15 Top Jerkbait Lures

Nothing beats a twitch-and-pause retrieve for suckering fish, and for doing that, nothing beats these 15 lures.

When asked to name one or two of their top jerkbait hard-plastic lures (a.k.a. crankbaits), manufacturers proposed those you see in this gallery. They vary considerably in size, but all produce an effective darting action with a jerk-and-pause retrieve. Some are sold with thin freshwater hooks; the lures will produce well in salt water, but of course changing out hooks would be important. Prices listed were derived as noted (TD = tackledirect.com). The lures are listed alphabetically.

ALMOST ALIVE - Minnow Hard Bait

ALMOST ALIVE Minnow Hard Bait
Length: 3 3/4 inches • Weight: 0.3 ounce • Colors: Four • Buoyancy: Suspending • Swimming Depth: 4 inches • Cost: $4.99 (the manufacturer) • Almost Alive LuresJon Whittle

BOMBER - Heavy-Duty Long A

BOMBER Heavy-Duty Long A
Cost: $8.99 (TD)Jon Whittle

Length: 6 inches • Weight: 7/8 ounce • Colors: 26 • Buoyancy: Floating • Swimming depth: 2 to 3 feet • Bomber Lures

BOMBER - Badonk-A-Donk SS

BOMBER Badonk-A-Donk SS
Cost: $8.99 (manufacturer)Jon Whittle

Length: 3 1/2 inches • Weight: 1/2 ounce • Colors: 18 • Buoyancy: Slow-sinking • Swimming depth: Varies by retrieve • Bomber Lures

DAIWA - Salt Pro Minnow Bullet

DAIWA Salt Pro Minnow Bullet
Cost: $15.95 and $16.94 (TD)Jon Whittle

Length: 6 inches • Weight: 1 1/2 and 2 1/8 ounces • Buoyancy: Sinking and fast-sinking • Swimming depth: "From zero feet to the bottom" • Daiwa

HALCO - Hamma 85

HALCO Hamma 85
Cost: $9.99 (manufacturer)Jon Whittle

Length: 3.3 inches (85 millimeters) • Weight: 04 ounce (11 grams) • Colors: 10 • Buoyancy: Suspending • Swimming Depth: 3 and 9 feet, depending on interchangeable lip (bib) size • Halco Tackle

HALCO - Laser Pro 120

HALCO Laser Pro 120
Cost: $15.99 (Melton)Jon Whittle

Length: 4.6 inches (118 millimeters) • Weight: 0.7 ounce (20 grams) • Colors: 16 • Buoyancy: Floating • Swimming depth: 3 and 7 1/2 feet, depending on lip (bib) size • Halco Tackle

MIRROLURE - Catch 2000

MIRROLURE Catch 2000
Cost: $8.99 (TD)Jon Whittle

Length: 3 1/2 inches • Weight: 1/2 ounce • Colors: 23 • Buoyancy: Suspending • Swimming depth: To 2 feet • MirrOlure

MIRROLURE - BG Series

MIRROLURE BG Series
Cost: $8.99 (TD)Jon Whittle

Length: 2 5/8 inches • Weight: 3/8 ounce • Colors: 10 • Buoyancy: Suspending • Swimming depth: To 2 feet • MirrOlure

RAPALA - Shadow Rap

RAPALA Shadow Rap
Cost: $8.99 (TD)Jon Whittle

Length: 4 3/8 inches • Weight: 7/16 ounce • Colors: 14 • Buoyancy: Slow sinking • Swimming depth: 2 to 4 feet • Rapala

RAPALA - X-Rap Saltwater 12

RAPALA X-Rap Saltwater 12
Cost: $12.49 (TD)Jon Whittle

Length: 4 1/2 inches • Weight: 3/4 ounce • Colors: 8 • Buoyancy: Suspending • Swimming depth: 4 to 8 feet • Rapala

(Note: Pictured is the freshwater model)

SHIMANO - Orca Sinking Pencil

SHIMANO Orca Sinking Pencil
Cost: $25.99 (TD)Jon Whittle

Length: 5 1/2 inches (140 millimeters) • Weight: 2 ounces • Colors: 8 • Buoyancy: Sinking • Swimming depth: Not available • Shimano

STORM - Twitch Stick

STORM Twitch Stick
Cost: $6.99 (TD)Jon Whittle

Length: 4 inches • Weight: 5/9 ounce • Colors: 17 • Buoyancy: Suspending • Swimming depth: 3 to 5 feet • Storm Lures

YO-ZURI - 3DB Jerkbait

YO-ZURI 3DB Jerkbait
Cost: $9.99 (other)Jon Whittle

Length: 3 1/2 inches • Weight: 3/8 ounce • Colors: 18 • Buoyancy: Suspending • Swimming depth: To 3 feet • Yo-Zuri

YO-ZURI - Crystal 3D Minnow

YO-ZURI Crystal 3D Minnow
Cost: $14.99 (TD)Jon Whittle

Length: 4 3/8 inches • Weight: 9/16 ounce • Colors: 16 • Buoyancy: Sinking* • Swimming depth: To 6 feet • Yo-Zuri

Also available in suspending and floating models

SEBILE - Stick Shadd FW

SEBILE Stick Shadd FW
Sebile has discontinued this model. It's included here since the odd Stick Shadd might still be found for sale and because it was one of the more venerable twitchbaits for large fish of the past decade. Sebile plans to come out with a new line of saltwater lures by the summer of 2016.Jon Whittle

Length: 6 1/4 inches (155 millimeters) • Weight: 3 7/8 ounce (116 grams) • Colors: ** • Buoyancy: Sinking • Swimming depth: 3 to 20 feet • Cost: **