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Jerkbaits

Skeet Reese has been on a streak that is absolutely incredible. If it wasn’t for KVD he would be the most dominate angle in the past decade. In this video he gives us some really good information about jerkbaits in general, and really focuses on the Lucky Craft Pointer. This information is not only good for bass, but other aggressive predator species as well.

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NORMAN RAZOR MINNOW

Tested Size(s): 3/8oz and 4 1/2″ length without the lures bill.

Tested Colors/Patterns: SX Shad and Ultra Slick

MSRP: $5.00

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First Impression: This jerkbait has more of a wide wobble action than any I have ever seen. The thin tall body creates the action and show a different profile than other baits.

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The body, paint, bill, and o-rings on the razor minnow are top notch. However, the hooks on this lure should be changed when you purchase the lure. They tend to bend very easily.
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We have found that walleye, largemouth bass and striped bass aggressively and consistently hit the razor minnow.
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The tall thin body that creates the wide wobble action of a crankbait has this jerkbait in a class of its own.
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The Norman Lures Razor Minnow is reasonably price and leaves you money to replace the hooks.
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Razor Mnnows can truly only be working in two ways. First, you can slowly retrieve the lure using a cast and reel or cast in pull method. Second, these lures are very effective when trolled.
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The Razor Minnow is one of the best trolling jerkbaits that I have seen. With the price of jerkbaits and lures on the rise the Razor Minnow is still a bargin as well.
Pros Cons
Unique Wobbling Action Will Not Slash Like Most Jerkbaits
Excellent For Trolling Hooks Straighten Easily
Good Profile Size Not Easy to Find Locally
Unique Color Patterns

RECOMMENDATIONS: Here are a few recommendations that you should consider before throwing these lures that will make you more successful. The first thing to do is change the hooks out. I am not sure what hooks came standard on these lures, but I would switch them to short shank VMC or Mustad hooks. Adding red hooks seemed to make a slight difference as well. This lure seemed to work best while you had a constant retrieve. Trolling seemed to be the most successful, but making long casts and retrieving with a sweeping motion and only using the reel to bring up the slack also worked. Another thing to consider is matching the forage of the lake which you are fishing. Color does matter! This bait has a perfect profile for most baitfish in our local lakes. You will not be disappointed.

You can find more information about getting the Norman Razor Minnow.

ABOUT THE CRITIC : You must know that I am very critical of my lures.  I only have about 3 lures that I use that would receive a perfect 50 and I personally modify those lures once I have them.  I consider any lure over 8 great and any lure over 6 good.  Anything less than 6 and you probably won’t see it in my tackle box.

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Presque Isle and Pymatuning Lake

Saturday my dad, Dave, and myself went up to Presque Isle Bay because we heard that the smallmouth bass had started to move into the bay. For anyone who hasn’t been to the bay in the spring you have to make the trip. We started by fishing for largemouth straight across from the launch. It didn’t take long and Dave caught one on a tube and I hooked up with a swimbait. I was determined to use the swimbait because I knew the chatterbait would catch a bunch of fish. I managed to catch 3 largemouth on the swimbait through the day. that isn’t impressive, but it is a little confidence builder to keep trying them. throughout the day we caught smallmouth on jerkbaits, tubes, and drop shot worms. We spent most of the day fishing for them. I believe we caught over 20 between the 3 of us and we caught over 25 largemouth. We caught largemouth on brush hogs, swimbaits, chatterbaits, tubes, beavers, and jerkbaits. The water temperature was 58 – 60 degrees. The fish were not spawning, and the males were not making beds yet. I believe in 2 weeks there will be an explosion of fish getting on the beds.

Sunday even though there were bad weather predictions I decided to head to Pymatuning Lake to fish a club tournament. The club I belong to (West Penn Bass Hunters) was launching from Jamestown Marina. With strong winds predicted to come out of the South we were protected from the wind to some degree. I pulled up to my first tree and caught a nice 2.5lb fish. I started throwing rattletraps to my next tree and caught a nice 15 inch largemouth out of a small weed bed. I started work the tree and nothing. I decided to just keeper moving down the shore throwing the rattletrap because I have had some success for smallmouth bass there. It didn’t take long and I had caught 5 more keepers, and lost 2 on the rattletrap. Even though they were keepers I released them all because I feel that stressing 12-14″ bass is unnecessary at that lake. You aren’t going to win with one of them in the well anyways. Jumping spot to spot landed me catching another nice 2.86lb largemouth on a chatterbait. My gut told me to run north, but with building wind and aready high waves I decided to stay in the south. I caught some fish flipping, but decided to try a variety of different tatics with no success. During the last hour I decided to run around the lake and flip every tree I could find. It turned out to be the right move. I culled five bass in the last hour. I won the tournament with 3 fish that weighed 7.45lbs. I also won lunker with the 2.86lb fish. Not a very impressive day, but it was fun none the less.

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Musky at Lake Arthur

My dad and I when to Lake Arthur this weekend looking to catch some Hybrid Strippers.  We started in the late afternoon up by the boat rentals.  We caught 10 or so largemouth but no strippers.  Next we went down the old 422 finger and started fishing the road bed.  After about hour we hooked up with good sized musky and we were able to get some of the fight on video.  I was amazed we were able to land it on 8lb test and a spinning tackle.

After that we fished for a while more and my dad did get a 22″ stripper just after dark on jerkbait.   There was a good amount of bait rolling around but the strippers were not really active.   It’s still a little early for them to be taking bait off the surface, water temp was only 62 degrees.

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Adding a Nail to a Weightless Rig

Here Leo gives you a tip on how to make your weightless rigs fall a little faster by inserting a nail into your bait.

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First Trip of 2010 – Lake Arthur

Side Imaging Scan of a tree (Click to enlarge)

The ice came off this weekend, so we got a chance to head out to Lake Arthur.  I was excited to get on the water to play with my new Humminbird Side Imaging fish finder.  This weekend was the first time I got to try it out, so I spent most of my time on the water trolling around playing with some of the features of the new unit.   It’s some pretty cool technology but it’s definitely is going to take some time to figure out how to use it to its fullest ability. It was nice to be able to see what was down there.  I went to a brush pile, or what I thought was a brush, only to figure out it was really a tree.  It took a few passes around it to get a good clean scan but I was able to get this scan of what appears to be a tree top.

We did do some fishing while we were out too.  The fishing was pretty slow. The surface temp was in the high 40’s in the coves and in the low 40’s in the main lake.   We were only able to manage two bites.  Both bites we got came on a Luck Craft pointer while it was sitting suspended.  The first bite we got was short lived and shook off after a few turns of the reel.  The second bite of the day turned out to be a nice 4 lb smallmouth. The fishing wasn’t great but it was nice to get back out of the water.  I  hope everyone gets to get out and do some fishing soon.

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Clear Water

Berkly hollow belly swimbaits are great options when fishing clear water.

If you are fishing clear water for any species of fish you must match the forage of the body of the water.  This is well painted jerkbaits and crankbaits can really do well.  Also, life like swimbaits are a good options.  If you are using spinnerbaits or chatterbaits you should use a more natural looking skirt with the proper blades to match.  The same is true with crawfish.  Depending on what part of the country and type of structure that  you are fishing crawfish take on different color patterns.  Knowing which pattern will lead to a higher success rate.

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Jerkbait Not Suspending?

In the spring and fall months a suspended jerkbait can be very effective.  It can also be very effective in the post spawn or any other time when fish are suspended.  Not all jerkbaits will suspend straight out of the box when you buy them.  Whether you are fishing for bass, walleye, striped bass, or any other species for that matter if a jerkbait doesn’t suspend perfectly level it doesn’t look natural.  If the nose or tail of the bait is up there is an easy fix.  1.)  Make sure your lure is completely dry. 

2.)  Attach a suspend dot or strip to the area of the bait that is higher than the other.  Always place the dot or strip to the belly of the lure.

3.  Give the dot or strip time to adhere. 

There is also a product out there call tungsten putty that will stay on better than the strips and dots, but the problem you have with it is that it will stick to other lures and hooks that are in your box.  Another thing you may want to try is change out the standard hooks with bigger ones if you lure is floating.

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Memorial Day Weekend

jess-with-a-3lb-smallieThis year memorial day weekend was a truly special weekend for me.  Not only because I spent an amazing weekend at Chautauqua Lake in New York, but because it was my 1 year aniversery with my wife Jessica.  About 2 months ago I had asked Jess what she wanted to do for our aniversery and she told me she wanted to go somewhere and camp that we had never been to.  Since I am fishing the bassmaster weekend series this year in New York we decided that we should go spend a weekend at one of those lakes.  What guy gets to spend his entire aniversery weekend on the water.  The kind that marries someone that loves the outdoors as much as him. 

It didn’t take us long to find some nice fish morning on saturday.  Since we had never been to the lake we decided to just use the trolling mototank-from-the-dockr in the morning and try to find some kind of pattern.  What we had discovered was there there really was no pattern.  We caught fish in the prespawn, spawn, and post spawn cycles.  If you were going to target the spawning fish the only time your were truly able to do so was before 11 am.  The boat traffic was at a minimum, and the sun was perfect for help you see the fish.  Typically in the middle of the day we were hanging out at the campsite, but we would head back out for the evening and fish for post spawn fish with jerkbaits, soft and hard, and chatterbaits.  Dock fishing did work, but after saturday it was harder to get fish off of the docks because of the boats coming in and out of them. 

Monday morning was the best day for me out there.  Obviously it should have been because I had never been to the lake before this weekend, but my expectation were low because of the fishing and boating pr4lb-smallie-2essure of a holiday weekend.    I decided to start fishing by running to a spot that I had located a couple of spawning smallmouth bass.  The night before I had seen about 3 or 4 nice smallmouth bass on a stretch of water and when I went back the next morning, there were about 30 nice smallies on beds.  You could say that I had hit the jackpot.  I spent all morning working these fish and managed 11 nice smallies and 3 of them broke the 4lb mark and most were over 3lbs.  I lost about 5 more of these monsters, but that is bed fishing for you. 

My recommendations for Chautauqua is that everyone should go there at some point in their life.  It is a beautiful lake and everyone up there is happy and very nice.  The fish are big and the water is awesome.  The boat traffic can be overwelming, but don’t let that discourage you.  I would try fishing green pumpkin lures and baitfish colored lures.  Hard and soft jerkbaits worked well matching the shad color.  Long casts are extremely important in the super clear water.

Overall it was a great weekend and I can’t wait to get back.

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Lake Arthur Trip Last Night

With the bass spawn going on and gorgeous weather my friend and I decided to head to Lake Arthur for a Bass/Striper combo evening.  We started by fishing for largemouth and man did we get them.  if just 3 hours we boated 20 bass and lost about 15 more because the fish were on beds and just not trying to eat the baits, but they wants them off the bed.  At around 8:00pm I decided to go try my favorite striper spot.  Each of us were able to hook up with 1 striper and they were both around the 20 inch mark.  We were also lucky enough to have a couple walleye strike our jerkbaits.  I can’t wait to fry those guys up!  Usually, I am a catch and release guy, but occassionally I like to keep walleye or crappie to have a little fish fry.

Nick & A Nice Walleye

Nick & A Nice Walleye

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