|Jerkbaits are hard, floating or sinking lures given a twitchy action by jerking the rod and/or reeling in the slack in a stop-start manner. One make that won’t let you down is the Buster Jerk. It’s easy to work and attracts the big fish. It also transmits vibrations very well. To fish all day for pike using bait like a Buster Jerk, you’ll need no ordinary blank but rather one that’s right for the job. For a start, it has to have enough power to cast 30–80 g lures. Next, it must be relatively short, say 1.80–1.90 m. That’s a nice length for comfortably working the lure off a low rod in a float tube, on a boat or off the bank. The idea is to view the lure as an extension of your hand. A shorter rear grip is best so as not to hamper your handling. You’ll want a pretty stiff blank that won’t absorb each flick of your wrist but rather transmit that energy to the line. However, it will need enough bend to set the hook properly and avoid losing the pike once the fight begins. In short, stiff when working the lure, flexible when fighting the fish. We chose three blanks we think fit the bill. - The Rainshadow REVC 68 H 2.03 m 30–80 g has everything you need to work your jerkbait effectively. Shorten the rear grip as needed. - Made by NFC and sold by Rodbuilder’s Republic, the MAMA BUSTER 1.82 m 30–100 g was made specially for jerkbait and has become the standard blank for this fishing technique. - The NFC MB 669 SM 1.98 m 30–100 g is just fine in low modulus graphite as vibration is not your number one priority. Shorten the rear grip as needed.