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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 5 out of 5 by BDB300 Catches Fish
Bass kill these. Almost impossible to NOT catch fish. On a particularly tough morning after not catching fish on top water or cranks I tied one of these on in 3/8 Chartreuse and the bass, in 3-6' water, came to life.
September 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by JimboS Versatility and Durability
It's amazing how well these baits come through the weeds - and the bass love when you rip 'em and drop 'em.
August 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by jcbasser easy to use
ive been using chatterbaits for a few years now and still make sure to keep a couple stocked up. a very deadly bait in reeds lilys and overtop grass,steady retrieve has worked best for me. some buddys have bought them after seeing what the bait can do yet most cant catch anything on them all i know is it catches bass EVERYTIME for me
July 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by BassSlayerMI Muskie!!!!
Was using this for bass fishing with light tackle in my canoe when I landed a 43 inch Muskie (no steel leader, a small bass net, 10lbs test on a medium light action pole). I've had the most luck with the white and green ones. The muskie hit on the white one after I casted it out only two times!
June 11, 2013
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.