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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Rapala X-Rap - Blue
"This long-casting, suspending and rattling bait cuts hard and darts aggressively while maintaining Rapalas classic swimming action. Textured translucent body, prominent scales and lateral lines capture and reflect light. Internal weight-transfer system f
Rapala X-Rap Jointed Shad - Blue
"Sometimes all it takes to stir up sluggish fish is just a little bit of extra action. With its jointed body, this bait produces an exaggerated motion when cast or trolled that triggers finnicky fish to strike. The near-neutral buoyancy with a slight rise
Rapala X-Rap Deep Shad - Blue
"Not your average crankbait. This long-casting, suspending and rattling bait cuts hard and darts aggressively while maintaining Rapalas classic swimming action. This Deep Model will dive from 6 to 11 feet. Textured translucent body, prominent scales and l
Rapala X-Rap SubWalk - gold
"Darting and gliding just under the surface, the SubWalk goes where topwater lures and crankbaits can't go. By using a walk-the-dog action, it skitters less than two feet under the surface, where baitfish are often pursued. Lateral tail fin adds stability
Rapala X-Rap Deep - Blue
"A deep-diving version of the X-Rap. The lip design rockets it down to a depth of 6-15 feet. Its aggressive darting action and rattling is every bit as enticing as the original. Cast the X-Rap, and the new lip design rockets it toward the bottom, then rip
Rapala Jointed Deep Husky Jerk - Black
"With the classic Rapala wounded minnow wobble and exaggerated tail action, fish will have a hard time resisting this hand-tuned, tank-tested lure. Whether youre working a slow, back-trolling crawl or a high-speed pass, this lure runs straight and true. T
Rapala Ultra Light Minnow - Black
"Hand-tuned and tank tested for true running perfection and strike-provoking action, Rapalas Ultralight Minnow naturally wobbles and rolls with a unique lip design. Weighted body increases casting distance and slows sinking for more control. Top-grade VMC
Rapala Ultra Light Shad - Black
"Small in size. Big in fishability. Weighted for extra casting distance, Rapalas Ultra Light Shad runs true even at high retrieve speeds with a rolling swimming action and slow sinking on the pause. Details like the swimming lip design, external scales an
Rapala Balsa Xtreme Minnow - Black
"This innovative lure combines tried-and-true wood construction with state-of-the-art technologies to maximize effectiveness in the water. Its rugged copolymer shell stands up to the hardest bites, while the balsa inner body delivers a lifelike presentati
Rapala Balsa Xtreme Swimmer - Black
"Rapala is renowned for the fish-catching excellence of its lures and is now setting the bar higher with its slow-sinking BX Swimmer. It combines the lively action of a balsa-wood lure with the nearly indestructible properties of copolymer material. These