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#11509537 - 03/29/16 06:24 PM Chatterbait size question
coachmatt Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/26/09
Posts: 762
Loc: Wylie
What are the pros and cons for the 3/8 oz vs the 1/2 oz sizes. Trying to determine which would be best. Thanks guys.

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#11509567 - 03/29/16 06:36 PM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
collincountytx Online   content
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Registered: 04/08/08
Posts: 10022
Loc: Dallas, TX
Both have their time and place, but overall if I could throw only one, it would be the 1/2oz--casts further, easier to retrieve hopping and gliding off the bottom. I like to pitch the 1/2oz into gaps in reeds. The 3/8oz is easier to fish in shallow grass and threw scattered shallow cover that occasionally reaches the surface.
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#11509595 - 03/29/16 06:54 PM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
bigbass94 Online   content
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Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3166
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Naturally with chatterbaits, when you reel them, it creates lift. So I like the heavier size to keep my bait down in the water column. The best advice I ever got from an angler was "the best way to fish a spinnerbait, is where you can barely see the blades turning in the water." That same rule applies to chatterbaits.
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#11509597 - 03/29/16 06:55 PM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: collincountytx]
"Old School" Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 2478
Loc: Big D
I'm now only using the 1/2 oz models. I like Rage Tail Craws as my trailer and the heavier one is easier for me to keep it down in the water column.

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#11509742 - 03/29/16 07:58 PM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
Hobbs McAvoy Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 274
Loc: Bullard, TX
3/8 oz for me but I mainly fish shallow grass with them

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#11510259 - 03/30/16 12:06 AM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
Alex Finch Online   content
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Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 1030
Loc: Fate, Texas
Agree with everyone that has posted. For me, it all boils down to the area I'm trying to fish and the conditions I'm faced with. I prefer a 3/8 oz. bladed jig in 3 foot or less or anytime I want a slow presentation. I also prefer it around grass (hydrilla, milfoil). I really tried to preach that slow presentation to my friend that came down from Illinois to fish the Mega Bass on Fork, and he had a blast that weekend!

When the fish become a little more active (i.e. the shad spawn) or if I want to fish it deeper (3' to 8') or if it's windy in the area I'm fishing, I'll bump it up to a 1/2. I've been throwing a 3/8 oz. a whole lot more often so far this year, but it's time to start throwing the 1/2 and 1 oz again. I'll fish a 1/2 oz until the fish move offshore and then you'll find me out there with a 1 oz. trophy hunting. I'll also be throwing the 1 oz. on the edge of feeding flats as the bigger fish start feeding up pre and post spawn.
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#11510289 - 03/30/16 01:36 AM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
Bradshuflin aka hunter'sdad Offline
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Registered: 10/05/10
Posts: 9116
Loc: Sanger, Tx/ Chatham, La
I either throw a 1/2 Oz or a 1 Oz just depends on the depth I'm fishing I can still fish the 1/2 in shallow areas just changing the trailer to keep it up in the water column.
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#11510340 - 03/30/16 05:58 AM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
Jason Burton Guide Service Offline
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Registered: 04/22/10
Posts: 837
Loc: Tyler Tx
Well said Alex!

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#11510341 - 03/30/16 06:01 AM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: bigbass94]
RedRanger Offline
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Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 20295
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Originally Posted By: bigbass94
Naturally with chatterbaits, when you reel them, it creates lift. So I like the heavier size to keep my bait down in the water column. The best advice I ever got from an angler was "the best way to fish a spinnerbait, is where you can barely see the blades turning in the water." That same rule applies to chatterbaits.


I tend to catch much bigger bass when I reel it slow and work it toward the bottom........
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#11510520 - 03/30/16 07:47 AM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
E5Zero Online   content
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Registered: 08/13/07
Posts: 1842
Loc: Downtown Tomball, Texas
I fish both 3/8 and 1/2, but seem to like the 1/2 more often due to castability.

Not to jump the thread, but aside from Rage Craws, what do you guys use for trailers?

I have been using either Kicker Fish Tail Slappers or the Havoc Grass Pig swimbait. Both seem to work well.

Now that I know there is a 1 oz I will have to get a couple!
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#11511070 - 03/30/16 11:03 AM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
TBassYates Online   content
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Registered: 12/21/01
Posts: 6116
Loc: Scurry, Tx - S/E of Dallas
Most of my fish that I have caught this year have come on a chatterbait. I have been using a Big Bite double tail grub for my trailer on chatterbaits and swim jigs. Lots of action in that bait.
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#11511357 - 03/30/16 12:51 PM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
JohnButte Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 07/05/12
Posts: 867
Loc: Lake El Butto, Pearland
For a change of pace, especially if there is a lighter bite or you are going after fun little guys like guadalupe bass, try the 1/8 oz micro chatterbait. Pull the skirt off and add a beaver style trailer.

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#11511498 - 03/30/16 01:48 PM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
cruzfishing Offline
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Registered: 02/18/13
Posts: 84
Loc: North Dallas, Texas
Come on guys... Everyone knows size doesn't matter......right guys???.....guys???
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#11511507 - 03/30/16 01:52 PM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: coachmatt]
Nutman Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 2634
Loc: Athens, TX
I add weight to mine..... Make them 1.5 ounces,,,, better yet.
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#11511559 - 03/30/16 02:17 PM Re: Chatterbait size question [Re: E5Zero]
reeltexan Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/03/06
Posts: 2052
Loc: Ovilla, TEXAS
Originally Posted By: E5Zero
I fish both 3/8 and 1/2, but seem to like the 1/2 more often due to castability.

Not to jump the thread, but aside from Rage Craws, what do you guys use for trailers?

I have been using either Kicker Fish Tail Slappers or the Havoc Grass Pig swimbait. Both seem to work well.

Now that I know there is a 1 oz I will have to get a couple!


I like Cane Thumpers and baby Rage Craws.
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