With all the different fishing rods on the market it can be difficult choosing the right one. This is no different when shopping for the best jerkbait rod.
You may wonder: What is the best power rating for a jerkbait rod? What is the best action? Is there an advantage of having a very long fishing rod versus a shorter rod?
In this post we are going try to answer those questions and much more. We are also going to highlight a few of the best options on the market.
What is the best jerkbait rod for bass fishing?
Here is a preview of what’s to come:
- Lew’s Jerkbait Casting Rod
- Dobyns Glass Champion Series Crankbait Rod
- Wright and McGill Skeet Reese JerkBait Rod
- Dobyns Rods Fury Series FR 705CB
- Duckett Micro Magic Pro
As I have done in previous posts, before we talk about some of the options on the market let’s take a moment and talk about some of the specs that will help you choose the correct rod. I will begin by talking about what is the best power rating, what is the best action and what is the best length when choosing the right jerkbait rod.
Power. Generally when fishing with jerkbaits you will want to fish with a fishing rod that has a power rating of Medium to Medium heavy. This gives you the power to control the fish, but not overpower the fish and rip the hooks out of its mouth.
Action. This is probably the most important rating that you need to consider when fishing with jerkbaits. The reason is because it can affect how your lure acts when it is in the water. As we know the action of the lure is what triggers the strike, without it, you won’t be very successful on the water.
There are two different ways to fish a jerkbait. You can fish it slow and steady or you can quickly move it across the water.
If you plan on fishing slow and steady I would recommend the same action as a crankbait rod, Moderate to slow action. This works especially well when fishing in cold water as you won’t be needing a lot of action. An addition bonus to fishing with a slower action is you may finding yourself landing more fish as the moderate action will be more forgiving with the treble hooks.
The second approach to fishing with a jerkbait and probably the most common is relying on the action of the lure. This is done mainly with the fishing rod itself and quickly twitching it across the water.
When fishing it topwater it is important that you put a lot of action into the lure. For that reason, I would recommend a Moderate fast to fast action. This action will allow you to give the jerkbait that eradicates the movement bass crave.
Length. Another important aspect to consider is the length of the fishing rod. This doesn’t have too much to do with the movement of the lure as it with you as a fisherman. The reason I say that is because the movement of the lure depends on you twitching the rod. A very long fishing rod will cause you to do one of two things. First, it will cause you to hit the surface of the water on every twitch. In order to avoid hitting the water some fisherman start to twitch it from side to side. This method, while just as effective, will quickly wear you out.
The best way to avoid that is to choose a shorter fishing rod. Yes, you will be sacrificing longer cast, but let me reassure it is well worth it than being tired out after a few casts.
Shorter handle. There is more thing that I wanted to consider that I haven’t in previous fishing rod posts, that is the length of the handle. Once again, this doesn’t affect the lure, but it does affect your comfort.
A longer handle can become very cumbersome when twitching the lure all day long. For that reason, I recommend a shorter handle. While this isn’t necessary to fish, it will definitely make fishing more comfortable.
Learn more about rod selection in the following video:
Alright, now that we’ve talked about a few basics, let’s look at some fishing rods.
Lew’s Jerkbait Casting Rod
Action: Moderate Fast
Lure Size: 1/4 – 3/4 oz.
Line: 8-14lb test
As you know from reading this blog an important factor to consider when selecting any fishing gear, is to choose one that is comfortable. If you are not comfortable, you will not enjoy fishing. A comfortable fishing rod for jerkbait fishing is one that is powerful, but lightweight at the same time. Trust me having a lightweight rod makes a huge difference while on the water all day long.
For that reason, I have included the Lew’s Jerkbait Casting Rod on our list of the best fishing rod for jerkbaits. The Lew’s Jerkbait rod with made with a Hm60 graphite making it very light and yet powerful fishing rod. It has the recommended moderate fast action allowing you to give it the lure a nice pop. Lastly, it comes a good overall length, 6 feet and 7 inches. You should have no worries about slapping the water on the retrieval.
Dobyns Glass Champion Series
Lure Size: 1/4 – 3/4 oz.
Line: 8-17lb test
Another good fishing rod to add to our list is actually considered a crankbait rod, but I promise you that if you use it for jerkbait fishing you won’t be disappointed. It is the Dobyns Glass Champion Series Crankbait Rod.
The reason I chose this one is because it is a glass rod. Glass rods work great for hooking up fish and keeping them hooked. If you are found yourself losing fish with either a jerkbait or a crankbait I would recommend that you switch to a glass rod. They have just enough flex to keep the fish hooked and increase your chances of landing them.
Another great advantage of this rod is the size. It comes it at 7 feet. This makes it great for casting your jerkbait a mile.
Wright and McGill Skeet Reese
Lure Size: 1/8 – 1/2 oz.
Line: 8-17lb test
Another option at a very affordable price is the Wright and McGill Skeet Reese JerkBait Rod. This rod is made using the S-Curve Technology.
S-Curve Technology? What is that? What does that even mean? It is basically using a graphite blank as the backbone. Next, PBO fibers, carbon yarn and glass fibers are added and are interwoven together thus increasing the overall strength of the rod and producing a great fishing pole. Wright and McGill uses this technology in several technique specific ones.
The one listed here is the jerkbait rod technique specific. It is a great overall jerkbait fishing rod. Because of the power and the length of the rod it is perfect for working with very light jerkbaits and as well as your heavier 1.2 ouncer.
Give this rod and try! You won’t be disappointed!
Dobyns Rods Fury Series FR 705CB
Power: Medium Heavy
Action: Moderate Fast
Lure Size: 1/4 – 1 oz.
Line: 8-17lb test
Handle: 9 inches
New to the jerkbait rod scene is the Dobyns Rods Fury Series FR 705CB. There are a few reasons why I really like this rod for fishing with jerkbaits. The first feature is the price. The whole reason this rod was created was to try to create a good rod at a lower price point.
However, just because it is at a lower price point, doesn’t mean it isn’t a quality rod. It has many features that even rods at a higher price point have.
Speaking particularly about fishing with jerkbaits, it has that moderate fast action. It is has a medium heavy power rating and lastly, it comes in a good all around length of 7’0 inches.
If you are looking for a good jerkbait rod and would like to try a different, I think this may be just the rod for you!
So, what do you think? Does the Dobyns Rods Fury Series FR 705CB have what it takes to be considered the best jerkbait rod?
Learn more in the following video:
Duckett Micro Magic Pro
Are you a tall guy and tired of splashing the water the rod tip everytime you go fishing with these baits? If so, you need to check out the Duckett Micro Magic Pro.
This is a medium power, 6’6″. That is the perfect size for a tall guy. Did I mention it has that coveted soft tip. Yes, everything you could want in a rod for jerkbaits.
Another great feature about this particular rod are the micro guides. Not only do this help to increase your casting distance, but they also can help with sensitivity? How is that the case? Well think about it. The smaller the guides, the better contact your line is going to have with them. Thus giving you the best idea of what is going on with your bait.
What is the best jerkbait rod? Please share with us your thoughts in the comments section below.