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Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait #13309282 10/12/19 03:17 PM
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Maybe get a little discussion going on what folks think of each one.

Which one do you use most?

When would you be most likely to use a chatterbait?

When would you be most likely to sue a spinnerbait?

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Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13309286 10/12/19 03:21 PM
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For me... Wood and brush= spinner bait. Grass = chatter bait or spinner bait

Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Coolarrow] #13309311 10/12/19 03:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Coolarrow
For me... Wood and brush= spinner bait. Grass = chatter bait or spinner bait


Good advice right there.

As much confidence as I have in a Chatterbait it is just not an efficient tool in thick brush. The spinnerbait will be a better choice due to getting hung up less.

Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13309312 10/12/19 03:47 PM
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Most of the time I get bit more on a spinnerbait. I've always felt fish need to be more agressive to bite a chatterbait, with a
spinnerbait not as much,



Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13309426 10/12/19 05:49 PM
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Well, since there is no grass (almost) in Fork, guess I better tie on a spinnerbait and go see what happens. Weather is too nice right now to stay in the house all day

Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13309464 10/12/19 06:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Troyz
Well, since there is no grass (almost) in Fork, guess I better tie on a spinnerbait and go see what happens. Weather is too nice right now to stay in the house all day


I fish grass every time my boat touches fork. As far as the two baits go I will throw a spinnerbait when there is cloud cover or when the light is low and there is wind. No cloud cover and wind blowing I go with the chatterbait.

Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13309947 10/13/19 01:03 PM
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Good advice here on wood vs. grass. That said, I'll think about fishing pressure as well. If it's a body of water that receives very little fishing pressure, I'll usually go with the spinnerbait. If it receives a lot of pressure I'll usually go with the chatterbait. Lots of data out there that shows fish can quickly become conditioned to hardbaits, particularly those that vibrate. That is to say, fish quickly become educated after getting caught a few times on these baits. I think on most lakes spinnerbaits get thrown more, so if I believe that to be true I'll tie on a chatterbait just because I think the fish will be less conditioned to it.


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Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13309971 10/13/19 02:01 PM
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If the cover is limber enough that I can rip a chatterbait through it without getting hung up, I’m throwing a chatterbait.

My favorite cover is newly flooded cover that is still green and limber. So small brush and stick ups I’m throwing the chatterbait. I always reach for it first and only throw the spinnerbait if I’m getting snagged too often with the chatter bait.

I also have more confidence with the chatter bait in really clear water.

Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13309988 10/13/19 02:14 PM
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I just try both alobg with other lures to see what the fish seem to want. I don't like having preconceived ideas or get locked into a presentation before I see that the fish are not reacting to it.

Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13310071 10/13/19 03:50 PM
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I catch more fish on spinnerbaits. I’ve never done very well with chatterbaits.


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Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13310089 10/13/19 04:19 PM
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Probably all in my head but seem’s Chatterbait in the spring and Spinnerbait in the fall.








Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13310096 10/13/19 04:25 PM
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If I had my choice probably chatterbait but.... Spinner bait shines in 2 scenarios for me. Heavy brush and lots of shallow stumps, and also slow rolling over deep grass.

Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Duck_Hunter] #13310148 10/13/19 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Duck_Hunter
I catch more fish on spinnerbaits. I’ve never done very well with chatterbaits.


I was the same way until this year. Ive been throwing chatterbaits off and on for the last 4 years or so. Didnt catch a fish on one until this year.

Would bet everything i own i caught more fish on a chatterbait this year than all other lures combined.

It seems like my fishing partner could always finish off a limit when the bite was tough with a chatterbait. I couldnt get bit. Was fishing some newly flooded brush this year and catching a few fish flipping and on spinnerbaits. Decided to give the chatterbait a shot. First chatterbait fish was over 5 lbs. Before that only caught a handful over 3. Kept throwing the chatterbait and caught another over 5 and 2 more over 4 fishing same waters i already covered with the spinnerbait. Then i had the confidence to pick it up and keep throwing it. Before i never had the confidence.

Overall ive caught more 4-6 lb fish on a chatterbait this year than ive caught on a spinnerbait all my life. Just seems like I catch both greater numbers and more quality fish with the chatterbait.

But i did win 1 club tourney with a spinnerbait this year. So its not always better, but more often than not it outproduces for me. But if you dont have confidence in it, might as well hang it up.

Give it a shot in the spring. Caught a fish almost 7 lbs on one in crystal clear water in about 3 ft. Only quality fish ive ever casted towards and caught. Apparently i suck at site fishing.

Often times its a weird bite. Very seldom do they hammer it for me. Most of the time i feel the vibration stop and then dead weight like ive snagged some grass. If you think its grass, set the hook. If it is grass you will often times rip the chatterbait out and get bit afterwards.

I use same approach as with a jig, if it feels different, go ahead and set the hook.

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Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13310163 10/13/19 05:58 PM
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As some others have said, both baits have different situations where they are better suited and that is important, but I like to try and just see what the fish want on a particular day. If I'm going down a windy shoreline, even if the cover I'm fishing suits one bait more than the other I will still throw both to see what the fish want.

With that said I know I throw a spinnerbait more often because I just have more confidence in it.


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Re: Chatterbait vs Spinnerbait [Re: Troyz] #13310505 10/13/19 10:43 PM
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I prefer a chatterbait most of the time because I can use a wider array of trailers with them.

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