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#12242840 - 05/12/17 11:25 AM Best Chatterbait
Crankalot Offline

Registered: 06/01/12
Posts: 484
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
There are copious amounts of chatterbaits on the market and I don't have one. What are some brands and models I should purchase? The Z-Man brand seems to receive great reviews, but even then there are a lot of models.

I fish the Guadalupe, Frio, Llano, Medina.


#12242871 - 05/12/17 11:47 AM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
bigbass94 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 4479
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
I pretty much just stick to Z-Man or Phenix. With the Z-Man, I just buy the cheapest one then put my own skirt on it. I don't mind when I lose them either because they don't cost as much. The only bad thing about it is that the hook isn't the greatest, but it gets the job done.

Edited by bigbass94 (05/12/17 11:47 AM)
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#12242911 - 05/12/17 12:22 PM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
JD/76708 Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 08/07/10
Posts: 6164
Loc: ..around the way, near Lk Waco
Make sure to get more than just one....they are far from weedless

Try the Finch Nasty Thumpers, they are the bomb...or get u some Z Man Elites
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#12242913 - 05/12/17 12:23 PM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
Isaiah Bock Offline

Registered: 04/13/17
Posts: 191
Loc: Mckinney, Tx
First let me say I have thrown every chatterbait on the market and I buy the z man pros. The original will catch plenty of fish but is not near the quality and will not hold as well. Having said that I might recommend trying the original first because most people either love or hate a chatterbait. I personally love the bait. From years of throwing them I have found the don't catch as many bass as a spinner bait typically, but you catch larger fish. White and chartreuse is phenomenal and a close second would be green pumpkin with a black blade and then add either a Gary Yamoto Zako or swim senko for your trailer. Throw it like you would a spinner bait and you will catch fish. For me the slow steady retrieve where I can see it has been the most productive for me. They work best around any structure but my favorite is grass beds. It is defiantly a bait that you need to build confidence in. The reason most people don't like them is the don't know how to fish them and then they lose confidence. Read alot of articles about the bait and I think you will like it.

Edited by Isaiah Bock (05/12/17 12:26 PM)

PB between 8-10 pounds

#12242916 - 05/12/17 12:23 PM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
TBassYates Offline
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Registered: 12/21/01
Posts: 6579
Loc: Scurry, Tx - S/E of Dallas
I still use the original Z Man and they are on sale right now at Bass Pro.

#12242986 - 05/12/17 01:12 PM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
redskeeter190 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 05/02/09
Posts: 1812
Loc: Knoxville, TN
I make my own....and they are AWESOME....

#12243020 - 05/12/17 01:34 PM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
CoachCBA Offline
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Registered: 07/10/10
Posts: 6863
Loc: Whitehouse, TX
I agree with Z Man Pro. Really good bladed jig that catches big ones.
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#12243359 - 05/12/17 06:47 PM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
charles mcmahan Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 04/10/08
Posts: 625
Finch Nasty for me!!

#12243442 - 05/12/17 07:54 PM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
RedEar12 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/30/15
Posts: 957
I buy the original. Its cheap. It catches. I modify it. It catches more. Its cheap.

#12243646 - 05/12/17 10:30 PM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
Bass-N-Buck Master Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/16/13
Posts: 2412
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Alex's Finch Nasty chatterbaits are great and catch plenty of fish and he is a local TFF'er so nice to support him

#12243717 - 05/13/17 12:06 AM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
Jason Burton Guide Service Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/22/10
Posts: 1116
Loc: Tyler Tx
Finch Nasty all day!!!

#12243742 - 05/13/17 04:01 AM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
Big Swimbait Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/01/14
Posts: 636
Loc: Irving
Finch Nasty FTW!
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#12243774 - 05/13/17 06:28 AM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
Fishspanker Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/19/08
Posts: 7543
Loc: Island of Jeff (Humble)
Not considering cost it's the Evergreen.
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#12243805 - 05/13/17 07:24 AM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
RedRanger Offline
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Registered: 08/20/03
Posts: 24109
Loc: Frisco, Texas
Strike King Pure Poison

#12244005 - 05/13/17 10:37 AM Re: Best Chatterbait [Re: Crankalot]
Hobbs McAvoy Offline

Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 392
Loc: Bullard, TX
Z Man chatterbaits are hard to beat. The cheaper original ones have cheaper snaps and hooks but they catch fish. I use the Project Z the most but I think the originals and customs have more wobble to them. Finch nasty's are good but the hook shank is a little shorter than I like. Just personal preference.

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