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JERKBAITS SEE THE LIGHTJENS BURSELLBy using smaller,thinner, sharper trebleson wire extensions, it’spossible to use muchlighter jerkbait gear andhave more fun in the fightwithout going smaller inbaits and sacrificing onselectivity for big pikeARE YOU TIRACTION OFBAD CASE OF ‘JEACTION INTHERE DANISHTraditional jerkbaitfishing is great fun,but after fishing awhole day with theheavy gear most peopleuse, you get tired in yourshoulders and hands, andyou miss out on thepleasure of fishing withlight gear. Also becauseyou are tired and the rodis super heavy, you mayalso miss some of the moredelicate takes.6 Pike&PredatorsWWW.TOTALCOARSEFISHING.COM


etrieve, it hasn’t had anynegative effect on movementpatterns of all the different baitsI have tested and modified.These include Strike Pro, Fox,Savage Gear, ABU, Zalt, NilsMaster, Quantum and Westin.However, as the hooks golighter it will naturally affect thedensity of the bait, making it alittle lighter. This is no problem,as you can adjust the density byfine-tuning with copper or leadwire if you feel it’s necessary.Normally I don’t.All sorts of trebles can beused for modifying jerkbaits andother lures. As long as they aresharp, relatively thin, light andhave a wide gape, they will dothe job. I have primarily beenusing Owner STN, ST36 BC Xand ST21 BC. The first twomentioned are easily heavyenough to combat even thewildest big pike, but still muchwww.leslies-luton.co.ukMOUNTING TREBLE WITH KNOTLESS KNOT1 23 45 6Step 1 - Cut 20 centimetres of wire off a piece of 30lb b.s. coated wire.Tie a knot on the end. Put the end through the hook eye.Step 2 – Turn the free end of the wire back and around the junction of thelegs of the treble.Step 3 – Take the wire end forward.Step 4 – Turn the wire six to eight times round the shaft.Step 5 – Take the wire back through the eye.Step 6 – The finished knotless knotWWW.CARPTALK-SHOP.CO.UKPike&Predators 9


JERKBAITS SEE THE LIGHTJENS BURSELLsharper and lighter than mostother hooks used on bigjerkbaits. The latter hookmentioned is extremely lightand sharp, but is a bit light if youreally need to put pressure on abig fish. Nevertheless, on thelightest 15-30 gram rods itprovides excellent hooking.Shifting two size 1/0 or 2/0hooks to lighter size 4-1 hookswill typically mean that the baitbecomes three to five gramslighter.How small you can go withhooks depends on thebroadness of the bait. Thebroader bait, the broader ahook is needed to secure agood hooking and hookhold.This is also the case usingsmaller hooks on wireextensions,but on a smallerscale. For most slim jerkbaitslike Buster Jerk, Deviator, BellyBuster, Big Bandit and Zalt Z, Iuse a size 1 or 2 for the bellyhook and 2 or 4 for the tailhook. For very broad baits likethe Pig, Zalt Zam or similar, youmust use slightly bigger hookson the belly (1/0) to achieve agood hooking.FIRSTEXPERIMENTSThe perfect rod for lightermodified jerkbaits fished from aboat must have approximatelythe same action and length asnormal jerkbait rods: stiff andapproximately six feet long. Themajor difference is that theymust be much lighter and a bitmore sensitive. You will findprecisely these features onsome of the traditional rods forvertical jigging and bass fishing.My first experiments werecarried out with some of thebest vertical rods on themarket: Henk SimonszGodfather from SPRO andShimano’s Speedmaster Jigging/Jerk 180 mh at 14-28 gram and7-28 grams casting weightrespectively. These rods cancast a normal Buster Jerk orDeviator – or even heavierlures – without problems. Atthe same time, though, they arestill stiff enough to transfer thejerk movements to the lures, ifyou use the right technique. As10 Pike&PredatorsMOUNTING WIRE EXTENSIONSStep 1 – Demount the normal hooks.Step 2 – Thread a crimp onto the hook wire and stick through the eye ofthe jerkbait.Step 3 – Take the wire back through the crimp...Step 4 – ...and once more back through the crimp.Step 5 – Lock the crimp.Step 6 – Cut off the end of the wire.On small jerkbaits like this Fox Micro Gremlin, thereis no need for wire extensions and smaller hooks ifyou want to use the light rods1 23 45 6the rod is much lighter youmust make the downward jerksin a slightly faster, morepowerful and slashing mannerthan you would with 100-gramplusrods. Fished with a smalllow-profile baitcaster reel, thisequipment is 20-30% lighterand lies better in the hand thantraditional jerkbait rods andreels, so this fast whiplash withthe rod is very easy.Since then I have used manyrods that also did the same jobwell: Berkley Skeletor 6ft, 8-36-WWW.TOTALCOARSEFISHING.COM


gram, BFT Walker Medium 40gram and BFT Walker Light 30gram. All these rods performedwell, but I ended up with aslightly stiffer but still light rodthat was a bit better at handlingbigger fish in more difficultfishing situations. The lightvertical rods have no problemsfighting even big fish in openwater, but in weedy waterswith snags, it is my experiencethat a 40-gram vertical rod isideal. The best rods I have triedfor lighter jerkbaits have been a6ft, 20-40g Pikefighter fromSPRO. This rod is very sensitivebut still have the right stiffnessand backbone to handle big fish.As quite a lot of my jerkbaitfishing is carried out wading insmall lakes, I also use longerrods for jerkbaiting. In thissituation, it is impossible toachieve the downward jerkstrokesyou normally requirefrom a boat; most jerkmovements in this situation aredone with sidewards jerks ofthe rod. As slightly longer rodcasts much better than a stiffsix-footer, you can just as welluse longer rods for thispurpose. For this I have hadgreat success with SavageGear’s 6ft 9in. Butch Light witha casting weight of 15-50g.your line to break immediately.To avoid this I used the newShimano Calais 201 DC with itseminent digital brake systemthat makes it almost impossibleto create an overrun, no matterhow bad you are at casting witha multiplier.In the end I found no realadvantage in going so thin withthe main line, so I ended upwith a 0.20-0.22mm braid as agood compromise. It is thinenough to hold plenty of lineeven on a small low profile reel,but still heavy enough to avoidbreaking in midair if you have anoverrun. The slightly heavierline also gives an extra bufferagainst mechanical abrasion andrough boat fishing in general.My favourite is 0.21mm BerkleyAll you need for the lighter modifications of your jerkbaitWhiplash Clear.If you use line over 0.20mmdiameter and happen to begood at casting with multipliers,there is no need to buy reels asexpensive as the Calais 201 DC.In this case, you can just as welluse reels such as ABU RevoInshore, Daiwa Viento, orQuantum Energy PTi BaitcasterLH, all of which I have had goodresults with.As you can see, there are plenty of ways to get more fun out of youjerkbait and lure fishing, and to experience the pike fight in a much moreexciting way compared to traditional jerkbait tackle. There is no doubtthat after having fished jerkbaits on light equipment for a long time, Iwould find it very difficult to go back to the traditional heavy jerkbaitequipment, where you need a 30lb-plus pike just to get close to a decentbend in the rod.All you need for the lighter modifications of your jerkbaitwww.leslies-luton.co.ukLOW PROFILELow profile baitcasters are theperfect reel for ultra-lightjerkbait fishing. These reels lieperfectly in your hand, fit wellwith the lighter rods andprovide good overall balance.As you can almost have the reelinside your palm, it also gives amore direct feeling with themovement of the lure, and ofcourse, the ability to detect tinybites from wary fish.When I started fishing bigjerkbaits with vertical rods andlow-profile baitcasters, Iexperimented with lines thatwere very thin compared towhat most Scandinavians usefor jerkbait fishing with 12-18cm lures. The standard linehere is 0.33-0.35mm braid, butI used 0.15-0.17mm Fireline.When using big jerkbaits withline that thin, just a slightoverrun and tangle will causeLeft: Fine-tuning with copper or lead wire can balance the bait back to normaldensity Right: The bait can also be balanced back to original density by setting asplitshot under the hook – note the knot on the wire to ensure it does not slide offLeft: By mounting a back extension that protrudes horizontally behind the baits,you can sometimes improve the hook-up rate. Mount a piece of silicone tube onthe wire before it is crimped on to the back eye of the lure. In this eye, you canmount a small plastic coated steel thread (of the same type you use for closingplastic bags). Cut the plastic so it tapers to a point. Right: Insert the plastic coatedsteel thread into the tube to hold the hook in place during cast and retrieve – itfalls out when playing fishWWW.CARPTALK-SHOP.CO.UKPike&Predators 11

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