The Jerk Bait
Craig Sandell © 2006
The jerk bait, as with the crank bait, is an all season weapon for the Musky angler.
You must make some tackle modifications, however, in order to effectively use the Jerk
bait. Your rod needs to have good backbone, your line should be 35 lb. test or better and
your reel should be sturdy and uncomplicated.
The Bobbie bait is a staple in Musky jerk bait lures. It has been around for
quite a few years and has many a Musky to its credit. It comes in a multitude of colors
and configurations, including weighted versions. You can get information on pricing from
the folks at Bobbie Bait by visiting their website.
The Bobbie Bait is a very functional jerk bait. It is easy to use and reacts well to
different lure presentation strategies. With some tuning of the metal fin in the rear, you
can get a variety of actions from the lure that will let you twitch it over the tops of
submerged weed or dive along a weed line or structural shelf.
Although the Bobbie Bait is well made, it does exhibit some problems with extended use.
The lure does not come with split rings to allow leverage free hooking power. Over time,
due to the action of the lure, the hooks will scrape off the paint from the lure...so if
you bought it for its color or pattern...that color or pattern will be gone with a season
of persistent use. When the finish is gone the wood is exposed...so you need to seal it
with some gun stock varnish in order to keep it from getting water logged.
The screw eye in the front of the lure that is used for connection to your leader is
recessed. This makes it difficult to attach your leader. Field reports have folks using
split rings to overcome this problem. Other folks are attaching 9 inch solid wire leaders
to the bait but this will require that you retie when you want to change lures.
Overall, this is an excellent lure for attracting and catching Musky. We would strongly
recommend that you ad one to your tackle box.
The Reef Hawg, by Fundally, is a hardwood jerk bait that provides 'Musky
attracting' action when properly used. You can get price and model info from
catalogs on the internet
The Reef Hawg is the type of jerk bait that Musky anglers swear by and
swear at in the same breath. It is well made and has great action in the water when
it is properly retrieved...therein lies the problem.
In order to get the darting side to side motion from the lure, you need to
persistently make sharp jerking motions with your rod. Unlike other jerk baits that glide
or dive, this one will not tolerate you taking a break in the middle of a retrieve cycle.
You will find that, after a few hours tossing a Reef Hawg, your arms will be begging for
Aside from that and the scraping of the finish from the lure by hook
action, this lure provides the Musky angler another jerk bait presentation for all kinds
or weather throughout the entire Musky season.