A class of its own

Pike are the pick of the bunch, the freshwater fish anglers fantasize about, the ultimate river predator. Fast and quiet with excellent eyesight, pike are one of the first carnivores the aspiring fisher learns to catch – an experience forever engraved in their memory. Renowned for their fight and appetite for prey of considerable size, pike can grow to over a meter in length. Now that’s a catch!

Short and stout but with a snout

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.

REVC 68H Blank

2.03m 30-80 grs

Lightness
trattabile
Progressivity
Réserve de puissance
Sensitivity
Casting distance
103,00 € IVA inc.
MAMA BUSTER Blank

1.82m 30-100 grs

Lightness
trattabile
Progressivity
Réserve de puissance
Sensitivity
Casting distance
105,30 € IVA inc.
Mag Bass 669-1 SM Blank

1.98m 30-100 grs ERN : 26.78 AA : 62.90

Lightness
trattabile
Progressivity
Réserve de puissance
Sensitivity
Casting distance
111,60 € IVA inc.