As the wishful thoughts of fall enter our mind, I can’t help but think of one thing: the fall jerkbait bite. There are still plenty of hot, steamy days in between now and the changing of the leaves but that time will be here sooner than we think. For me, I can count on one hand the things in life that beat a great jerkbait day. It is simply one of my favorite ways to bass fish.
The most important part of jerkbait fishing is the cadence of the angler’s retrieve. On a typical day, the key to fishing a stickbait is to match an erratic action with sporadic pauses. Most fish will eat the bait on the pause or on the first twitch after a pause. Until you have found the right cadence, continue to experiment with different retrieve styles. The perfect retrieve will vary from day to day and even from hour to hour at times so continue to tweak your approach whenever the bite slows down.
There are several jerkbaits that are very effective. The Spro McStick and any of the Lucky Craft Pointers are good options. However, there is one bait that stands above the rest. When the jerkbait bite is on, there is no better lure than the Megabass Vision 110. This bait possesses every quality an angler could ever want. It casts like a rocket, the colors are not only beautiful but effective, and the action is unmatched. Vision 110’s have an incredible erratic action, but it is more than that. The bait tends to have a subtle side-to-side roll when they are twitched. This adds flash and looks ultra realistic. It is something that no other jerkbait on the market can do. As you fish the 110, you will also notice that after a hard twitch, the bait will slowly back up on the pause. A following bass will slurp up the rear treble hook more often than not. Combine all of these features and you have a jerkbait that is in a class all its own. There are times when other jerkbaits will work better, but once you develop confidence in this bait, you will always have one tied on.