How to Tie a Double Fluke (Soft Jerkbait) Rig

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Single Soft Jerkbait Rig

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.

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Double Soft Jerkbait Rig

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.

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What You Need for the Double Soft Jerkbait Rig

What you need for double 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.

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Put a Swivel on the Main Line

Attach a swivel to your fishing 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.

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Tie a Hook on the Main Line

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.

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Add a Dropper Line and Second Hook

Tie on the dropper
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.

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Thread Soft Jerkbaits on Both Hooks

Thread soft jerkbaits on the 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.