Nice Job!! Not sure how your fishing your Husky jerks early in the season but if your not trying giving it long pauses, give that a try. We have had great success at the strip mines with suspending husky jerks and other suspending cranks. The key is they must suspend or sink very slowly. Diving floating cranks don't work as well or at all. Make a long cast, crank it down and let it sit. Count to yourself so you can get a feel for how long and to make sure you are making long enough pauses. After a ten to 30 second pause, crank it a just a couple of times and let it sit. Don't jerk it but just turn the reel handle a couple of times to get the bait to move a few feet. Usually the longer you pause it the better it works, the more bites you get. It can be tough to do until you start catching fish. It's hard to imagine a bass coming up and smacking a hard lure when it is just sitting dead stick in the water versus hitting a moving bait with action, but I can assure you they will, sometimes with viscious strikes. Again, some of the key factors are the bait must suspend or slowly sink but not float up, try not to move the bait, let it sit perfectly still. Watch the line, most of the time you will feel the hit but sometimes you will just see the line jump or twitch - set the hook. Make sure your hooks are sharp! There are lots of videos of this cold water method on utube you might want to check them out and give it a try. We have really had some great days doing this during ice out and the cold water period especially when it seems like the fish haven't moved to the shore and biting on jigs. If your seeing fish follow that won't commit, this might be just the thing to get them to hit.
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