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Spinnerbait vs. Chatterbait

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I seem to do better with a spinnerbait in the fall and a Chatterbait in the spring. I was throwing a Chatterbait this morning and nothing. When I changed to a spinnerbait I started hitting them pretty good. Just to see if it was the area I was fishing I threw the Chatterbait again and nothing. Not sure why but it's the spinnerbait for me in the fall. Anyone else experience this? 

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I'll throw a chatterbait in muddier/choppier water. If I'm fishing with someone else, I'll never through what they're throwing.

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I'll start off by saying I never throw a chatterbait. I would venture to say though, it likely has something to do with vibration vs. flash. With me, it's a Colorado spinnerbait in the spring and a willow in the fall. Same thing happens with cranks. Orange belly in the spring and white or chartruse in the fall.Don't know why and I really don't care to. 

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A bladed jig far outproduces a spinnerbait for me throughout the year. I caught most of my fish last Thursday on a bladed jig, while a spinnerbait never produced a sniff. It was an overcast, windy day that should have been perfect spinnerbait weather, but they just ignored it. Bladed jigs also tend to produce larger fish than spinnerbaits for me. Anymore, the only time I reach for a spinnerbait is in cover too heavy for a bladed jig, in clear water, or if I'm targeting mainly smallies and/or spots.

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I'm a spinnerbait guy, my favorite bait by far! That said, for me the chatterbait has taken over the situations I'd normally throw a single Colorado bladed spinnerbait, and that is in dark or dirty water situations. The spinnerbait is just as versatile but there are times the chatterbait works better and at times a spinnerbait will be tough to beat, the only true way to tell is to try each and see what the fish prefer. If the fish are keyed on baitfish like shiners or shad, then a spinnerbait with a lot of flash will be the better choice, but as Bluebasser86 pointed out, days that seem perfect for a spinnerbait can be better suited for a chatterbait, it just depends what the fish want, for me I go spinnerbait first, chatterbait second but it really comes down to trial and error.

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