How to Rig a DOA CAL Jerk Bait for Fishing the Flats (PLUS Underwater Footage)
By: Luke Simonds on October 14, 2015
Have you had much luck with these DOA jerk baits on the flats?
You’re about to learn how I use the DOA CAL Jerk Bait (aka jerk lure) to destroy the snook, redfish, and speckled trout here on the Florida flats…
Flats fishing has been a passion of mine for 2 decades, and I now primarily focus on fishing with artificial lures.
Over the past few years, I’ve found that soft plastic jerk baits are an extremely effective lure for catching redfish, snook, and trout both on the flats and deep in backcountry mangrove creeks and bays.
However, these soft plastics are only effective when rigged properly.
Without proper rigging, they will helicopter in the water and will not look appealing to your target specials while also twisting up your line which decreases its strength and increases your chances of getting birds nests.
To significantly help decrease the risk of helicopter action when using this bait, I highly recommend using a swimbait hook with a weighted shank… click here to get my absolute favorites along with our top tips on how to most effectively rig them on various sized baits.
And be sure to watch DOA CAL jerk rigging video below… we made the video shown in this post so that you can see exactly how to rig this popular bait for effectively fishing shallow water (1 to 3 feet).
Most importantly, we included some underwater footage of how this particular DOA jerk bait should look when rigged and worked properly.
Here are some tips for how to work this bait:
- Cast with the wind whenever possible (allows for max distance and feel)… I find best results doing two quick, short twitches with my rod tip pointing up. The rod tip should only travel from about 10:00 to 11:00 in total… pause for a couple seconds while dropping your rod back to the starting point, and do it again.
- When I do have to cast into or across the wind, I’ll point my rod tip down and work it the exact same way so the wind doesn’t take control over the line.
- When working deeper water (3 ft or more), I’ll often always keep my rod tip down and will pause for a longer period of time to allow the bait to stay close to the bottom
How To Rig The DOA CAL Jerk Bait [VIDEO]
Click here to see a review on the weighted hooks that are shown in this video.
DOA CAL jerk baits are extremely effective lures to use for when fishing the flats.
However, make sure you’re rigging them properly so you catch your target without damaging your line.
Also, be sure to check that your lure still is rigged properly after catching a fish because they often cause the bait to move around the hook… just make sure the bait still looks perfectly straight and re-rig it if it’s curved in any way.
Most importantly, have fun out on the water and be sure to let us know if you have any questions.
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