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Well started on the Swing Jig ride this year and things are what they say they are. Now looking to try the Chatterbaits. Looking for a little help before investing. Thanks all!!!

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3/8 oz in black/blue, green pumpkin, and white/chart. Experiment with different trailers ie. grubs, paddle tail swimbaits

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Same colors as spinnerbaits. I like paddle tail swimbaits for the trailer.

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I primarily use 2-3 colors and only one size. I use a black and blue, green pumpkin, and some sort of white. The size I use is a 3/8 oz.

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U needz 'da new Zmans Project Zs Chatterbaits. New and improved, much betta den old ones. Da Houdini and zee black and blue is good, but meybe tryz zem all? 

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I like black and blue, kind of a firetiger color I make, and green pumpkin. Lately I've been using a special one I did with green pumpkin, some chartreuse, and a black blade. It's really been tearing them up! 

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3/8 oz chartreuse and white with a white paddle tail or split tall trailer. Try to bump it off rocks on the bottom or along the banks and keep it right above the weeds.

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PM bluebasser from above. His baits are made of quality components and have a wire tied skirt. The colors he makes are great, and he usually has no problem tweaking a color for you. 

 

Welcome to the addiction.

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I fish these a lot and caught some very nice fish on them.  I fish two colors determined by water clarity.  If its muddy I use black/blue with a matching 6 inch swimbait trailer.  It sounds large and it is but you'll be surprised how small of a fish will hit it.  I've caught fish from 0.75lb-5lb on them.  If the water is anything other than muddy I use something close to a green pumpkin color.  Here's the important part, dip the tail in chartreuse dye.  Only the round paddle tail part though.  I use a gambler Big-EZ as my trailer.  Your chatterbait needs to be the Elite model because it has a bigger hook on it for the large trailer.  The chatterbait is perfect for drawing reactions.  Anytime you get close to the hot spot where you think he's waiting to ambush it give it one or two quick twitches.  The only time I use white or chartreuse is in the shad spawn.

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I use chatterbaits were the blade attaches directly to the head vs. using a split ring. It gives off a ticking sound from the blade to head contact along with the vibration of the lure. I also use a craw or a paddle tail lure as my trailer.

 

Here is a perfect video with sound displaying the ticking sound a blade to head chatterbait makes

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Try white on white using a Rage Tail Structure Bug for the trailer.

 

 

 

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I use a 3/8oz chatter bait in white, black and blue and green pumpkin shad.

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Had one of my best days ever this spring on Z-Man Project Z 3/8 oz in Breaking Bream with a Green Pumpkin/Blue Havoc Beatshad trailer. Bass just annihilated it. went through 2 packs of trailers. Looks just like a bluegill. Hard to beat if you fish clear water and gills are one of the main forage treats for the bass. All my other brands are being sold on E-bay. $8 bucks but well worth it.

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Black/blue for muddy water in spring and bluegill or green pumpkin otherwise. I prefer crawl trailers for the action especially when slow retrieved or rip and pause. I agree that light colors are only for shad spawn. 3/8 is the most versatile but 1/2 ounce are good if you want to fish deeper or slower. This bait in b/b is killer for spawning fish as you slow retreive over or around beds. The fish hate this bait and will usually attack it faster than a lizard or other soft bait.

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Not much I can add to this topic as far as colors and weights go - everyone has suggested the 3/8 oz black/blue and green pumpkin ones that I throw most often.

 

One thing that I do when the fish aren't taking my chatterbait with a craw or small swimbait trailer is to put on a KVD perfect plastic finesse worm - that cupped tail gives it a strange and erratic action. Has caught me some big fish when the bite seems off. 

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3/8 oz is the only size (for now) that I use. Black/blue in dirty water, and a bluegill color in stained water. In clear water, I lose the blade and fish a swim jig. My favorite trailers for both (chatterbaits + swimjigs) this year have been a Yum Swimming Dinger, a Yum Thumping Dinger, a Yum Bad Jamma, or a Yum Christie Craw. My go to trailer for the past few years was a simple single tailed grub, and it's still in the rotation, but not as much as the past few years. Last year I had decent results with Havoc Grass Pigs, and Subwoofers as trailers..............but..........I like the Yum stuff better, especially on slower retrieves.....that Swimming Dinger is a winner.

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Sexy shad/chartreuse shad for muddy/stained water!  I'm a big fan of the D&M swim jigs, though I do have some of the Molix Lover and Picasso Shock Blades that I haven't used yet, that look fantastic up close.  D&M uses some beefy hooks on their vibrating jigs, especially their 1st gen Piranhas with the beast hooks.  Those things are built like tanks.

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I like the tour grade rage blades most, i throw blk/blu and anything with bluegill colors. If they ever stop producing for me i'll try other colors butt hey work well here. For trailers i like split tail from zoom in white or chartreuse and a bass assasin paddletail in

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Great info on the thread! I'll add that in my experience, the craw trailers have worked well in warmer or stained waters, while swimbait trailers have worked better for me when the water is cooler. I throw craw trailers from spawn through October in TX and swimbaits the rest of the year. If there are shad present and the water is clear I'll throw white, but I throw black/blue or GP most of the time. Rage, Christie, z-craws craws...any craw with a good kick when slow-rolling is preferable.

For swimbaits I prefer something with with a faster kick, like a Gambler EZ swimmer, swim senko or Jackall rythm wave. The action of the Keitech swing impact fat and the chatterbait seem to counter each other and I haven't had great results with them, but I'm sure some would disagree. There's my two cents.

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What rod and line are you using for these? I'm assuming the same as a spinnerbait setup?

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45 minutes ago, TBAG said:

What rod and line are you using for these? I'm assuming the same as a spinnerbait setup?

I fish them on a MH fast most of the time. The hooks on most bladed jigs are pretty beefy, so I wouldn't go any light than that. They usually knock slack in the line, like a swimbait bite, so reel down and set hard when that happens. The one exception is if I'm fishing grass, then I prefer a MH moderate/fast with a little more give. Like a lot of grass fishing techniques, they tend to hit when you hit the grass and rip it free. A faster action tends to rip it away a bit too fast and they seem to miss if more often. Sounds weird, but another angler turned me onto the slower action for grass and it works. I use 3/8 oz for water less than 6 feet deep and 1/2 oz for anything deeper. Trailers that move more water tend to make the bait ride up a little more too, so keep that in mind.

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Here's my thoughts on chatterbaits.... I know I'll get retorts and comments about this, buuuuut.

 

I don't like them. I've gotten them in several different colors, used different trailers, and never gotten so much as a nibble off of one, using different retrieves and speeds. I like how the thump like a crankbait and all... they feel really cool to fish. However, crankbait has been more effective for me. Maybe it's my waterways, or maybe it's just that I can't fish it right. But I hear of others using them with success in the same waterways I fish. They just do not work for me and they've gone into the "retired" tackle box as of now cause they just do not work (for me).

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14 hours ago, TBAG said:

What rod and line are you using for these? I'm assuming the same as a spinnerbait setup?

I fish mine on a 6' 9" H/F rod with a 6.2 reel and 17lb Pline CX, pretty similar to a spinnerbait rod. 

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58 minutes ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I fish mine on a 6' 9" H/F rod with a 6.2 reel and 17lb Pline CX, pretty similar to a spinnerbait rod. 

Same. I threw mine on a few different MH combos until I tried my 7'6" H/F jig rod with 15lb YZH. I feel like I have the control that I'm supposed to over the chatterbait. 

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17 hours ago, TBAG said:

What rod and line are you using for these? I'm assuming the same as a spinnerbait setup?

7' heavy, 7.1 reel, 17lb fluorocarbon. Also throw Spinner baits on this set up

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