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Offering the action of a crankbait, the profile of a jig and the flash of a spinnerbait, The Z-Man® Original ChatterBait® will have a profound impact on the way you fish. Designed to swim in an erratic motion that mimics wounded prey, the Original ChatterBait features a unique hex-shaped ChatterBlade® that pivots violently back and forth on the jig eyelet, producing enough vibration to let you feel every pulse. The ChatterBlade also serves as a weedguard to keep the hook from snagging on weeds or brush. The Original ChatterBait's EZ Skirt®, with super tough ElaZtech® Split-Tail TrailerZ™, creates an enticing, undulating action to provoke strikes. Perfect for muddy, stained water, the straight-tracking ChatterBait won't hydroplane on a fast retrieve and its depth is easily regulated.
Swims in an erratic motion that mimics wounded prey
Rated 4 out of 5 by Spinnerbaitboy44 great summer bait for pig bass
good bait to use in shallow weed cover and wood structure in mid- late summer/ early fall. I had a huuge pike follow up a hooked 11" bass great product by Z-MAN ! will buy again.
May 18, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Drumkitbasher Chatterbait is a must have!
The Z-Man Chatterbait is a must have for everyone! You should have at least 2 in your tacklebox. One in a light, and one in a dark color. They are a great back up bait when things are not going well. I would suggest using a different trailer than what comes in the pack, and taking a few seconds to sharpen the hook. It is a good idea to check the clasp after you get hung up or catch a fish. The clasp can get bent and pulled out.
May 12, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by jergue Z-man original
These things will absolutely catch fish. When the rest of the field is chucking spinnerbaits, the ChatterBait gives fish a different look. I love these things, and always have a rod with one ready to go. However, for such an awesome bait, I have found that the hook component is severely lacking. I recently ordered 10 of them online and when I got them, 4 of the 10 had hooks that needed serious addressing, right out of the package. As a result, I wouldn't buy one unless I had it in my hand and could see the hook first. I have since gone with the Elite version, as they use a MUCH higher quality, sticky sharp Gamakatsu hook, along with a beefier head-to-blade connection. Yes, they are pricier, but you can throw them with more confidence knowing that Gama hook is going to eat. I like to use a Starflash replacement skirt instead of the one it comes with. I also get rid of the twin tail trailer that comes with it and opt for something with a bit more beef/profile. Just a personal preference. Regardless of which one you go with, make sure you throw a trailer hook on it.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by bassin81 z man chatterbait
Has great action, already catching bass with it. You can fish itdeep or shallow.
April 22, 2014
Yes they do! burn them along prime pike habitat and you will get bit, hard! I guess if you jigged them on a reef for walleye you would get some bighters an dit would be easy to know when you hit bottom in windy conditions:)
Chattbaits will work for Pike like a spinnerbait will, but I would avoid Z-Man. The hooks straighten out with bass and will surely not hold Pike or Walleye. Go with something more substancial like D&M or Revenge available at Tackle Warehouse.
There really is no wrong way - anyplace you'd think to throw a spinnerbait, rattle trap, crank bait or a jig-n-pig, is a good place to throw a chatterbait. They come through the weeds better than a spinnerbait, and have a vibration that rivals any rattletrap/crankbait. A lift and drop is deadly on Lake Champlain largemouth, in place of a jig-n-pig.
Just cast and retrieve. If the fish are kind of sluggish an occasional pause will help the curious followers and not takers. This bait is best in shallower water, but due to its erratic nature, will call fish up from some deeper water.