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Chatter baits #13685878 08/31/20 03:34 AM
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I can not get a chatter bait to move through the water to save my life what am I doing wrong. When I first cast a can feel it vibrating for the first few turns then nothing and when it gets close to the boat it has been rolling like a alligator. I have tried 6-1 all the way to almost 9-1 reels it don’t matter if it’s on a 6’6 pole or a 7’5

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Re: Chatter baits [Re: Jchssm47] #13685949 08/31/20 11:06 AM
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my first question would be is it the zman brand or another brand? i have almost zero luck with other brands working correctly especially ones with the holes in them. other than that what kind of trailer are you using? I've had them get fouled and would cause twist before. i love chatterbaits(zman) and usually don't see them rolling.

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Originally Posted by bassmanrudy
my first question would be is it the zman brand or another brand? i have almost zero luck with other brands working correctly especially ones with the holes in them. other than that what kind of trailer are you using? I've had them get fouled and would cause twist before. i love chatterbaits(zman) and usually don't see them rolling.


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Re: Chatter baits [Re: Jchssm47] #13685996 08/31/20 11:56 AM
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Jack hammers work well. They cost too much though.


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Re: Chatter baits [Re: SteezMacQueen] #13686015 08/31/20 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
Jack hammers work well. They cost too much though.


Try the Project Z version. About half the price and work just as well.

Re: Chatter baits [Re: Jchssm47] #13686123 08/31/20 01:41 PM
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Just checking all the sources that will cause it not to preform:
- The line tie clip is on the bottom side of the blade.
- Do not over load the bait with a large trailer.
- Less strands of skirt material make them work better.
- Blades with the wholes tend to break the wobble pattern.
- The split ring does not fit the whole of the jig head. It must have ample room to keep from getting out of position. Make sure all of the paint is removed from the eye of the jig for the split ring to work freely.
- Make sure the blade is not on upside down if it has the nose bend in the blade.
- A quick pop of the bait will usually put it back into action, if any component gets out of alignment.


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Re: Chatter baits [Re: Jchssm47] #13686818 08/31/20 09:56 PM
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I've never had that issue with any of the brands I have tried.

Make sure you are tying to the right side of the tie clip. When I first started using them, I made that mistake a few times.

Re: Chatter baits [Re: Jchssm47] #13686882 08/31/20 10:44 PM
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Never had that problem. Sounds like the loop tie is sticking or something. Probably aliens.


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Re: Chatter baits [Re: Jchssm47] #13686966 08/31/20 11:33 PM
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If it's a Zman, Jackhammer, or Phenix, you shouldn't be having this problem. If it's one of those brands, I'd start trouble shooting, beginning with possibility that your selected trailer is overpowering your bait.

If it's another brand, a lot of the brands on the market just don't run that well, especially at higher speeds.

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Never had that happen

Re: Chatter baits [Re: Jchssm47] #13687068 09/01/20 12:50 AM
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Any in the zman line should work fine. Strike kings work, booyah one is garbage. I stick to jack hammers


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Re: Chatter baits [Re: jbcarroll3000] #13687123 09/01/20 01:41 AM
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I have been tying on the top loop🤦🏻‍♂️ Thank you guys for the input as always!!

Re: Chatter baits [Re: jbcarroll3000] #13687131 09/01/20 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by jbcarroll3000
If it's a Zman, Jackhammer, or Phenix, you shouldn't be having this problem. If it's one of those brands, I'd start trouble shooting, beginning with possibility that your selected trailer is overpowering your bait.

If it's another brand, a lot of the brands on the market just don't run that well, especially at higher speeds.



This right here...Never had a problem with any of the above. I also have some custom bladed jigs that run true as the ZMan brands.

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