Activities The Great Outdoors How to Tie a Double Fluke (Soft Jerkbait) Rig Share PINTEREST Email Print The Great Outdoors Fishing Gear Freshwater Fishing Saltwater Fishing Fish Species Hiking Climbing Skiing Snowboarding Surfing Paddling Sailing Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Learn More By Ronnie Garrison Updated July 16, 2018 01 of 07 Single Soft Jerkbait Rig Shown is a single soft jerkbait rigged in the typical manner. Ronnie Garrison Soft jerkbaits come in many forms are often a good lure to use when other, more active and quicker-moving lures are not working. Shown is a rigged single soft jerkbait, as it is normally rigged and fished for bass and for stripers. This particular model has a short split tail and is often referred to as a fluke bait, although it has nothing to do with the species of fish known as fluke (actually a summer flounder). The hook point has been inserted through the top of the lure, pulled down, turned around, and then inserted up through the body so that the hook point is just over the top of the lure. The line is tied directly to the hook eye. 02 of 07 Double Soft Jerkbait Rig Shown is a double soft jerkbait rig with a sliding swivel on the main line. Ronnie Garrison Sometimes a double rig works even better than a single one. Shown is a double soft jerkbait rig tied with a sliding swivel on the main line. When you retrieve it, both of the jerkbaits will dart and jump around, sometimes following each other, sometimes going in opposite directions. The result may look like two baitfish swimming together, or like one fish chasing after or following another one. 03 of 07 What You Need for the Double Soft Jerkbait Rig You need a swivel, two hooks, and two soft jerk baits. Ronnie Garrison To make up a double soft jerkbait rig you need two hooks, a quality barrel swivel, line for the dropper, and two soft jerkbaits. 04 of 07 Put a Swivel on the Main Line Put your main line through one eye of the swivel. Ronnie Garrison To begin, first slip the end of your main line (the line from your fishing reel) through the eye on one end of the barrel swivel. Do not connect it to the swivel, just run it through the eye of the swivel. It's best to use a fairly strong or thick-diameter line on this rig, since the swivel will slide and rub on the main line, possibly causing abrasion. 05 of 07 Tie a Hook on the Main Line Tie the main to the hook eye. Ronnie Garrison Now take the end of the fishing line and tie it to your hook. A big, heavy offset widegap hook, perhaps 5/0, is a good choice. The extra weight of the big hook makes the jerkbait sink a little and produce more fish by doing so. 06 of 07 Add a Dropper Line and Second Hook Tie an 18-inch dropper line to the other eye of the swivel, and then tie the end of that dropper line to the second hook. Ronnie Garrison Tie an 18-inch dropper line to the other eye of the barrel swivel, then tie another hook to the other end of the dropper line. Use the same size hook on both, and use the same test line on the dropper as on the main line. 07 of 07 Thread Soft Jerkbaits on Both Hooks Thread soft jerkbaits on the hooks and you're ready to go. Ronnie Garrison Put soft jerkbaits on both hooks, making sure that the hooks are aligned straight with the bodies and that the lure bodies are not kinked or bunched up. I like to use white bodies on both, sometimes with one having a colored tail (which you can dye yourself), but choose your own favorite colors. Use the same color on both or mix them up. Then go fishing. Cast the rig out and twitch it back with a jerk-pause, walking-the-dog type of retrieve. You can keep them just in sight and watch how they work and also see the strike! This article was revised and edited by our Freshwater Fishing Expert, Ken Schultz.