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#11345466 - 01/14/16 09:34 AM Chatterbaits?
Finesse Master/ Dropshot king Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/18/15
Posts: 1449
Loc: Arlington
I have never really used them I want to know the ins and outs school me on them? All advice is welcomed an greatly thanked! clap

#11345474 - 01/14/16 09:36 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
crappieman1985 Offline

Registered: 04/02/04
Posts: 206
Loc: Mansfield, TX
Throw 'em!
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#11345491 - 01/14/16 09:45 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
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Registered: 05/27/12
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Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Z-Man Chatterbait

I love to throw the original chatterbaits. Why? Because they're proven winners, they hold up, they have he best blade action and I've had a tremendous amount of success on them. People don't realize that chatterbaits are "big fish baits". I've caught the majority of my biggest fish on a chatterbait. You won't get as many bites as you will with a spinnerbait, but the quality will be better. If you can learn how to slim down the profile of a chatterbait, you'll get more bites, especially in clear water. That's another myth, that chatterbaits don't work in clear water. Don't believe that, they work in gin clear water just as well as muddy water. They work best around grass and they do not come through timber very well. I use chatterbaits year around, but they really shine during the Fall and Spring. It's a great tool if you need 5 biggun's.
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#11345499 - 01/14/16 09:47 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
scoopdaloop Offline

Registered: 06/29/14
Posts: 55
I like Picasso chatterbaits but I also like to go to Barlows tackle and build my own with Boss skirts. Cheaper to build them but the Picasso jigs look amazing.

I use Keitech swimbaits, craws and grubs. Colors are pretty simple like your standard jigs. I use white, purple/orange/brown, green pumpkin and black. I'm sure you could have success with many others colors but that is what I stick with. You can get chatterbaits with swingheads/weedless hook or a standard jig hook, I haven't had many problems with the jig hook but I have both on board.

As for retrieval, I've had success stroking it off the bottom, burning it over grass lines, slow rolling the bottom, really get creative and see what the fish bite. Chatterbaits are especially fun around grass, ripping them out of grass has caught a lot of fish for me.

I find myself throwing a chatterbait more often in windy conditions, murky/stained water and in situations when I know for a fact that fish are willing to chase down my lure. Then again, I know people that always have a chatter on their deck. If you have confidence in it, throw it.

Edited by scoopdaloop (01/14/16 09:48 AM)

#11345607 - 01/14/16 10:28 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
californiabass22 Offline

Registered: 05/22/15
Posts: 176
Loc: Irving, TX
play with different trailers, swimbaits, brush hugs, creatures etc.
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#11345619 - 01/14/16 10:34 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
justhrowit Offline

Registered: 02/15/05
Posts: 233
Loc: Dallas
I love throwing them. As others have said, they are BIG FISH baits. The one downside, and I wonder if others have the same experience, they are fish losing baits as well. For whatever reason, I have lost a lot of fish on them as well. Anyone else have this experience?

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#11345627 - 01/14/16 10:38 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
GrassProShop Jim Offline
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Registered: 01/19/10
Posts: 1417
Loc: Grapevine, TX
Don't know if you're going to the Fun-n-Sun open house this weekend, but Alex Finch with Finch Nasty baits makes a really nice chatterbait. He calls it a "Thumper".

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#11345639 - 01/14/16 10:47 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
buda13 Offline

Registered: 07/02/04
Posts: 18225
Loc: NRH, TX
Vary your retrieve until the fish tell you how they want it. Also trailer wise there are several in my arsenal.. Zoom Speed Craw, Swimmin Senko, Talon Goby, and the regular old 2 legged spinnerbait trailer. Some days they'll eat em all and some days they only want one specific trailer. I would also suggest looking around at the different brands of vibrating jigs out there, so many reputable companies are making them now that you dont have to settle for inferior components and skirts. cheers

#11345646 - 01/14/16 10:50 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
Big Kev Offline

Registered: 03/20/15
Posts: 86
I have had issues with loosing fish as well with most brands of bladed baits. I started throwing the Strike King Tour Grade Rage Blade and have not lost one yet on it (knock on wood). It has a Gamakatsu hook and the way the blade was designed it comes thru cover (not just grass) very well. I am always throwing this bait thru timber and I can honestly not recall any snags. Californiabass22 is right, play with several styles of trailers. I use a swim-bait style most of the time but in spring time the craw-fish type can be deadly. Just pick your colors based on water clarity and type of bait you are mimicking and you should be good. Just my 2 cents.

#11345657 - 01/14/16 10:54 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
aquaholic1822 Offline
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Registered: 03/02/13
Posts: 5733
Loc: Grand Prairie
its my favorite bed fishing bait

#11345716 - 01/14/16 11:22 AM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
WmSmith Offline

Registered: 11/27/14
Posts: 125
All chatterbaits dont retrieve the same. Just like a crankbait you need to fit your situation. But I mainly throw mine in the spring and fall with a swimbait. Those fish swallow them. Usually good size fish too

#11345807 - 01/14/16 12:06 PM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
ChrisPowellFishing Offline
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Registered: 09/16/11
Posts: 604
I like to use them in dirty water and where ever you have grass! I fish a pretty clear lake and when we have a big rain that pushes in muddy water or sometimes even during the rain. I will fish all the flooded secondary growth! And they slam it!!! In the cold water I tend to use a slower stop and go retrieve.
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#11345890 - 01/14/16 12:49 PM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
wacopops Offline
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Registered: 08/07/06
Posts: 745
Loc: waco tx
One of my confidence baits, use it like crank bait and like jig into brush piles w/craw attached.

#11345940 - 01/14/16 01:14 PM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: Finesse Master/ Dropshot king]
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Great Baits, my favorite trailers are Lake Fork Tackle magic shads.

#11346065 - 01/14/16 02:00 PM Re: Chatterbaits? [Re: GrassProShop Jim]
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Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 1205
Loc: Fate, Texas
Originally Posted By: GrassProShop Jim
Don't know if you're going to the Fun-n-Sun open house this weekend, but Alex Finch with Finch Nasty baits makes a really nice chatterbait. He calls it a "Thumper".


Thank you! I'm going to offer several new colors for the Thumper this year, and I'll have all of them at the show. I'll also have The Lunker Thumper in every color for the guys that like to chase trophies!

Fun N' Sun will be the place to be this weekend! It's also a great opportunity to meet us guys who build lures locally and to check out products first hand. To the OP, I'll be happy to talk to you about them at the show this weekend. My booth is a can't-miss; it's literally straight in front of the double doors at the entrance.

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