2 Best Ways To Rig Jerk Shads For More Strikes
Jerk shads are fantastic lures, especially when targeting larger predator fish.
But one of the biggest mistakes people make with these lures is that they rig them the wrong way.
So in this video, you’ll learn the best ways to rig your soft plastic jerk shad lures for all conditions to catch more fish.
Check it out below!
How To Rig Jerk Shads For More Strikes [VIDEO]
Here is what I’m using in the video:
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Now how you rig these up will be based on how you want to present your bait and the depth of water that you are fishing.
My favorite way to rig a jerk shad is on a weedless hook.
This rigging method is ideally used when you are fishing in less than 3 to 4 feet of water and on calmer days.
If the fish are feeding more aggressively, use a heavier weighted hook that will fall faster and create more erratic movements for a reaction strike.
My go-to for this situation is a 3/0 size Owner Twistlock Hook in 1/8 oz weight.
But if I was going for a slower retrieve and a slower fall, then I’d recommend a 3/0 size Owner Twistlock Hook in 1/16 oz weight.
This allows the lure to have a slower jerking action through the water.
Here’s how to rig it:
- Insert the spring on the nose of the lure perfectly centered.
- Twist in completely.
- Insert the hook and make sure it is not buried completely in the plastic.
- Get the hook point to lay right on top of the body and then barely skin hook the point into the plastic.
Being sure that your hook is centered will prevent your lure from having poor action in the water and potentially coming off of the spring.
Keep your jerk shad straight and streamlined on the hook because this could definitely hurt your hook-up ratio.
And don’t forget to check your lure every time you reel in!
Rigging On A Jighead
The second best way to rig your soft plastic jerk shad lures is with a jighead.
Typically you would want to use this rigging when fishing in 4 feet or deeper water.
Jigheads allow the bait to dive straight down head first because of the position of the weight.
This also allows the lure to have even more of an erratic action.
Here’s how to rig a jerk shad with a jighead:
- Put the hook point through the head of the bait in the center.
- Push the hook through the middle of the top of the body.
- Ensure the lure is straight on the hook.
My favorite jigheads for jerk shads are the Saltwater Assassin Pro Elite Jigheads.
If you are wanting to catch more trout, flounder, redfish, snook, black drum, and even tarpon, I highly recommend trying out a jerk shad lure.
Once you understand how to retrieve these baits and rig them properly, you’ll be getting more strikes in no time!
Do you have any tips for rigging up jerk shads?
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