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Throw Suspending Jerkbaits to Catch Pre-Spawn Bass

The evolution of the jerkbait has made it the go-to lure for early season bass.

Throw Suspending Jerkbaits to Catch Pre-Spawn Bass

Modern jerkbait design has made this style of lure adept at targeting bass chasing schools of shad in 10 to 15 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Bill Lewis Lures)


There's an old adage that goes, "Fishing is a jerk on one end of the line, waiting on a jerk at the other end." The wisecrack doesn't consider the possibility of a third "jerk" in the equation that can be a critical tool for early-spring success: the suspending jerkbait.

As the water starts to warm ever so slightly during the pre-spawn, the jerkbait possesses the sudden and erratic movement that draws bass from considerable distances as they feed prior...

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