JERKBAITS IN PERSPECTIVE
DAVE LUMB of D.L. SPECIALIST TACKLE
Enquiries to Dave UK 01772 812036
This is the first of a number of items Dave has sent us on Pike Fishing.
Dave Lumb is a well known Pike Speciaslist who builds rods on Harrison Blanks. He regularly writes in UK magazines. He is pictured here with a lure caught 24lb fish.
It can hardly have
escaped anyones notice that pike lures have got bigger over the last four or five years.
Also, that a new lure type has come on the scene along with a new outlook on the tackle
scene. Jerkbait fishing has made a big impact on pike fishing, and has been somewhat
controversial too. Much of this controversy has been sparked by the seemingly OT'T tackle
that is used to fish jerkbaits. I also suspect that there has been an element of sour
grapes on the behalf of some of the critics of the method. Fishing jerkbaits all day long
is not everyone's idea of a fun day out, it can be hard work!
So why do you need a "rod like a snooker cue" and line like
"tow rope" to cast these "half-baseball bat" lures? The answer is
simple really. Many jerkbaits weigh over three ounces, and the repeated strain of casting
these bulky lures all day long soon wears out substandard tackle. There is no way you
could cast jerkbaits on a traditional spinning rod designed to fish 'lures in the half to
one-and-a-half ounce bracket. A stiffer and more powerful rod is obviously required. The
need for it to be fairly short, between five and six-and-a-half feet, is dictated by the
way jerkbaits are fished. Short downward strokes of the rod are preferred to get the best
actions out of jerkbaits, which after all have no diving lip to give them an action. It is
the angler who has to jerk the rod to impart action down the line and give life to the
That lines up to maybe one hundred pound breaking strain are used for this style of lure fishing does seem overkill at first, but before the advent of braided lines mono was used in the twenty to twenty-five pound range and worked well enough. This too may seem needlessly heavy, but I can assure you that anything less would last a short while before the knot attaching the trace gave out. It is not so much a strong- line that is required but one with good knot and shock strength. Given that twenty-five pound mono was up to the job why not use a braid of the same diameter? If this has a breaking strain five times higher so Much the better. In practice, it is the diameter of the braid that seems to determine its performance when fishing jerkbaits. A thick fifty pound braid will be better suited to the task than a thin one.
Dave has written a book called "Pike fishing with lures", and also has a free catalogue of rods and tackle. Contact the author for more information on the phone number at the top of the page.
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