If you are looking for the #1 site for information on one of the best bass lures of all-time, you have arrived. Welcome to the world’s only website dedicated exclusively to the Arbogast Jitterbug, possibly one of the best top water lures ever crafted.
A Classic is Born
Since the Jitterbug’s birth in the 1930s, many other top water lures have come and gone, but the Jitterbug is still on the A-list of must-have bass lures. Some modern anglers turn their noses up at this timeless classic, but make no mistake: such is their loss. The object of bass fishing is to catch bass, and that’s exactly what this lure does very well. It may be neither the fanciest, nor the highest tech lure out there, but the Jitterbug can more than hold its own against anything the modern world has to offer, without reservation.
So what is the secret to this classic? What makes the Jitterbug different from a standard popper lure? The answer is the double-cupped lip at the front of the lure. The lip produces loud and unique rhythmic commotion in the water that drives bass—and most other predatory fish—absolutely insane.
The basic design and function of the Jitterbug has not changed much over the years. Instead, the few alterations the lure has received have mostly been limited to materials and colors. Introduced as a wooden lure with a metal lip, the Jitterbug was forced to make a few changes after World War II broke out and forced a shortage in metal. At that point, Arbogast changed direction and started making a version of the Jitterbug where both the body and the lip were crafted from plastic. Once the war ended, Arbogast was able to reinstate the metal lip, but the plastic body remained.
You must fish this lure with confidence and patience but don’t be surprised when fish come swimming up to investigate your lure seconds after it hits the water. But be warned: strikes come hard and fast with this lure, so you have to be ready to do battle from the moment you let it hit the surface. And yes, bass are your most likely victims, but you may also see pickerel, crappie, pike, and other fish species as well when fishing a Jitterbug.
Modern Day Jitterbugs
Because of these small evolutions to the Jitterbug over the years, you can today find the lure in several different stylistic variations. Colorful plastic models with the trademark metal lip are the most common versions of the Jitterbug, but you can also still get your hands on the original wooden models, if you like. After all, it isn’t easy to improve on perfection, and that is precisely what the Arbogast company achieved with the original wooden models of the Jitterbug.
In the pages that follow throughout this site, I’ll be telling you more the Jitterbug’s history, as well as providing you with tips on how to use the lure and even on where you can find it. So relax and enjoy the site, and when you are through, take a few Jitterbugs out for a test-drive yourself!