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Best Jerkbait Rod 2019 – A Review & Verdict on 10 Popular Rods

Jerkbait fishing is one of the most efficient fishing methods out there mainly because it triggers your fish’s natural feeding response. But in order to ensure that you are utilizing this kind of bait to its fullest potential, it’s important to get yourself the best jerkbait rod available.

You want the rod to be comfortable enough so you can snap it down for long hours without getting fatigued. Also, you want it to be just short enough so it doesn’t hit the water as you pull it straight down at you.

Ready to discover some of the awesome rods available out there for the money? Here are 10 must-read in-depth reviews.

10 Leading Jerkbait Rods 2019 – A Comparison List

What’s the best rod for the money? Here’s a sneak peek at our in-depth comparisons of the top options we managed to identify for you.

Ranking

Product Name

Length

Weight

Price

1

Cadence Fishing CR5 Spinning Rods

6 Feet 6 Inches

3.8 pounds 

2

Ugly Stik GX2 Casting Rod

7 Feet 0 Inches

1.6 pounds

3

KastKing Speed Demon Pro Series Bass Fishing Rods

7 Feet 11 Inches

3.4 pounds

4

KastKing Speed Demon Bass Fishing Rod 

6 Feet 8 Inches

3.1 pounds

5

St Croix Triumph 7ft Mf 1pc Spinning Rod 

6 Feet 0 Inches 

 4 pounds

6

Lews Fishing TP168MLF Tournament Performance Casting Rod

6 Feet 8 Inches

0.16 pounds

7

Lews Fishing TP168MLF Tournament Performance Rod

6 Feet 6 Inches

0.15 pounds

8

Duckett Fishing Ghost Cast Medium/Heavy Rod 

6 Feet 8 Inches

0.3 pounds

9

Abu Garcia Ike Signature Casting Rod

7 Feet 3 Inches

4.2 pounds

10

Fenwick Elite Tech Bass Casting

7 Feet 3 Inches

3.2 pounds

The Best Jerkbait Rods In 2019

1. Cadence CR5 Spinning Rod with SiC Inserts

If you are on a budget and you are looking for a Spinning rod that will compete with the high-end models in terms of performance, the Cadence CR5 Spinning rod is what you are looking for. It is one of the best spinning rods in the market, and it is decently priced mainly because the manufacturer does not use intermediaries to reach its client base.

You should also be pleased to know that the manufacturer donates a part of their proceeds to giving kids free fishing gear to introduce them into the game.

Product Description

The Cadence CR5 rods are available in various lengths and are constructed out of 30-ton carbon fiber. They also feature graphite blanks that will make it sturdy, lightweight, and sensitive at the same time.

The rod has stainless steel guides with SiC inserts that will facilitate a smooth flow of the line for flawless operation. At the same time, the Fuji Reel seat serves to increase the longevity and boost its performance. It also features premium cork handles for a firm and secure grip during use.

Other Features and Benefits

The fact that this rod is available in different lengths and specifications shows that the manufacturer understands that anglers have diverse preferences, so you will get to choose what you are comfortable with.

Apart from enhancing a smooth flow of the line, the guides will also improve the sensitivity of the rod by transferring vibrations from the line, onto the rod and into your hands.

Lastly, the handles will give you the comfort and grip that you need in tackling the hard-fighting fish.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Pleasing appearance
  • Ergonomic handle

Cons

  • The handle has a too narrow diameter

2. Ugly Stik GX2 Casting Rod

Ugly Stik is one of the most popular fishing rods in the world. However, for some strange reason, they are not always highly rated, and most anglers classify them as beginner rods or just carry them as back up plans for other fancy models.

In this review, we are going to introduce you to the GX2 series of the Ugly Stik brand which should change your perception towards the entire line of rods. It is affordable and packed with features that you can find in the pricier brands. Have a look.

Product Description 

The GX2 fishing rods are constructed from a combination of high modulus graphite and fiberglass, and they feature the Ugly Tuff Stainless Steel Guides which will ensure that the line runs smoothly and maintains a great casting distance. It features the Ugly Stik Clear Tip technology for strength and sensitivity while the dual EVA grip handles are durable and lightweight at the same time.

Other Features and Benefits

This is a very versatile rod that you can use for freshwater fishing as well as for the rougher saltwater fishing. It can also accommodate a variety of lines including Fluorocarbon, Braided and Monofilament lines due to the one-piece Tuff Guides that eliminate insert pop-outs.

It is a medium-power rod that does not bend that much, and this makes it suitable for quick-water fishing. It is also a medium-fast rod that will recover faster into its original state than a slower rod would.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Very sensitive
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Could do better in casting

3. KastKing Speed Demon Pro Fishing Rod

There are many aspects that you look for to land your ultimate fishing rod. If the build quality is one of them, then the KastKing Speed Demon Pro should be on your list. Its construction utilizes Carbon Nanotube Resins technology, which is new in the field, and this will enhance the sensitivity of the rod while still maintaining its light weight. Before they are released into the market, the rods are tested by experts to ensure that you get a perfect fishing experience.

Product Description

The KastKing Speed Demon Pro is made in the USA, and it features Elite Carbon Blanks and Fuji Guides for proper line maintenance. The handles feature WINN grips which are firm and comfortable while the combination of S-glass and high modulus graphite will create balance, and deliver you a lightweight rod. It has a stunning appearance, and proper maintenance will ensure that it serves you for a long time to come.

Other Features and Benefits

This rod has high sensitivity, and you will easily detect any bite by a fish so that you can react faster and determine when you can set the hook.

It also has a greater casting distance, and this will increase your chances of a successful expedition. The WINN golf style grips are comfortable and will stay firmly in your hands even in wet conditions.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Pleasing to look at
  • Sensitive and durable

Cons

  • Only good for small crankbaits

4. KastKing Speed Demon Bass Fishing Rod

Bass Fishing is a very popular activity among anglers in the USA, and it requires the most appropriate equipment that will last through the ordeal. The Bass species of fish are some of the strongest, and therefore the rod used in catching them should assure you of consistent performance in terms of success.

It is at this point that we introduce you to the Speed Demon Series of fishing rods by KastKing which are affordable and will give you the confidence you need for tackling this fish species.

Product Description

The Speed Demon Fishing rod utilizes the Dimensional 16 Graphite Blank Technology to give you a sturdy, sensitive and lightweight bass fishing rod. It features Fuji Guides with “O” rings to ensure that the line stays in place while the Reel seats are for durability and top performance. The rod also has 3A cork handles with a firm and comfortable grip, and it comes with a lifetime warranty to give you peace of mind.

Other features and Benefits

Bass fishing requires a mighty rod, and the Speed Demon Rod is up to the task. It is a well-balanced rod that will recover its initial position much faster than a slower rod.

The handle is comfortable, and so even if you fish for long durations, you will not get fatigued or blisters.it will also remain firmly in your hands if the surrounding conditions are wet.

Pros

  • Sensitive
  • Comfortable handle
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Poor castability

5. St. Croix Triumph Spinning Rods

Getting the correct spinning rod can be a tricky thing, especially as you try to find a balance between what you have spent and the value that you will be getting for it. It is vital that you get the correct rod that will not only deliver you an excellent performance but one that will also give you a memorable experience that will keep you coming back for more.

The St. Croix Spinning Rod is a fast-action rod that will enable you to deal with the small as well as the heavier and stronger fish species in the water bodies.

Product Description

This Spinning rod by St. Croix is made out of Premium SCII graphite for sturdiness and sensitivity. It features Aluminum-oxide Guides with black frames and will ensure that the line stays in place for a smooth performance. The Premium grade cork handle will offer you a good grip and comfort as you use it and it is a medium power rod that can handle lines weighing 10 to 17lbs.

Other Features and Benefits

This rod is lightweight with a four-piece design that makes it easy to carry around. It is also versatile and will catch a variety of fish from the small and light to the heaviest fish species.

It is categorized as a medium-action rod that has its top-half bending when pressure is exerted on its tip, and this adds to its versatility, casting distance and the hook setting strength.

Lastly, it has enough sensitivity for you to detect the bite from a fish and react faster to make a kill.

Pros

  • Lightweight and versatile
  • Convenient for carrying around
  • Great casting distance

Cons

  • Poor packaging

6. Lew’s TP-1 Speed Stick Casting Rod

If you value comfort in a fishing rod, the TP-1 by Lew’s would be a reasonable place to start. It features a Winn Grip Dri-Tec handle that is highly textured and will offer one of the best grips by a fishing rod. The Dri-Tec material extends to the butt section to increase the durability and allow you to be in full control even if your hands are slimy or wet.

Product Description

The Lew’s TP-1 Speed Stick rod features premium IM8 graphite one-piece blanks and the Lew's skeletal graphite reel seats for durability and enhanced performance. It utilizes the American Tackle microwave guide system that serves to eliminate line tangling and lead to a better casting distance and accuracy. The hook keepers are of a professional style, and the rod comes with a manufacturer's limited one year warranty.

Other Features and Benefits

The Dri-Tec handle apart from offering you a good grip will also ensure that it does not stain your shirt as is common with many rod handles.

It has impressive sensitivity as well, and you will have an easy time detecting the slightest bite from a fish and allow you to determine whether or not you can set the hook.

The microwave guides are sturdy and durable and will withstand constant bumping without falling out. As a result, you will get proper line maintenance for a long time to come.

Pros

  • High-quality construction
  • Versatile
  • Greater casting distance and precision

Cons

  • You may find the tip to be too stiff

7. Dobyns Rods Fury Casting Rod

The Dobyns Rods have always been associated with the high-end market, and so when they announced in February 2015 that they would be introducing a rod in the series that lies in the $100 range, the fishing community waited with high expectations. The Dobyn Fury rod was introduced in May 2015, and there are several reasons why we believe it will be a pace-setter in the market.

Product Description

The Dobyn Fury rod is made in China, and it features high modulus graphite material that will give it strength and sensitivity. The high-performance guides will ensure that the lines do not get stuck, and this will lead to a smooth performance. Then, there is the AA premium cork handle that is comfortable and offers a firm grip. It also features Fuji reel seats for durability and top performance.

Other Features and Benefits 

The first thing that will capture your attention is the stunning appearance. The rod has a black matte finish that is completed with green logos and threading for an attractive look that will assure you of standing out from the crowd.

It is a medium heavy and fast action rod that will handle fish of a range of sizes from medium to the largest with minimum effort.

Lastly, the split grip handle with a hi-density Hypalon butt is highly durable and will keep your hands free from blisters and excessive fatigue.

Pros

  • Stunning appearance
  • Versatile
  •  Impressive sensitivity

Cons

  • Some anglers have issues with it being made in China

8. Ducket Fishing Ghost Casting Rod

The Ducket Fishing rod manufacturer has been around since 2009 and has developed a reputation having an impressive line-up of premium quality fishing rods. The rods are packed with features which you can find in high-end rods, but they remain affordable. 

The Ghost series of these rods was introduced in 2014 and is the lightest and most sensitive of them all, and our review should give you a better understanding of this model.

Product Description

This fishing rod features multi-modulus fiberglass blanks for durability and also for low weight. It is constructed via the Halo-Sanded technique, which will ensure that it maintains low weight and still be durable with high sensitivity. It has a split reel seat, and EVA handles with a comfortable and firm grip.

Other Features and Benefits

The outstanding feature of this rod is its sensitivity, and we can attribute this to its Sensi-Touch blanks, which are also of the highest quality.

The reel seat also enhances sensitivity by allowing transmission from the blank to the hand. The design of the rod will give you flexibility, greater casting distance, and control as it separates the tip of the rod from the backbone.

Lastly, it is lightweight, and your hands will not get fatigued even after holding the rod for long durations.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Ultra-sensitive
  • Premium construction

Cons

  • The tip is a bit fragile

9. Abu Garcia IKE Signature Casting Rod

If you are looking for a medium-heavy rod with a fantastic castability, this Abu Garcia rod would be a great option. You will find all the features that you can find in a high-quality casting rod from sensitivity, construction to parabolic bending, and decent line capacity. It is very affordable and is one of the best that you can find at its price.

Product Description

This rod is crafted out of 36-ton graphite to make it lightweight and highly sensitive, while it has stainless steel guides with Zirconium inserts for line maintenance. The Fuji reel seat will assure you of comfort while its construction utilized HSG (High Stain Glass) for parabolic action, which is of great help in crankbait fishing.

Other Features and Benefits

This is a medium-heavy rod, and it is sturdy enough to ensure that you get the medium to heavy fish with minimum effort. It will withstand the resistance by bass fish, and it will not easily overwhelm you.

It is also a moderate action rod that recovers quite fast. This is an exception to the rule when it comes to similar rods.

The construction is of the highest quality, and you can be sure that your rod never breaks apart even under extreme pressure.

Pros

  • Offers parabolic action
  • Very affordable
  • Highly sensitive

Cons

  • Is a one-piece rod and this hinders transportation

10. Fenwick Tech Elite Bass Casting Rod

Are you looking for a bass fishing rod that would suit both beginners and professionals? Look no further as the Fenwick Elite rod is here for you. The manufacturer was the first in the world to produce technique-specific bass rod, and even the Elite series would suit most of the current techniques used in bass fishing.

It is affordable and is packed with features that would make you think that you are dealing with a high-end rod.

Product Description 

This rod is made in China and is crafted from high modulus graphite to make it lightweight at 4.4oz. It has an impressive line capacity ranging between 6-12lb and is rated as moderate fast. The rod is a one-piece rod and has a split grip handle made of EVA foam while the reel seat is a combination of foam and rubberized cork. It is well built with a stunning appearance.

Other Features and Benefits

This rod is powerful, resilient, and has a sturdy hook setting that will give you the capability to tackle any resistance by the large fish in the water. You can be sure that the bass fishing expedition will be memorable.

The elite rod bends in the top third part when pressure is applied, and this makes it a fast action rod. This feature will make it useful in heavily weeded areas.

Additionally, the Elite rod has aluminum lines light, compact, and will not break apart easily. It also has a TAC handle that will give you an excellent grip even in wet conditions.

Pros

  • Versatile
  • Sturdy titanium lines
  • TAC handle offers amazing grip

Cons

  • One-piece rod inhibits transportation

The Buying Guide

So, what are the key factors to consider when it comes to buying a rod of jerkbaiting? As it turns out, not just any other rig out there will get the job done. There are certain unique factors that you need to pay close attention to.

Length

This is probably the most important factor to consider as far as these rods are concerned. You want to go for a rod that’s short enough to an extent that it’s easy to jerk on a slack line.

But as you can imagine, there is no one-size-fits-all length. Tall people would prefer shorter lengths. For instance, if you are 6 feet 3 inches tall, you’d probably want to go for a 6 feet 5 inch rod. But if you’re slightly shorter, you can bank on a 6 feet 8 inch rod.

From our research, rods measuring more than 7 foot tall don’t perform quite well in this style of fishing.

Type

There are no limits here. You can always opt for the baitcasting or spinning rods. But if you’re a beginner, you’ll probably find spinning rods much easier to comprehend.

Action

Because this particular doesn’t have any action of its own, your best bet is to invest in a rod that allows you quite some room for action. In that case, we’d recommend settling for a fast action rod.

Handle

Jerkbait rods involve a lot of hand movements as you work to control the lure and attract the fish. As such, comfort is key. Therefore, a good handle is one that provides you with a comfortable grip.

*Weight

While it should be well-made and durable, this kind of rod should not be too heavy. Extreme heaviness can leave you fatigued with just a few minutes of fishing. It’s no wonder some people erroneously believe that this style of fishing is tiring – but that should not be the case really.

Which One Is The Best Rod?

Having compared these 10 jerkbait rods, we’d now like to focus on choosing the one we think is best overall. And in that case, our editors settled on the Cadence CR5 Spinning Rod. It measures 6’6” meaning it’s just the perfect, moderate height for the job.

What’s more? It has a comfortable handle and some awesome 30-ton graphite blanks. This is, in our view, a very good value package.

Final Thoughts

So, always keep in mind the fact that these rods need to be short and with just enough backbone. As long as you have such considerations in mind, chances are that you’ll end up loving every moment of jerkbait fishing.

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