One of the common mistakes anglers make when fishing jerkbaits is on the retrieve. Some anglers tend to pull the jerkbait on a tight line, which takes away from the darting, side-to-side action.
Starting and ending with slack line will create the correct action, making the bait glide side to side. The cadence of the retrieve is vitally important—the colder the water is, the longer the pauses between your jerking actions should be. As the water warms, a faster cadence will garner more strikes. Opt for 10- to 12-pound-test fluorocarbon line—the lighter line lets your bait get down deeper and deliver more action.
The Jackall Squad Minnow is a top choice among many jerkbait anglers and also led Cliff Pace to victory in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. This jerkbait suspends perfectly and has an irresistible side-to-side action that produces the right bites.