Flukes Are An Exciting Bait For Shallow Or Deep Water

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Nothing in my tacklebox imitates a baitfish better than soft jerkbaits, commonly called flukes. Their look and action are so realistic bass simply cannot pass them up. You can give them an active, darting feeding or fleeing action, or just pause them to look like an injured or dying baitfish. These baits are a must-have lure in every tacklebox!

There are several things that set the soft fluke jerkbaits apart from hard jerkbaits. First, they use a single offset worm hook instead of two or three treble hooks. The soft plastic they are made of is similar to the plastic used for worms. But the biggest thing that is different about flukes is their action. Hard jerkbaits have a more or less built in action which you can duplicate time after time. Soft jerkbaits were designed to be unstable, so their erratic motion is different every time you move the rod. Also soft jerkbaits have a very slow, enticing sink rate instead of the normal high floaters used in hard jerkbaits. The erratic action of the bait is not limited to the jerk, the bait will slow fall in a random direction on a slack line.

Rigging and Technique

The normal rigging for flukes is simply a single offset worm hook. They will sink slowly on a slack line. Work the baits as you would a hard jerk bait with a series of jerks and pauses. The difference is in the speed you work the bait. If the fish are aggressive, then work the bait faster.  Try to set up a rhythm; jerk, jerk, pause, jerk, pause pause, jerk, jerk. For finicky bass, slow it down a bit. Experiment a little until you see what the fish want. The fish seem to like the bait better on a slow drop in clear water where they can see it from a distance. In stained water, they tend to hit at the movement or twitches.The pauses just keep the bait in the same area until the fish get there.

Flukes Are An Exciting Bait For Shallow Or Deep Water

Where to Fish

Flukes are normally most effective when fished around or over cover or structure features since this is where the smaller elements of the food chain, baitfish, are usually found. Submerged cover or structure, such as grass beds or stump fields that do not reach the surface are great because most anglers only fish cover or structure that they can see. Always start with the rapid action presentation to see if active fish are there. If there is no response try slowing it down to tease them into biting.