Vision 110Back in the early 1980′s, when I was first learning how to fish a jerkbait, the accepted theories around this technique were much different from today.

Fresh out of high-school, I was fortunate enough to have some jerkbait mentoring from several old, grizzled Ozark fishermen.

These were weathered-old guys who had spent their lives fishing Table Rock and Bull Shoals lakes….the two lakes where modern jerkbait fishing was born.

Back then, the deep-billed Spoonbill Rebel was the only jerkbait anyone threw. These old experts would rig the lure on a baitcaster with 12lb line, and show me how to wrap lead wire around the front hook so that it would suspend perfectly in the water column. Their color choices were simple: silver on sunny days, gold on cloudy days--probabaly because those were the only two colors offered back then in the Rebel.

The technique was simple, yet required a lot of patience:

First, they would find a big cedar tree standing in deep water and sit down in their big, fold-down front casting-chair, and cast the Rebel well past the tree.

The old guys would then reel the lure down next to the base of the cedar tree, stop it, and usually light a cigarette.

At that point they would wait. And wait. And wait. Sometimes, they wouldn't even move their rod-tip for a minute. Then they would just slightly twitch the rod--and wait again.

During the late 1970′s and early 1980′s, I saw this technique produce more 7-9 pound bass than any other method I have witnessed since then. However, being young (and a non-smoker), I was more impatient, and usually caught fewer and smaller fish than my old-dude friends.

This method had a short shelf-life. In the Ozarks, most anglers would fish like this when the water temperature was between 48-52 degrees--basically just the month of March--then the “jerkbait” season was officially declared over. At that point, the Rebels were usually put away, and not taken out again until the following March.

Much has changed since then. The advent of the Rogue minnow expanded the technique, and the introduction of the Megabass Vision 110 in the late 1990′s (and the many Japanese manufacturers who tried to copy the 110 afterward), took the technique to an entirely new level.

Today, thanks to the Megabass Vision 110, and other Megabass jerkbaits that include the Silent Riser, the X-80 TD, Vision 95, and the Live-X series, jerkbait season now lasts all year-long.

This is due to several factors, the primary being that back in the day, when the Spoonbill Rebel was king, the technique was only effective when  fish were sluggish and suspended in 6-10 feet of water.

Now, with the range, versatility and colors of the Megabass jerkbait system, we can attract strikes from fish that are aggressive or passive, shallow or deep, and under all-weather conditions.

Knowing the personalities and abilities of the Megabass jerkbaits is key to catching fish all year-long so that jerkbait season doesn't have to end in April!

Here at Megabass USA, we are more than happy to help anglers choose which Megabass lure to use under any give set of conditions. We can also provide tips and advice, to make your next trip more successful.

Simply drop us a line on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/megabassusa, or follow the link at the bottom of every page) with any questions, and a Megabass Pro-Staffer like myself will answer any questions you might have. 

Get ready, because jerkbait season is here to stay.

Good fishing,

Randy Blaukat