Mark Hodge Jr. – July 30, 2017
Everyone knows the jerk bait is recognized as a wintertime go to, but how many people overlook them when the temperatures start to rise? Here in South Carolina the highs top out in the 90s and low 100s. As the summer heat continues to warm the water, lake temps will reach the 90s as well. When the heat skyrockets like this many anglers don’t consider the jerkbait.
If you don’t think that a jerkbait will produce in the heat, all I can say is you are missing out on a group of fish that may not take to any other lure. You have to consider a few things when choosing your summertime bait. To start, the new baitfish of the year are young and smaller than the ones bass are chasing during the winter. That means you should downsize as well, to match the hatch. Switching from your full size bait to something smaller, such as a Luckycraft 78 or 65 will put more bass in your livewell.
Bass are a lot more active during this time of year, so the pause can be a lot shorter or even nonexistent. This allows you to cover more water. Color also has a lot to do with your success as well. On those high sky days with clear water, I prefer to fish translucent colors. On the low-light, dirty water days hard shiny type colors are my go to.
My rod of choice for these smaller baits is a One3 Fate Chrome 6’7″ medium action, produced by 13 Fishing. My jerkbait reel is a 13 Fishing 8.1-1 Inception. On an ideal tide day on the Cooper River it’s not unheard of to go out with these little baits and catch 100+ bass. Sure, not every fish on these small baits is going to be a monster. However, you can bet that it will definitely catch you that kicker fish and may just cash you that check you have been chasing. So next time you’re out on the water this summer give it a try, you may just be surprised at your success.