What is a jerkbait (also known as a twitchbait)? That’s not a term you’ll find at dictionary.com. In fact, I’m not sure there is any standard definition. But here’s mine: Any lure that an angler retrieves with repeated jerks and pauses is a de facto jerkbait.
Some lures work better for this purpose than others. Which those might be, as well as the fine points of wickedly effective twitch-and-pause retrieves and what makes such retrieves so productive, is all part of the focus of this feature.
For the sake of full disclosure, I’ll say up front that I love this kind of fishing. It keeps me on edge: With every stop or start of a lure, I’m watching for that smashing strike, and I genuinely believe that not much gets a predator fired up like the sudden flash of a hard-twitched crankbait (and while soft jerkbaits abound, in this feature, we’re focusing on crankbaits — hard lures).
As you read through this gallery all about “the wicked twitch,” you’ll benefit from the insight of experts around the world, long practiced in the art of twitch-baiting. When you’ve finished, be sure to see our gallery of 15 Top Twitchbait Lures also.