Top 3 Jerk Shad Lure Colors For Inshore Fishing
What are the best jerk shad lure colors for inshore saltwater fishing?
Does color truly have an impact on your overall presentation?
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Jerk Shad Lure Colors
When Is The Time To Break Out The Jerk Shad?
Paddletails are the lure of choice for most seasons and scenarios, however, sometimes the vibration of the tail can cost you fish rather than help you catch fish.
The vibration of the tail of the lure can spook off fish before they have a chance to strike it.
You may notice fish spooking off well before the paddletail reaches them.
This is the time to break out the jerk shad style lures.
Jerk shads are ideal for calm days to avoid scaring off fish with a vibrating paddletail lure.
If you know there are fish in an area but they are hesitant to strike your lures, that means it is jerk shad time.
1. Slam Shady Jerk Shad
The Slam Shady Jerk Shad can be applied to any fishing scenario on the water.
White is a color that can be used in both clear and dirty water because of the flash and pop it creates in each environment.
The white of the lure does well to take on outside light and adjust to the hue of the water around it.
If you are fishing in clear, calm water, the Slam Shady Jerk Shad will flash and jump out at fish.
On the other hand, the white color creates a solid profile outline in dirty water.
White color fishing lures will always reflect light and pop in every scenario.
Darker lures tend to absorb light more and hold that light in preventing it from bouncing off.
If you are unsure of what color the fish are keyed in on or you are not keen on the water clarity, turn to the Slam Shady or white color jerk shad lures in these scenarios.
The lighter color of white jerk shads creates versatility and applicability in almost any scenario.
2. F.R.E.D. The Jerk
In the case you are fishing in bright sunny conditions in water that is crystal clear, changing up your color choice to a pinkish-colored lure will give you the advantage.
Sometimes the reflection of light off the Slam Shady or white jerk shads is too much and actually hinders your presentation.
This is the time to break out the pink jerk shads.
F.R.E.D. The Jerk is one of our own jerk shad lures that is slightly duller than the Slam Shady color with the same reflective specks scattered throughout the body of the lure.
The dullness of F.R.E.D. The Jerk takes on less light than brighter colors but still mimics a clear water presentation.
The goal is to be as subtle as possible while also still creating attraction towards your presentation.
Generally speaking, baitfish will adjust to the water clarity and almost appear translucent.
The pink lure does a great job of imitating a translucent presentation while also remaining subtly and less flashy.
3. Alabama Leprechaun
Moving into the final scenario which is fishing in tannic or stained water.
If you are fishing in tannic water or water where there is a lot of mud and silt causing a slightly brownish hue in the water, turn to a darker colored jerk shad.
Jerk shads are not the best for fishing in areas with heavy mud or extremely dirty water where you can’t even see to the bottom.
A slight stain in the water with some murkiness is the ideal situation to break out some dark color jerk shads.
The best lure for fishing in this situation is the Alabama Leprechaun Jerk Shad.
The Alabama Leprechaun is known for creating a clear, distinct outline in dirty water.
This lure is best used in scenarios where the water is dirty and fish are looking for something that sticks out to them.
The gold and red flecks scattered throughout the lure will flash and attract fish even in the murkiest of conditions.
Moreover, the gold flashes are meant to mimic a gold spoon darting across the water.
With the Alabama Leprechaun, you get the same amount of flash as a gold spoon with the ability to create an erratic presentation.
Additionally, if you notice the fish are dialing in on erratic and unpredictable retrieves, throw on the Alabama Leprechaun.
Jerk Shad Lure Colors [VIDEO]
As mentioned in the video, think light lures for clear water conditions and darker lures for murky water conditions.
The key is to create a subtle presentation with a clear outline that piques a fish’s curiosity and tempts them into striking your lure.
It is almost spring and it is nearly time to break out all those jerk shad colors!!!
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P.S. – Want to know how to retrieve all the different types of inshore fishing lures in a variety of ways? Check out our Artificial Lure Retrieval Methods Mini-Course.
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