Nothing against the other companies as they build great jigs and other products, but in my mind once chatterbait started enforcing the patent on the connection of the blade nothing else compares. I just don’t believe you can get the same vibration with the extra split ring between the blade and jig head.
I’m quirky this way. I also don’t like boot tail trailers on a chatterbait. The boot tail creates its own action as does the chatterbait. Why have them contrasting? We know waves can cancel each other out so why create this contrast. I use boot tails as trailers on swim jigs with no blade and either a fluke, split tail trailer or live magic shad with regular tail on the chatterbait.
Just my 2 cents and worth exactly what you paid for it. I’m looking forward to more posts on this as I almost made this a thread earlier today
I use the Zman with a 5" boot tail swimbait regularly and vary the presentation, with and without skirt. The swimbait follows the head and the blade action reverberates down the body akin to how a fish actually swims. The skirt also changes the water flow dynamics of the swimbait as well. I prefer to fish it without the skirt exposing the swimbait completely.