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Bass Fishing with Chad Pinkerton

Fire Tiger Jerkbait

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: “Every fisherman’s looking for a different lure that the bass have never seen before, with a color that’s never been introduced into the bass’s environment and that will make bass bite. I’ve figured out how to give bass those unique colors and lures,” Chad Pinkerton of St. Cloud, Florida, a tournament angler and a bass-fishing guide at Disney World, says. Pinkerton’s so addicted to fishing that he says, “I can’t go anywhere without a bag of Spike-It soft-plastic lures in my pocket. I’ve even sat in church, pulled out a plastic worm or a jerkbait, taken my knife and started carving designs in the lure while the preacher’s preaching. Sometimes I feel like the Lord’s speaking to me about how to make a unique bait, and I just have to try it.”Click to enlarge

Question: Chad, besides your mixed colors, I know that your favorite store-bought color is fire tiger. Why?
Pinkerton: Fire tiger is a goofy-looking color. It’s got green and bright orange in it. When you look at it, you’ll say there’s not a bass in his right mind that will hit that color, but most people don’t understand that this color really turns on the bass. Fire tiger’s really flashy in the water when the sun’s up. It’s highly-visible in the water because it’s bright. For a bass to be able to take a bait, it’s got to be able to see the bait. Fire tiger is good in murky water, stained water and even clear water. I fish it a lot in many of the rivers in Florida that are real clear.

Question: Because the bait’s so bright, most fishermen will think it’s only a stained-water bait, but you’re also fishing it in clear water. Why does fire tiger work in clear water?Click to enlarge
Pinkerton: I fish it primarily around rip-rap because rip-rap is a white rock that reflects plenty of light. When the light bounces off the rip-rap and hits that fire tiger color, the plastic tube, jig, worm or lizard begins to glow. When I’m fishing on Disney waters, I can see that glowing orange 30 feet from the boat, so I know the bass can see it at least that far, if not further away.

Question: Most people believe that in clear lakes, you should fish a clear-, a neutral- or a shad-colored bait. Why did you start fishing fire tiger in that clear Disney World water?
Pinkerton: During the hot summer months, I was trying to pull the bass up from the bottom to get them to hit on the surface. I first started using an albino-white Super Fluke, and the bass weren’t coming up for it like I thought they should. Next, I went to watermelon red, and the bass still weren’t reacting to it like I thought they should. When I went to the Spike-A-Delic fire tiger jerkbait, I pulled those fish from the bottom at 8 to 10 feet and get them to strike on the surface. I believe I’m getting a reaction strike, especially since I’ve seen the bass come up from the bottom to the surface to hit that lure.

Question: What type of action are you giving the jerkbait?Click to enlarge
Pinkerton: I’m moving it fast and causing it to hop in and out of the water. I use a Castaway 6-foot, 6-inch Jerk N Twitch Rod. It has a fast tip with a moderate hook set and a lot of backbone. With that fast action tip, I can work the jerkbait faster and actually make it jump in and out of the water. I use the Eagle Claw No. 4/0 offset hook, which makes the head of the bait come up when you jerk it. I’ll fish this tactic on any water anywhere in the country and catch bass. I’ve fished this tactic in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Florida and caught bass.

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Tomorrow: The Fire Tiger Tube

Check back each day this week for more about "Bass Fishing with Chad Pinkerton"

Day 1: Crazy Color Lures
Day 2: Fire Tiger Jerkbait
Day 3: The Fire Tiger Tube
Day 4: The Spike-O
Day 5: Ribbontail Worm


Entry 368, Day 2