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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Lunker City Slug-Go Lures - ALEWIFE
"The lure that started the soft stickbait revolution, Lunker Citys Slug-Go is precisely balanced to imitate an erratic injured baitfish action that draws instinctive strikes from a wide variety of predatory fish. Its this unbeatable action that makes the
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
Megabass Vision 110 Silent Jerkbait - pearl
"By consolidating the moving balancers of the original 110 into a single, fixed weight, the Megabass Vision 110 Silent Jerkbait is poised to strike from any position. By eliminating the dead space between tungsten spheres, the weight is more compact and m
Mizmo Big Boy Tube - Chartreuse
"With its versatile, soft plastic design, the Big Boy tube performs from the surface to the bottom, in deep and shallow waters, year-round. Open to an anglers individual fishing style and creativity, the elite plastic used for this bait contains a healthy
Mizmo Bass Teaser - Chartreuse
"When the bite requires a little bit of finesse because of inactive fish or less than ideal fishing conditions, the Bass Teaser knows how to play the game. An awesome multispecies lure, the Bass Teaser is great for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass,
Rapala Husky Jerk Lure - Blue
"When the fish are fussy, slip on a Husky Jerk Lure from Rapala. With its suspending action and loud rattle, no predator fish can resist it. With its neutral buoyancy, this lure suspends just like a baitfish during pauses in your retrieves. Brilliantly pa
Rapala Original Floating Minnow - Olive
"The Original Floating Rapala can be fished using a steady retrieve, stop-and-go retrieve or as a twitch bait. No matter how you fish this classic bait, its guaranteed to bring em running. This lure has proven itself in a variety of conditions over the ye
Rapala Jointed Minnow - Chartreuse
"The Rapala Jointed Minnowshard-to-ignore action can make the difference between a day of fishing and a day of catching. The extra action imparted by its jointed body makes it the perfect attention-getting bait for big bass and pike. This timeless lure is
Rapala Countdown Minnow - Blue
"This lure sinks at a rate of a foot per second. It holds at a predetermined depth when retrieved, making it desirable for fishing suspended bass, trout walleye and many other game fish. Per each.Sizes:CD1: 1, 1/16 oz. (Available in Silver, Brown Trout, F
Rapala Down Deep Husky Jerk - Blue
"The oversized lip of the Rapala Down Deep Husky Jerk allows it to dive to 10 or deeper while casting and retrieving and troll at depths of 20 or deeper. Its heavier weight and excellent balance make for longer casts, and the loud, rhythmic rattles attrac