When it comes to mimicking a stressed, scared, wounded baitfish: there is nothing like a jerkbait to alert all the hungry fish to the dinner table. So with this in mind what makes a great jerkbait? Why is it so good at tricking fish? More importantly, what is the best one for the type of fish you are hoping to catch? I will answer these questions within this blog post, but you don’t have to wait for one answer. What is the hands-down best jerkbait you could possibly buy?
When it comes to catching fish with a jerkbait, RAPALA is synonymous with the name. Ask anybody about jerkbaits and that manufacturer will be on top of there mind. Just like Coca-cola, Pepsi, Nike, Apple, Microsoft, etc… are well know brands, Rapala is the end all be all when it comes to this fishing lure. With that in mind, which one should you get? Let’s get into the details!
Rapala Jerkbait - Overview
Rapala has one of the biggest lines of jerkbaits across the market. These lures aren’t just made for hauling in the preferred sportfish “Bass” but can catch almost anything. Saying this is one thing, but seeing it is another. If you simply ask the pros on tour you will get the same answer. They will talk about there sponsor first, but then they will say they won the day on a Rapala!
Everything started with the original floating Rapala minnow. With it’s most popular color being silver with a black back. It simply looks like any minnow you have seen roaming the shoreline because it is too scary to go where the monsters lurk.
I can attest to this single bait quite possibly being all you need to get started in the world of jerkbaits. It plain and simply works! The attention to detail in the graphics on the lure is super high quality. You almost want to put it on a shelf and just look at it. However, it is not just nice, but when the fish bang it up for years it still looks good as new!
Types of Jerkbait
You will find a wide variety of jerkbaits from Rapala that each serves a specific purpose. It is even better that they can be used for many different fish species and do very well at getting each one to bite! Hopefully, you have had the chance to try out one of these great lures, but they can be pretty pricy. I spent a lot of time thinking about upgrading from the no-name brands to what the pros used and I never looked back!
Below, I will list the different types that are available by Rapala. I know somewhere within these options you will find your personal best jerkbait that will bring in your personal best fish this year.
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Back when I was around 9 years old, I started fishing by myself at the local lake near my house. I only had a couple of cheap plastic worms, a snell hook and a package of bologna. You may have thought the meat was for an easy and cheap snack, but it wasn’t for me at all.
After learning about plastic worm fishing, I bought the cheapest package I could find with my hard-earned chore money. I would try to catch bass using the Texas rig, Carolina rig, weightless rig, and the wacky rig. Most of the time, I failed miserably.
When this happened I would cut my line with some nail clippers and tie on a snell hook, weight, and lap on a piece of bologna. Next thing I know I was catching bluegill within 0.5 seconds every cast. It was the easiest way to fix a bad fishing day.
After a while, I got bored of this and wanted to go more pro. When I saw the shine of a brand new Rapala original floating minnow I knew I had to buy it. It was very expensive and I was very scared to lose it somehow. After weeks of stopping myself, I decided that if I did lose it I would just get wet go retrieve it.
Since that day I have been catching not just bass, but everything else under the sun with that Rapala minnow. It was my best fishing investment I ever made. Every day was exciting when I went fishing and I couldn’t wait to go fishing again.