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Do you think that having no trailers help your bladed swim baits look more finesse, and catch more bass? Thanks.

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No I don't. I always use trailers on bladed jigs. If you want to know which ones do a quick search. There have been many topics about this in the last week 

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i always have a trailer on a chatterbait if i want more of a finesse presentation i will choose a trailer with very subtle action or use a swimjig

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I've never thrown a bladed jig without some sort of trailer. The trailer is more important to me than the jig itself (to include color sometimes). 

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I always use a trailer as well, usually a single tail grub.  If I wanted a more subtle presentation I would probably use something like a fluke.

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5 hours ago, Anantha Patel said:

Do you think that having no trailers help your bladed swim baits look more finesse, and catch more bass? Thanks.

Uhhhhh ....... No.

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Trailer 100% of the time and never a trailer hook.

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Always

 

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Always. I tried a Rage Chunk on one last week, and let me tell you it's a very interesting look when cranked.

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10 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Trailer 100% of the time and never a trailer hook.

Agreed 100%.

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On 5/26/2016 at 4:09 PM, Anantha Patel said:

Do you think that having no trailers help your bladed swim baits look more finesse, and catch more bass? Thanks.

So it appears most; relatively speaking anyways, prefer a trailer 100% of the time. Now, will you catch bass without one, sure. However, I don't think a single person would say the chances decrease by using a trailer. It's quite the opposite. Like I stated, the trailer is the most important part of a bladed jig for me (most of the time). 

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I feel like this has been settled!  Thread hi-jack:

What about spinnerbaits?  I would consider a spinnerbait a confidence lure for me, yet I rarely use a trailer (or trailer hook).  I usually go with a longer skirt, or one that has the long strands down the middle, and call it good.

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I generally use the little double tail grub that comes with the basic Zman Chatterbaits. Or the small Keitech Fats. If I really want to beef it up I'll use a bigger paddletail swimbait. 

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7 hours ago, flyingmonkie said:

I feel like this has been settled!  Thread hi-jack:

What about spinnerbaits?  I would consider a spinnerbait a confidence lure for me, yet I rarely use a trailer (or trailer hook).  I usually go with a longer skirt, or one that has the long strands down the middle, and call it good.

I've actually never thrown a spinnerbait with a trailer...

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Night is Right.jpg

My Go-To Night Operations Bait.

It's all about the blade & the Trailer.

A-Jay

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Always.

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I use a keitech swimbait trailer on my chatter baits...Works really well for me.

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I always use a trailer on a chatterbait. I also have a spinnerbait tied on with out a trailer and one with one when I am fishing. During summertime slow rolling one along the bottom can have its results believe me. Sometimes they prefer a larger bulkier look so I rig a trailer other times they dont so I put a trailer hook on and no trailer. I let the fish decide

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So, everyone here always uses a trailer with a chatterbait, as do I. On the other hand, a spinnerbait is generally fished without a trailer. Clearly a spinnerbait and a chatterbait are similar in many ways. So the original question is a good one. In fact, nobody here has admitted that they have fished one without a trailer. So the question remains whether people use a trailer because it is customary or because it is truly and always better. I think Anantha Patel ought to stay open minded and fish it both ways, every other cast, and let us know which way is more productive.

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On Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 3:09 PM, Anantha Patel said:

Do you think that having no trailers help your bladed swim baits look more finesse, and catch more bass? Thanks.

I tend to use trailers, and several different types depending on multiple factors. But there have been a few times when I ran out of a particular trailer and threw it without a trailer and still caught fish. Lol

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TBH i've never thought of a chatterbait as a "finesse" presentation, as the thump of the blade is what really sets it apart from say a normal swim jig.  I can see maybe slowing it down to reduce the vibration of the blade, but generally speaking if you're looking for a more subtle approach a swim jig with a trailer with/without rattles might be a better option.

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