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Prespawn Bass Fishing with Jerkbaits | Timing, Locations and Best Baits

The prespawn calendar period presents the best opportunity to catch big bass, and jerkbaits are arguably the best lure category for triggering bites during this cold water timeframe (and in the winter!). Missouri native and jerkbait fishing expert Randy Blaukat ( teaches how to determine the prespawn based on water temperature, where to target bass on both highland reservoirs and southern lakes and the best baits for your region of the country.

Highland Reservoirs
• Megabass Vision Oneten Silent Jerkbait:
• Megabass Vision Oneten Jerkbait:
• Megabass Vision Oneten+2 Jerkbait:

Southern Fisheries (sand and grass)
• Megabass Ito Shiner:

• ROD – Megabass Orochi XX Casting Rod, 6′ 11″ Jerkbait Special:
• LINE – Seaguar InvizX Fluorocarbon Line, 8- to 12-pound:
• REEL – Lew’s BB1 Pro Speed Spool Casting Reel, 6.4:1:

Water temperature is the driver between the winter and prespawn and drives bass movement in response. Blaukat shares two key areas to find bass on highland reservoirs and ties two different baits to each based on their performance attributes (namely running depth). He then explains where he’s had the most success finding bass on southern impoundments and lakes dominated by grass and sand. Larger, more aggressive jerkbaits get his nod here.

And while he does jerkbait fish with spinning gear, Blaukat details his go-to casting rod setup and line preference based on the situation.




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  1. Awesome vid. But I'm still focused on mid-ice up here in MN chasing transitioning Crappies and Walleyes. Can't wait for open water either though. 😭😂😜

  2. I guess the only thing most people got from this is Randy has a jerk bait tied on a baitcaster… he's a great jerk bait fisherman and who cares if he's been spotted in public with a jerk bait tied to the end of the "banned" baitcaster 👍🎣

  3. When I go 🎣 and catch my fish, I always use a 1/16 oz. yo-zuri pins minnows and a gold flame color. Works all the time. I catch some nice big ones, medium sized ones and some small ones too. also I catch a lot of trout, crappies, perch, smallmouth and largemouth bass. Anyway I don't care what size I catch or how many I catch at all.
    As long as I'm out there enjoying myself and having fun that all that matters to me.
    Great video and great techniques plus I enjoy the video.

  4. great video as always.

    to all that love bass fishing please check out my bass fishing channel all the way in south african. subscribe and ill subscribe back.

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