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Weighted jerkbait retrieves

Updated: February 7, 2006, 3:27 PM ET
By Bassmaster University Staff

More than most lures, weighted jerkbaits demand the right "cadence" (retrieve timing) to draw strikes. This is because they're being used to tempt sluggish bass in cold water. Here are some retrieves to try:

Sinking Retrieve (extremely cold water): Make a long cast to the target zone. As soon as the lure hits the water, jerk the rod tip sharply so the bait dives. Stop. Hold the rod parallel to the water and to the side. Twitch the rod tip, reel up slack, and twitch again, much as when ...

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