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Why are bladed Jigs like a Chatterbait so popular compared to Inline Spinnerbaits?

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I am curious to hear what other's think about the difference of these 2 lures and why they prefer one or the other. "Chatterbait" vs. Inline spinnerbait like the Snagless Sally ($8-weedless/swings etc.)  or Terminator Inline?  Both companies make versions with skirts, free swing, completely weedless with texas rigged softbaits, all sizes & blade size, color etc.

I get that a vibrating Jig has a different vibration, Flash, and is marketed as a Crankbait/Spinnebait/Jig, and I assume many people fish these lures in stained water, slow, looking to deflect from cover, or slow roll along bottom or top. The trailers most use seem to be Flukes (Erratic action) Paddle Tails (More Thump) Twister tails and the simple twin tail trailer. Other popular trailers are the Lake Fork Magic Shad, Rage Menace, and really any soft bait. The length and type of soft bait on a Bladed Jig alter the action in a big way which is why Z-man has made Chattersticks to Chatter Frogs, Flash back shads etc.

Why is it you never hear about anyone fishing a custom version or even the original Snagless Sally Inline Spinnerbait w/ wire weedguards for bottom strolling, or covering hooks through weeds. The Terminator is nice because you can slide the body and change the treble hook for a single worm hook etc. The 1/2 ounce Terminator Inline has a #4 Colorodo or Indiana blade which provides Vibration, Thump, Flash, all the options of a Bladed Jig, only it is more weedless, fouls less, and for some reason it seems like nobody uses these lures? Is it because it looks like a "Spinner" and that is not in the Magazines?

Is the bladed Jig popular because companies are pushing it, Pro's throw it, All companies are making them, and I can't help but notice, the attachments are moving higher and higher making them Inline Spinnerbaits due to the inability to attach to the blade because of the Z-man Patent.

Why do you choose the Bladed Jig over an Inline Spinnerbait? 

I choose to use bladed Jigs because they are new, I see them in magazines, and I am a sucker for new lures. I will also admit they catch Fish, but have drawbacks. I am not sure that an Inline Spinnerbait is not a better choice on many days, or maybe all days? I would love to hear opinions on this because maybe I am missing something obvious.

Since Worden's, Hildebrandt, Blue Fox, Terminator etc. never advertise in Bass Magazines, sold in "Tackle Shops" or sponser any pro's, is it simply just another "Phase" we are in. How many guys throw Sluggo's these days even though they still work as well as always if not better.

Thanks for you input.

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Well, as much as I love chatterbaits in the stained river waters up here. A Mepps #5 in HFT-Y (Hot FireTiger with Yellow Skirt) has won me a few local pub tournaments hands down. I've caught crappie, bass in crazy numbers, and even muskies on this one bait. I think people perceive inline spinners as a joke compared to hairpin style. When's the last time anyone you saw on tv bass fishing was using a inine spinner? When reality, I love inline spinners bulging them under the surface over weedbeds. Smalies hammer them. I think its just another part of this fishing market scheme. Companies just want you to buy their stuff and if it means showing a pic of KVD holding a rage blade, you're darn right people will buy it! Seriously though, inline spinners catch fish.

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16 minutes ago, The Young Gun said:

Well, as much as I love chatterbaits in the stained river waters up here. A Mepps #5 in HFT-Y (Hot FireTiger with Yellow Skirt) has won me a few local pub tournaments hands down. I've caught crappie, bass in crazy numbers, and even muskies on this one bait. I think people perceive inline spinners as a joke compared to hairpin style. When's the last time anyone you saw on tv bass fishing was using a inine spinner? When reality, I love inline spinners bulging them under the surface over weedbeds. Smalies hammer them. I think its just another part of this fishing market scheme. Companies just want you to buy their stuff and if it means showing a pic of KVD holding a rage blade, you're darn right people will buy it! Seriously though, inline spinners catch fish.

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I have a few of the meps black furys in #4 and couple of aglias I used to love them but now I don't really throw them so much?

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I fish a lot of stained water where the strong vibration of the bladed jig helps the fish hone in on them. Never have done very well with the Snagless Sally, but a #3 Mepp's is a bait I throw when I don't care what I catch, just want to catch something. 

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my mistake they are #3s I've given a a few away over the years I've hung on to these but they don't see much action anymore.

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I think we get caught up in the "latest & greatest, would (insert name of professional bass angler here) use this lure, that is just not a bass lure" mindset. I do it and after reading the many articles on this forum so do a lot of people. The old style lures still work but they don't attract anglers as much as the new lures. The adage "Most lures catch more fisherman than fish" is true.

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I love the snagless sallies.  Awesome bait for me because I can hit just about any depth with it.  Big fields of submerged hydrilla etc. you can burn it over the top and not worry about the weeds.  You can also slow roll it along the bottom pretty effectively with the right trailer, and they have lasted a long time.  I don't think I've ever lost one.  

 

The big rooster tails and meps are classic baits for a reason.  They just catch fish across all species.  Also the larger of the Jim's Flies spinners are sweet too.  Very sticky hooks and lots of nice colors.  

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8 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I fish a lot of stained water where the strong vibration of the bladed jig helps the fish hone in on them. Never have done very well with the Snagless Sally, but a #3 Mepp's is a bait I throw when I don't care what I catch, just want to catch something. 

This is how I feel about the Mepps Comet Mino.  When I'm getting skunked, I tie this on.  I will catch fish.  Why do I wait to use this lure?  I have no idea.  I've caught everything from Sunnies to 3-4 lb LMBs on one and I always have 2 or 3 in my box somewhere

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Thanks for all the replies. I am guilty as anyone (Probably More guilty for buying the latest and greatest and forgetting about certain lures) I just wonder does a bladed Jig say a 1/2 ounce chatterbait with a Diezel Minnow put out more thump or vibration than the same 1/2 ounce Inline Spinnerbait with a 3/0 Free swinging Worm hook rigged with the same Diezel Minnow?

I am starting to think that both baits really are very similar. I feel like the 1/2 Inline with a Paddle Tail has more vibration, flash, and comes through cover easier, but for some reason I still think a Bladed Swim Jig Catches Bigger Fish, but I am not sure if that is true or something I have imagined. 

I forget about the Mepp's Spinners. I used one a couple of years ago on a tough day when my friend was catching fish at a consistent clip and I was struggling, it was a nice one that had a floating body kind of like the Comet Minnow, detail, and it came through weeds really well. It is in the Mepps catalog and when I went to purchase a few I could not spend the $13.99 for a small one. I have heard more than one person tell me that if you are in the back of the boat in a tournament, and you need a limit, a #1 Mepps Aglia or Black Fury will get 5 fish in the boat more times than not. 

When I was a young kid and first found out a local pond had Bass in it and was also stocked with Trout, I took my Ugly Stick down to that Pond and fished it for years with small Panther Martin & other spinners, and I used to catch fish of all sizes and looking back I think  I fell victim to spinners being a "Rookie" lure or "Trout" Lure. 

Amazing how effective a good marketing campaign can be. 

I always wondered, how is is that a company like Mepp's who is considered the Rapala of lures for all Freshwater Gamefish besides Bass, has never been able to get a share of the Spinnerbait market? You would think they would have a bunch of Long Arm spinnerbaits. Odd. 

It seems almost everyone owns a Black Fury, that is a great lure when you want to have fun in a place full of Crappie, Bass, Perch etc...

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10 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

I fish a lot of stained water where the strong vibration of the bladed jig helps the fish hone in on them. Never have done very well with the Snagless Sally, but a #3 Mepp's is a bait I throw when I don't care what I catch, just want to catch something. 

I know you are really good with the bladed Jig and understand them well. Do you feel a 1/2 oz bladed jig catches bigger fish than the same size 1/2 ounce inline Spinnerbait with say the same Trailer and hook. Lets just say a Diezel Minnow behind a #4 Colorodo blade?

I have been thinking bladed Jigs get bigger Fish and have been under that impression for a few years. Obviously it is impossible to generalize, but then again I think it is hard to argue that a Jig does not produce better fish than a Plastic worm on most days. I wonder if Fish see a Bladed Jig in a similar way? I also think the angler casting the lure has alot to do with results. Catching Fish on Vibrating Jigs is not as easy as casting and reeling, at least for me. I still feel I am a novice when I fish one.

Thanks for your input. I have landed some nice Bass on the Jigs you make. I love the Jig head you use on your bladed jigs, it only requires 1 ring, and comes through grass really well. That design is one of the best I have used if not the best. You pour those yourself right? I have never seen that available in bulk. Good Job with that design, it is a good design with a great hook.

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Ah!  I said Jim's flies but I meant Joe's Flies.  If you aren't aware of them, they're REALLY nice inlines with cool fly-style feathering.  I have a whole bunch in my pocket river kit and they are great.  

 

Just an example:

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7 hours ago, primetime said:

I know you are really good with the bladed Jig and understand them well. Do you feel a 1/2 oz bladed jig catches bigger fish than the same size 1/2 ounce inline Spinnerbait with say the same Trailer and hook. Lets just say a Diezel Minnow behind a #4 Colorodo blade?

I have been thinking bladed Jigs get bigger Fish and have been under that impression for a few years. Obviously it is impossible to generalize, but then again I think it is hard to argue that a Jig does not produce better fish than a Plastic worm on most days. I wonder if Fish see a Bladed Jig in a similar way? I also think the angler casting the lure has alot to do with results. Catching Fish on Vibrating Jigs is not as easy as casting and reeling, at least for me. I still feel I am a novice when I fish one.

Thanks for your input. I have landed some nice Bass on the Jigs you make. I love the Jig head you use on your bladed jigs, it only requires 1 ring, and comes through grass really well. That design is one of the best I have used if not the best. You pour those yourself right? I have never seen that available in bulk. Good Job with that design, it is a good design with a great hook.

Yes, I feel like they catch much larger fish. I think the bigger profile and vibration makes it a bigger, more appealing meal to the biggest fish.

I pour, paint, and wire tie all my homemade baits.

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It makes me think of the under spin an old classic style lure that wasn't really one of those popular latest greatest lures until Casey won the classic on one and now there back and all the craze. This could also be seen maybe some time in the future with the in line spinner I'm sure it still has its place with some tournament anglers out there some where? And then it will be the next great newest innovative bait on the market, like they never exist beforehand.

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