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Just reel an Arbogast® Jitterbug® in and let it wag back and forth with a deep, gurgling rhythm that bass can't ignore. The bigger lunkers often follow the Jitterbug for half a retrieve until they can't resist it anymore and attack.
The tried and true
What cant be said about the Jitter Bug. These have been around forever. Its rare to see a company produce something that catches fish and holds up to use, and not discontinue it.
These have the craziest action on the water. Probably the best thing about them is you don't have to be a pro to work them just right. Anyone with any rod and reel can work these like a pro. Fast or slow, they still have great action. Not to many baits can have that claim.
I have been using the 2" 1/4 oz baits for years. I prefer the Frog and Black white spotted colors. Both have produced fish of all types. Nothing beats bass hitting a top water bait.
I recommend when using the smaller bugs, to use a spinning rod. The smaller ones will cause some over runs. You will end up setting your breaks so high you will end up robbing yourself of distance. I have not gotten a chance to use the jointed models yet but if the quality is anything close to the original model, You can't go wrong. I tie these on my sons ultra light. There really is no wrong way to fish these. This is also my go to bait for fishing at night. Easy to see.
September 8, 2012
Really good topwater
This is my #2 top-water lure right behind the Zara Spook. That is reversed when night fishing, with this being my #1 and the Spook being #2. Either way its a great lure and a Bass classic. No tackle box is complete without a Jitterbug. My favorite color is Black. YES I said Black, period, day or night.
September 6, 2012
I have used these since I was a kid. I change the back hook with a red dressed hook with white feathers or hair..
August 6, 2012
Awesome Jitterbug-Monster Largemouth
I took the advice of a fellow fisherperson up in Wisconsin, went to a " Bass Pro Shop" and purchased a few of these "Arbogast Jitterbugs"!
Thank you fellow fisherperson, I caught more largemouth using the little black one with the yellow eye than I've EVER caught on one vacation! And BIG!
Cool thing, since lake was low, a lot of weeds... but this thing jitters along the top, and I could actually see the bass attack the lure... SO COOL!
July 31, 2012
I personally like the frog color, but i fish areas that have plentiful amounts of natural frogs. Im pretty sure that the crowd favorite is the black to fish at night but i fish the frog in the day so thats the route i take with it and i have had a lot of success.
The Black color is the most versatile for low light conditions (early AM, late PM, night fishing). The green/white belly frog is an excellent option if you notice frogs in your lake. I would say if you could only buy one, get the black, but if fishing with light out get the green/white.
I FIND THE 5/8 OZ. SOLID BODY PERCH COLOR TO BE MY MOST PRODUCTIVE...ALTHOUGH I OWN ALL 5/8 COLORS SOLID BODY AND JOINTED VERSIONS AND MOST HAVEN'T EVEN SEEN THE WATER...WHY SWITCH WHEN YOU FIND A BIG PRODUCER?
Have you tried the 2inch? Ive always had pretty good luck with the original size which I think is 3inch. But this season and for the first time ive been using the 2 and it has worked great! Either way happy fishing and hope this helps
Try different attack angles, hit points and over submereged cover and different retrieve styles, stop 'n' go, slow 'n' fast, and a burn retrieve (fast). Also, try at night or early moring. The 5/8 is the normal size I use, and black and jointed happens to be my favortie model. i have success with this lure retrieving it slowly near lily pads.
You got the size that will catch bigger than average bass. The best time to use your jointed jitterbug is at night and low-light like an hour before dark and before sunrise. If you fish it at night, you should catch bass - especially if you are fishing spots where bass like to hit top-water lures. I catch more bass when I fish it 4 ft and shallower. Try going different speeds with your jointed jitterbug too. Bass sometimes like one speed and then change to hit a faster or slower speed. I like to go pretty slow and make a small area of ripples around the jitterbug. I fished the 5/8 oz jointed jitterbug all over Michigan, and usually catch 14" to 19" bass on it. My biggest bass on the 5/8 jointed jitterbug in 2009 was 19 1/4" & 4 1/2 pounds. You need to try it in shallow spots at night that you know are good for bass and experiment with your retrieve speed.
experience tells me there is no wrong size unless there are no fish big enough or aggressive enough to take it. If you or others have used this lure alot and released all the caught fish they may be onto you and your lure. i landed a 4lb bass with the large non-jointed j-bug just a couple days ago.
ponds are your best bet for this lure due to its high action and topwater nature. pitch it up under a tree where insects are likey to fall into the water. big bass like to hang out and wait for smaller fish to come munch the bugs. or if you score a pond with an island like i got send it up and down all accessable sides of the island. dont give up on the lure to quick its action seems to get the fish cranky after a while this works well for me
i use a jitterbug everywhere i am fishing. if there are bass around it will get their attention. i use the weedless jitterbug cause i can throw into areas that a normal jitterbug may get snagged, and i can use it on open water. it is a great all around lure.
Use it in shallows near cover at sunup/sundown. And all you need to do is reel it in slowly - just fast enough to get that side-to-side head wag with the plop-plop-plop sound - listen for that and try to make the sound nice. If you want to get fancy, pause in your retrieve for 3-10 seconds maybe every 6-10 feet. Be ready for explosive hits!
I use it during the day in spring and late fall but almost always after dark in the summer. It's best cast parallel to the shoreline or other structures in shallower water less than eight or ten feet long. I have had great success in larger reservoirs and small farm ponds as well. I prefer black for nigh fishing and almost always use the larger lures for castability and larger fish. If I was to use it just for smaller fish like Rock bass I would downsize my lure.
You cast it out and slowly reel in when it's cloudy or windy and around an hour before dark. The brighter or calmer it is, I go to a moderate but not fast retrieve. Where to use it is a shallow area and shorelines are good out to 3 or 4 feet deep. Warm water is best for Jitterbugs since they stay on the surface. Also, use mono or braided line to fish surface lures because fluorocarbon sinks and can hurt the action. Cast it out and reel it in, but change speeds to see what fish want.
use the larger sized ones for easy casting, Just throw it out and wait for the ripples to dissapear before retrieving. Many times bass will eat it while it sits. If that doesn't happen then start a nice methodical retrieve that makes the lure go plop plop plop. When a fish strikes it wait util you feel the weight of the fish before you rear back then set the hook hard cuz it might be the biggest bass of your life. If it's a small one he will get a exciting flight. LO
I bought two of these, but while I was tying my rapala knot (what i usually use for my poppers), it slipped out very easily through the open part of the eye loop. This worries me because I'm afraid that when I cast out, it'll fly off.
Can anyone help? I even tried closing the little open part of the eyelet with plyers, but no luck.
You are on the right track pinching the eyelet closed with pliers. Use either an improve double clinchknot or the palomar knot. The action on this lure doesn't need the loose loop like many lures do because you reel this lure in at a steady pace, or a stop and go. It uses the action from the lip wobbling to entice the fish, not any twitching or loose loop non-restricting knot action.
Always use Palomar knots. They are the strongest knot that will hold at the same strength as your fishing line. There is another knot, "the fishin' fool" knot that is equally strong, but more complicated to tie.
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