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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Cabela's Mean Eye Escape Minnow - Black
"Our Mean-Eye Escape Minnow enables extra-long casts and has an erratic action that drives fish crazy. This suspending jerkbait is also equipped with quality VMC hooks. Size: 3-3/4, 7/16 oz. Dive depth: 3-5. Colors: (002)Silver/Blue, (401)Flasher, (403)Ol
Cabela's 3-1/2'' Floating Minnow - Black
"Our 3-1/2 Floating Minnow might be the most versatile hard bait you can own. Run it over shallow riprap and gravel bars, troll it deep on a bottom-bouncer or bring it in with a jerk-and-pause retrieve. The classic injured-baitfish action is a proven prod
Cabin Creek Salty Critter Junior Tubes - Blue
"Draw the attention of pressured bass with the Cabin Creek Salty Critter Junior Tubes. Tentacles move in the slightest current for lifelike appearance, and the salted soft plastic body makes fish hold on longer. Hand-dipped tubes. Per 10. Sizes: 2-1/2. Co
Case Plastics Fishing Complete O-Rings - Black
"Pliable, durable rings are perfect for use with the Wacky Tool. Use to wacky rig soft-plastic stick baits and avoid losing the bait. Per 25. Sizes: 9 (1/4 dia.), 10 (3/8 dia.). Colors: Black, Red, Transluscent. Cancer and Reproductive Harm- www.P65Warn
Chompers Ultra Tubes - Black
"By loading a super-soft plastic with fish-attracting salt, Chompers created a 4 lure thatll impress the most particular tube-bait flipper. Per 10. Colors: (008)Watermelon/Red Flake, (014)Pearl Pepper, (111)Salt Pepper, (181)Watermelon Seed, (542)Green Pu
Doomsday Roku 5.4 - Green
"With a size that wiggles its way between a fat heavy salted worm and a thin finesse worm, the Doomsday Roku 5.4 has a six-sided profile that shimmies and shakes with flash to entice finicky fish. Rig it like the pros with a nail weight in the nose and a
Dynamic Lures J.Spec Crankbait - Chartreuse
"Put the suspending action of Dynamic Lures J-Spec Crankbait to the test and watch as the erratic action triggers aggressive bites from normally disinterested fish. Ideal as a search bait used to find schools of fish. Cast or troll for trout, bass or wall
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
Gary Yamamoto Swim Senko - Black
"An exciting soft plastic combining the fish-attracting attributes of swimbaits and the Original Senko. It features the head of a Senko, a flattened-out midsection and a miniature swimbait tail. Fish it weightless, with a screw-in sinker or as a flipping
Gary Yamamoto D-Shad - Black
"Streamlined body creates a side-to-side twitching action. Pause on the retrieve and the bait sinks level and the thick, heavy tail gives a little shimmy. Ideal when twitched weightless or on a Carolina rig. Per 7. Size: 5. Colors: (194)Watermelon with Bl