When folks talk about fishing patterns with Rogues, cadence commonly get a lot of attention. You’ll hear, “They wanted it fast” or that “painfully long pauses” were the key. That’s understandable. The right length of pause can make a day, and it’s far too easy to fall into a rut with the cadence of your jerks and pauses.

Also important, though, and much less often discussed, are questions of how sharply or how far to pull a Rogue. If you watch a Rogue in front of you in clear water, you’ll see that a quick snap, a slow pull, a big jerk and a series of twitches all make the bait move differently. The best sharpness and length of every rod movement, like the best cadence, depends upon the mood of the fish and can vary from daily.

Maybe because of the name “jerkbait,” the default motion for most anglers is a fairly firm jerk, and simply because we are creatures of habit, a typical angler probably moves the rod tip roughly the same distance with most jerks. Some days, simply lengthening or shortening movements will produce an action that will prompt more strikes. Other days even quicker snaps or much gentler pulls will yield better results

Conditional factors sometimes provide clues about the fish’s likely aggressiveness, but finding what works best any given day usually calls for experimentation. Your natural default motion provides a good starting point, but unless the bite is really good, recognize that the nature of each rod movement can be as important as your cadence or the color Rouge you choose. Be intentional about experimenting and pay attention to what makes the fish bite.