troll it, Juke delivers that irresistible wounded-baitfish action, while its lifelike profile is simply too much for hungry predat
BioSpawn PlasmaTail Worm - Black
"Wary bass cant resist the enticing action of a BioSpawn PlasmaTail Worm. Perfect for drop-shot fishing and other finesse techniques. A wide array of colors gives you the perfect options for clear and murky water. Per 10. Sizes: 4.5, 6.5. Colors: (001)Bam
Bomber Long A B15 Shallow Diver - Chartreuse
"The long, slender profile and super-tight wiggling action of the streamlined Bomber Long A B15 Shallow Diver create a lifelike swimming motion. The internal rattles sound out in a loud rhythm to draw the attention of open-water fish over long distances.
Cabela's Fisherman Series Flat-Side Minnow - Chartreuse
"Flat profile creates excellent flash and a superior minnow imitation. Also is a great jerkbait. Rigged with quality Matzuo hooks. Dives: 3-6 ft. Size: 4-1/4, 7/16 oz. Floating model. Colors: (002)Silver/Blue, (005)Ice Cream, (010)Purple Tiger,(011)Mirror