Spro has been helping anglers catch fish for years. The company’s attention to detail is among the elite, just look at the endorsement list of pros who are hooked on Spro: Bill Siemantel, Dean Rojas, John Crews and Roland Martin. These guys are not only well respected from an angler’s standpoint, but each angler is also a standup person on the business side of things. On and off the water, Spro has gained a re-surging popularity by specializing in swimbaits, crankbaits and frogs.
For the Pacific Northwest, there is a particular type of lure that constantly accounts for big smallmouth – the jerkbait. Spro has taken hard bait fans by storm with a bait called The McStick with the help of Bassmaster Pro Mike McClelland. With the enormous selection of baits from many different industry manufacturers, Spro has kept the design process simple; make a slim bait that can perform erratic motions and suspend better than the rest – all while maintaining a ‘nose-down’ stance. Most other high-end jerkbaits cannot compete without adding special weights called suspen-dots. This is the true advantage of the Spro McStick. It is ready to catch fish out of the package.
When it comes to eye-catching details, Spro constantly nails the finest of fine points. The company now offers the McStick in over 13 colors. With two sizes, the larger 110mm and smaller 95mm, you can effectively target smallmouth, largemouth or spotted bass by matching the size of your water’s forage.
For Spring, the McStick 110 is an excellent choice for smallmouth bass. By using bright colored lures, such as Spro’s Table Rock Shad and Wicked Perch patterns, you can taunt smallmouth into biting by using a jerk-jerk-pause cadence. A dead-stick interim pause screams “come eat me”! Other colors such as Clown, Old Glory and Spooky Shad are great year-round depending on the water clarity.
Jerkbaits are the most successful lures for me beginning in late February through March. Once your water temps approach forty-seven degrees, you can begin targeting schools of smallmouth. By varying your retrieve and using the McStick’s perfectly suspending characteristics, you will find that with some practice, this hard bait can and will out-fish other favorites such as plastics, crankbaits and spoons.
Fishing the McStick with forgiving gear can help increase hook-up ratios dramatically. Use a 6’6” or 7’ rod with a medium power, fast action. By using P-Line 100% Ultimate Fluorocarbon, you are giving the McStick a perfect nose-down appearance and ensuring that the smallmouth have very little line stretch once they commit to the bait. The medium rod gives your presentation the slack needed for the McStick’s hooks to penetrate, while P-Line’s Fluorocarbon holds the bait as your sweeping hookset is followed up with your reel’s turn of the handle. If you use a medium rod with monofilament, jerkbaits tend to pop loose upon hookup due to the rod and line stretch acting in unison. With braid, you will often rip the jerkbait away from the fish. Fluoro has been my most successful addition and a piece to the puzzle that is just as important as bait selection.
With all of the baits you have to choose among this exciting way to fish, you do not need to purchase so-called, high-end jerkbaits to retain action, suspension and mechanical advantage. Spro’s McStick catches fish and costs less than other competing brands – a little confidence in your bait goes a long way. Stick to a couple of different colors in ½-ounce version and rip the bait like you’ve never ripped a bait before. The Spro McStick was my #1 jerbkait in 2012, so add it to your arsenal and see the results for yourself.
Would you like to try the Spro McStick 110 for yourself? If so, they are available by clicking Tackle Warehouse. Want video proof? See my video below: