Jerk Shad Hook Hacks To Get The Most Out Of Your Tackle
Next time you’re out on the water, think of these jerk shad hook hacks!
On a recent trip, I left all the gear I meant to take out with me on the kitchen counter at home.
I had to make the most of what I had with me – which inspired me to come up with a few NEW hacks!
Learn more about these jerk shad hook hacks below!!
Jerk Shad Hook Hacks [VIDEO]
- Slam Shady Jerk Shad
- Z-Man Jerk Shad (Slam Shady)
- Mustad Weighted Grip Pin Hooks
- Z-Man ChinlockZ SWS Weighted Hooks
- Hoss Helix Hooks
Hoss Helix Hooks are my preferred choice when inshore fishing in shallow water.
But I didn’t have those on this trip.
So I was forced to use something a bit different.
All I had was a belly-weighted grip pin hook.
Typically, you lose chunks of plastic on these types of hooks and sometimes you lose bites too because of the weight on the hook shank.
But being that I was forced to use these hooks, I came up with a couple of different hacks to get the most out of this setup using jerk shads.
The rig I ended up relying on for this trip was a Slam Shady Jerk Shad rigged on a grip pin style hook.
Normally, these hooks aren’t the best pairing with plastisol-based baits.
I start by creating a small pilot hole with the hook point on the nose of the lure.
Then take the hook and push the the top of the hook in through the bottom of the lure and out through the pilot hole you just made.
This way, the hook never slides through the entire lure which frequently causes damage.
This technique much easier and will protect your baits so you can use them longer.
Also, this will work just the same with Z-Man plastics made from their ElaZtech material.
Now, this bait is rigged up and ready to go without any additional damage.
After you’ve caught a few fish, oftentimes the hook won’t fully skin-hook in the top of the lure.
That can be extremely frustrating.
Instead of remaining weedless, you end up picking up tons of grass.
When the jerk shad keeps slipping down the hook, I like to flip the lure.
Slide the hook just as I detailed above but on the opposite side.
You won’t be able to tell the difference from a normally rigged-up lure in terms of action.
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