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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Gary Yamamoto Pro Senko - Black
"Thicker head makes this the Senko to use on a shakey-head jig. Per 10. Size: 5. Color: (021)Black/Blue Flake, (157)Smoke/Black/Purple, (208)Watermelon/Black/Red, (213)Purple/Emeral, (221)Cinnamon/Black/Purple, (301)Green Pumpkin/Green/Purple, (305)Baby B
Gene Larew Ned Rig Inch Worm - Green
"Gene Larews Ned Rig Inch Worm pairs well with a light jighead to provide tantalizing action. 1 and 1/2 marks along the back allow you to easily pinch off sections for smaller presentations. Belly ribbing creates fish-attracting vibration, while the thump
Gitzit Fat Tube - Chartreuse
"The Gitzit Fat Tube is one of the most versatile baits in bass fishing. Tube baits have been a fixture for catching bass since they were first introduced and are especially deadly for smallmouth. Contrary to what the name suggests, the Fat Gitzit actuall
Gitzit Tournament Series Gitzit Tube - Brown
"With the Gitzit Tournament Series Gitzit Tube, be prepared to catch the same fish twice. The secret lies in this lures attractants, which have won countless tournaments and set numerous records. It also gets better with use. As the lure is used, salts he
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)
Kalin's 5'' Jerk Minnow - Chartreuse
"Kalins 5 Jerk Minnow delivers that irresistible baitfish profile that drives fish crazy. Split tail enhances the baits action, mimicking the swimming motion of common baitfish and attracting most species of fish. Per 10. Size: 5. Colors: (005)Pearl, (006
Kalin's Finesse Jerk Minnow - Chartreuse
"Kalins 4 Finesse Jerk Minnow delivers that irresistible baitfish profile that drives fish crazy. Split tail enhances the baits action, mimicking the swimming motion of common baitfish and attracting most fish species. Per 10. Size: 4. Colors: (005)Pearl,
Livingston Lures Tournament Series JerkMaster 121 - Blue
"Give finicky bass a look and sound they simply cant resist with Livingston Lures Tournament Series JerkMaster 121. The suspending body boasts internal weights that allow it to be cast far and wide to reach those distant fish that spook easily. Darting ac
Lucky Craft Pointer - Chartreuse
"Special brass weights create a low center of gravity that makes this lure wobble and vibrate whenever you stop retrieving, inviting fish to strike. It will suspend and emit a vibration thats inviting to bass. By giving a short twitch to your rod, you can
Lucky Craft Screw Pointer - Chartreuse
"Built with two whirling prop blades, the Lucky Craft Screw Pointer delivers a heavy churning action that alerts predator fish to its presence. An exciting mixture of flash, vibration and lifelike appearance will have fish lining up to strike. Internal we