Soft Jerkbait Setup (Rod/Reel/Line) - Bob Downey

Wed, January 11, 2023

Today, we're on the water with Bassmaster Elite, Bob Downey, to get his preferred setup for fishing a weightless soft jerkbait with a casting rod. Using a 6'10" Medium power, Extra-Fast action St. Croix casting rod, Bob pairs it with an 8.1:1 or 7.1:1 gear ratio Daiwa Tatula SV casting Reel, and 14-17lb Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon. With a slightly shorter 6'10" rod, you won't have to worry about your rod tip hitting the water or the side of your boat and the Extra-Fast action allows the necessary quick twitches to get the best possible action out of the bait. Lastly, all you need is a 4/0 EWG hook and your favorite soft plastic jerkbait and you're ready to start fishing one of the most effective baitfish imitators on the water!

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