Rigging Soft Jerkbaits for Better Hookups
FLW Tour pro Terry Bolton turns to a Zoom Super Fluke for a range of seasonal needs from the post spawn, to the fall shad bite, to any clear-water scenario when smallmouth have a good line of sight. However, the angler from Paducah, Ky. sometimes struggles with missed bites from indecisive fish that swipe at a bait without committing. But he’s found a better way to rig soft jerkbaits for bass fishing to alleviate this problem.
It can be tough to snare these fish with single J-style hooks, but Bolton modifies his presentation for greater grabbing power. Forgoing the usual extra-wide-gap hook, Bolton fits his bait with a No. 4 VMC round-bend treble.
“I like a Fluke in open-water scenarios like massive flats,” he said. “A treble hook gives you …