My first introduction to lipless crankbaits, was when I won twenty of them in a raffle on Lake Cayuga in upstate New York. The following week, I tried in vain to catch fish with this noisy, skinny looking object. What I did catch was wood, weeds and rocks. So the lures remained in the bottom of the tackle bag collecting dust like so many baits that I believed were for catching fishermen, not fish!
With so many lures available on the market today, it is often a daunting task to decide what is good for a particular situation, time of day, water clarity and temperature. The jerkbait is a lure that can produce quality fish for almost all situations, in both still and moving water. What is more, the adaptability of this bait makes it a “go to” when crankbaits or spinnerbaits are not producing.
The first winter storm of 2009-2010 is now beginning to abate. Water temps in the inland lakes have fallen sharply, and before week’s end, some of them will begin to form their first crust, eventually expanding to cover the entire body of water. Before you know it, the raspy-crunchy sound of augers will begin to be heard. I can hardly wait~
Somewhere right now, somebody is looking longingly at their ice fishing gear gathering dust in the garage or a spider-webbed basement, and that familiar itch is beginning. It’s the type of itch that calamine lotion and Benedryl won’t eradicate, quite the opposite in fact, only winter air with a sharp bite, accompanied by quickly reddening cheeks will satiate this winter malady.