By BassFan Staff

It might be time to change up how you fish a jerkbait.

Rather than a repetitive cadence involving two twitches, then a pause followed by two more twitches and so on, maybe its time to mix it up.

Reigning Elite Series Rookie of the Year Dustin Connell is partial to a retrieve that follows a slash-slash-pause-slash-slash-slash cadence. Hell pause for a moment before starting the sequence over again.

During a recent trip to Table Rock Lake, Connell used a 6th Sense Provoke 106DD jerkbait to draw bass out of submerged timber that topped out less than a foot below the surface.

Upon casting the bait, Connell reeled it down a couple feet (the bait is designed to hang in the 4- to 7-foot section of the water column) before beginning his retrieve. As the bait nears the boat, he pops his rod upward twice, pulling the bait up toward the surface.

A lot of times, fish will follow the bait up so I use this to locate a lot of fish, he said. Im actually calling those fish up.

Here's Connell breaking down his jerkbait retrieve: