Fluke baits are long, narrow plastic bass lures with a soft, rubbery feel. They're designed to look like baitfish -- silvery-blue shad or bluegill minnows -- that are a favorite snack of big bass.
Flukes are known as jerkbait because of the way they're typically fished. A soft plastic fluke is Texas-rigged to a hook with no additional weights. With a Texas rig, the hook is first pierced through the nose of the lure and then the tip of the hook is buried in the lure's belly to decrease snags.
An angler casts the lure a short distance and lets it slowly sink for a few seconds. With a light jerk of the line, the fisherman yanks the fluke back up to the surface, where it swims with a realistic wiggle before slowly sinking again. Fluke baits are particularly effective in the post-spawn of late spring when bass are fattening up on shad minnows [source: Burkhead].
No tackle box would be complete without one of the most versatile bass lures out there. Read on to find out what it is.