How To Make Soft Plastic Jerk Shads Last Longer (Simple Rigging Tip)


If I had to pick one single lure to go out and catch redfish, trout, and snook, it would be a jerk shad.

With a twitch-twitch-pause retrieve, they resemble fleeing shrimp or an injured baitfish and these predators can’t resist them.

However, one downside about soft plastic lures is that they don’t last as long as hard plastic lures.

If you’re in a feeding zone and fish are ripping and tugging at your lure, you might find that the hole the hook goes through is getting bigger and bigger, and now your lure won’t stay on the hook.

Normally, you might throw the lure away at this time, but in this video, I’m going to show you a trick that will give it new life and make it last longer.

Check it out below.

How To Make Jerk Shads Last Longer [VIDEO]

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When the hole that your hook is going through gets worn out and your lure won’t stay on the hook anymore, rig the lure upside down.

The hook will now go through a slightly different spot on the lure, giving it new life.

Also, when you rig jerk shads upside down, you can bury the hook in the slot, making it extra weedless.

Have any questions about rigging jerk shads?

Have any other tips for making them last longer?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Douglas Lund
1 year ago

Thanks for the info.-informative video.

Steven Free
1 year ago

Great tip Tony I have caught a number of fish on them never tried them upside down but can see it would defiantly work thanks for all you do????

Gary Rankel
1 year ago

Elastech jerk baits on chin lock hooks hold up much better than other soft plastics rigged on twist lock hooks.

Dave Otte
1 year ago

This is very helpful Tony. Here’s another tip – when you’ve developed some large ‘holes’ where the twist lock screws into the nose, and where the hook comes through the bait. Go to Harbor Freight and get a $5 soldering iron. Heat it up and stick the tip in the holes for just a couple seconds, then pinch the bait a little where the hole was. This will ‘reweld’ the holes back together! Don’t throw those old jerk shads away, give them some new life!


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