Sabre Dance Jerkbait Cuts through the Water and Price Barriers
Total Score: 6.91 -
Where did Zerek come from? This company comes from Asia and is a
relative newcomer to the U.S. market offering a selection of hardbaits at
aggressive prices. All of the baits share similar characteristics and look like
they are cut from the same cloth. Our first foray into this brand’s offerings is
the Sabre Dance jerkbait which is available for under five dollars.
Zerek's Sabre dance is a new
The Zerek family of baits features both clean streamlined designs and metallic
finishes. The Sabre Dance is the company’s first jerkbait offering and is
available in two sizes, 3.25” and 4.5” versions which weigh ¼ and ½ oz.
respectively. Both of these lures are designed to dive down to a maximum depth
of 4 feet and when at rest they both float.
The Sabre Dance has a sleek and
In terms if
styling the Sabre Dance somewhat reminds me of Yozuri offerings and has a flat
bottom and arced back that peaks right over the first treble hook. The baits
have sculpted gills, are finished with realistic 3D eyes and come armed with two
treble hooks. Like many other shallow divers the Zerek Sabre Dance features a
small lip that protrudes right off the front of the bait. Overall the bait has
somewhat generic lines and to remind anglers exactly what they are fishing the
company prints a “Z” right on the back of the lure. So why is this bait called
the Sabre Dance? It was finally time to put the lure in the water and find out.
The lure features 3D gills
I always relish the opportunity to test a new jerkbait/ripbait offers as they
represent one of my favorite year round techniques. I fished the Zerek Sabre
Dance both early season in cold water as well as during the Summer when I could
target both Largemouth and Striped Bass in the California Delta. We used a
variety of reels and rods but the majority of our tests I employed high speed
7:1 reels spooled up with Berkley monofilament line.
A recessed 3D eye adds to the
When it comes to casting there isn’t all that much to say about this bait. The
Sabre Dance is easy enough to cast both short and long distances but most
anglers will want to fling this lure as far as they can to cover as much water
as possible. The Sabre Dance ½ oz. casts much further but both cast predictably
thanks to an internal weight transfer system that also helps balance the bait
once it hits the water.
Currently all patterns feature a
flashy foil finish underneath the paint finish
Savvy jerkbait fishermen vary their retrieves to determine just what cadence the
fish desire. I can’t tell you how many times a straight rip has worked one day
and after only 24 hours when returning to the same spot the fish will only bite
on the same exact bait when retrieved with prolonged pauses. When fish are more
hesitant to strike I find that suspending jerkbaits present the more attractive
target as they are more subtle and can effectively stay in the strike zone
longer. I found the Sabre Dance was most effective when fish were more active
and enthusiastically chasing baitfish.
A macro look at the finish of the
"Chrome Tiger" pattern
Sabre Dance needs better hooks