Jerkbait season over?….No way!…Big smallmouth time on Megabass Jerkbaits!
the common rule of thought on summertime smallmouth fishing was using
deep finesse tactics. Grubs, jigs,
and small worms were considered the standby methods of catching big bronzebacks from June until October.
About 10 years ago, with the introduction of the Vision 110,
that began to change.
Anglers fishing in the northern tier of states were secretly catching big smallmouth,
way past the prime, pre-spawn period,
when most anglers considered jerkbaits to be the most effective.
Over the years, the word got out, and now,
it is common knowledge that jerkbaits are standby,
proven and popular method of catching both quantities
of, and quality smallmouth bass.
I’d like to share a few of my secrets with you regarding this technique…
For the most part, the Megabass
Vision 110 will begin producing big smallmouth,
as soon as the fish begin their post-spawn, fry-guarding mode.
In such popular smallmouth lakes such as Champlain, Winnepausaki, Dale Hollow,
Minnetonka, and all the Great Lakes,
this period is coming up in just a few weeks, and will remain effective until
The key here is shallow flats.
The same flats where the big smallmouth spawn.
Big rocks are a key, but any hard bottom will suffice. Wind is another factor.
Since you are dealing with water visibilites of 5-20 feet,
some type of breeze is critical to being successful.
On days where it is slick calm,
that is when you may want to try the bottom-bouncing finesse methods.
Like with all jerkbait fishing,
a big part of the puzzle is finding the exact retrieive the bass want.
Their personality changes daily, so you will have to experiment.
Some days they want the bait stopped still for several seconds,
and barely twitched. On other days, a hard, fast jerking motion is required.
Just experiment until you find the best one for that particluar day.
Jerkbait color is probabaly one of the most important parts of catching smallmouth or not in the summer.
It is far more critical that when fishing jerkbaits for largemouth or spotted
bass on more southern bodies of water.
Mat Tiger, and PM Ayu. On sunny or partly cloudy days, the more clear colors,
like Pro green, Tennesse Skeleton,
and Ito Wakasagi will produce more strikes.
There are three Megabass jerkbaits you will need for the smallmouth….the Vision 110,
the Silent Riser, and the Mag 110.
The Vision 110 works best of all when you have a fairly stiff breeze,
and water visibilities of under 10 feet.
This is due to the fact the balancers in the 110 put off more sound that the other versions,
and will call the bass in from a greater distance.
smallmouth fishing. Several years ago, I found that under a bright,
post frontal day,
the smallmouth were just following my Vision 110 back to the boat and not actually hitting it.
Last year, Megabass introduced the 110 Silent Riser,
which is an exact duplicate of the Vision 110….but Silent.
The results were no less than remarkable.
Under those, calm, sunny, tough fishing days,
the Silent Riser will generate more actual, hook-up strikes than the Vision 110.
It is now a staple in my Smallmouth aresenal.
And finally, the new Megabass Mag 110.
Everyone is excited about this long-awaited cousin of the Vision 110.
With a slightly larger profile, and also silent,
the Mag 110 will draw in the biggest,
meanest smallmouth in the area you are fishing.
I would suggest fishing the Mag 110 early in the morning, when the light is low,
and on cloudy, windy days.
On last tip on summertime jerkabait fishing….Don’t worry about using light line to get the bait deep.
You want to keep the bait high in the water-column. I like to use 15-20 lb.
Megabass Dragon call line for summertime smallmouth. Keeping the bait shallower,
gives the smallmouth less of a chance to study the bait…they simply charge up from the bottom,
and nail it hard.
So don’t miss out!…get a good selection of colors in the Vision 110,
the Silent Riser, and the Mag 110,
and be prepared for any situation you may encounter.
This is the best time of year to catch that smallmouth of a lifetime.