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Posted: 03 November 2013 08:02 PM
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What action and length casting rod should I be using for suspending jerkbaits? Also, what set up should I be using for blaid baits. The water temps have dropped so quickly up here. I think I’ll finally need to try using them.

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Posted: 03 November 2013 09:18 PM   [ # 1 ]
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I like a 6’4 ML for smaller jerks, 6’6 M for bigger jerks. Both Fast action. If you jerk to the side you can go up to a 7’.

What do you mean by blade baits? Sonars? Spoons? Spinnerbaits? Chatterbaits?

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Posted: 03 November 2013 11:21 PM   [ # 2 ]
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An example of a blade bait to me is a Silverbuddy. It has a flat bait fish profile with lead on its belly

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Posted: 03 November 2013 11:54 PM   [ # 3 ]
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Yeah thats the sonar type. 6’8 ML F spinning rod for 1/4 blades. 7’ M F for 1/2. The key to those is a slow and steady rise, a baitcaster will overwork the bait and you will get nothing but reaction strikes. Took me a good month to learn them this spring, it is a lot harder than it seems. First 2 weeks all I did was snag fish all day long, once I got the hang of it I started catching them. You wouldn’t believe how hard fish hit those things when worked properly. The biggest mistake I made was the wrong rod/line choice. I started with a 7’M baitcaster and ended up with a 6’8 ML F spinning rod and 10# braid.

I’m going to purchase a rod specifically for blades here in a few weeks. 6’8 M F croix.

I was fishing them for walleye, largemouth, and white bass.

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Posted: 04 November 2013 10:41 AM   [ # 4 ]
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to me a blade bait is a silver buddy type bait and a chatterbait type bait. I’d check up on Mike MClellan’s videos, if he has them, which i am sure he does and read articles from him on suspending jerks. He is considered the best in the world fishing suspending jerks. never a bad thing to get info from the master of the technique.

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Posted: 04 November 2013 12:38 PM   [ # 5 ]
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I am a jerkbait fanatic! My setup that I use for jerks is a 6’7” MH XF (fishes more like a ML) Falcon Cara T7 weightless worm special. This is the rod that Mike McClelland uses for jerkbaits. I have it paired up with a Curado 50e with 10lb Yo-Zuri Hybrid. This is a phenominal setup

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Posted: 04 November 2013 04:56 PM   [ # 6 ]
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great advice Liljake McClelland, if that is what they use, then i would go with that. Good advice Jake!!!!! for a blade bait, they cast acrossed the lake, me personally, i would go with a mh 7’ fast spinning rod and your favorite reel on 12 lb Yozuri hybrid, pline cx premium or silver thread excalibur.

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Posted: 04 November 2013 06:39 PM   [ # 7 ]
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Thanks for the help men. Before I left for the lake today I took the mono off my top water rod & put 10# Fluorocarbon on it. When I pulled up on the second point I fished I caught two fish on a jerkbait. The bigger one was 3 1/2 lbs.

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Posted: 04 November 2013 10:21 PM   [ # 8 ]
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Congrats bassfish, always pays to take advice from the pro’s on here! My cute little guide is sick so while she is sleeping, i’m playing games and on here.

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