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musky jerkbait lure diagram

Muskies are considered a top hunting fish. When anglers begin targeting muskie, a simple worm–on–a–hook won’t work, no matter the size of the worm. A lure that looks resembles and mimics the muskies natural prey is a better option and this is where jerkbait steals the show.

How the Muskie Jerkbait Fools the Fish

A Jerkbait is a type of lure that has a long and slender body, typically made of wood and is designed to sink below the surface of the water. The lure got its name from the jerking motion a muskie angler enacts with his rod in the process of retrieval to make the jerkbait move around in the water. The process mimics an injured baitfish and thereby makes it attractive to a muskie. Muskies, with their aggressive behavior, tend to take advantage of what they believe to be an injured fish.

Jerkbaits come in two flavors: the glider style and the up/down style. The glider is usually kept in a horizontal plane and is jerked from side to side with a sweeping motion. This variety is usually used in waters where the glider jerkbait will have enough room to maneuver. The up/down style of a jerkbait on the other hand, as the name suggests, has an up and down motion which is controlled by the angler with jerks and pulls on his rod.
Jerk baits are unable to reach the depths a crankbait can in terms of being submerged in the water and they are typically used in shallow waters where the lures can be submerged approximately 6 to 8 feet.

Best Used for Casting for muskie

Unlike other lures which can be effective in casting and trolling, jerkbaits should only be used in casting. A muskie angler needs to be totally involved in the fishing process, jerking and pulling on his rod every once in a while, making the lure sink and then jerking it upward with a quick pull on the rod. Also, jerkbaits are not recommended for novice muskie anglers due to the level of skill needed to perfect its effective use. Using jerkbait is a physical, tiring, and sometimes boring way to fish for muskies, however, if you're good at it - and the timing is right - it might be the perfect technique.

Jerkbaits are often used during the fall muskie season, however, muskie anglers are advised to wait for the post–turnover period in the fall when the temperature of the air is in the 40s and the fish tend to scatter more, thereby making more prey move around and in the process this attract more feeding muskie.