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Different 'Types' of Chatterbaits

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Despite being in its infancy as a bass lure, relatively speaking, the vibrating jig is already seeing changes that seem to inevitably happen to many baits already on the market.  The first & perhaps most widely known model of ‘Chatterbait’, as it’s most commonly called, made quite a splash on the bass fishing market.   It wasn’t long before the rest of the world jumped on the band wagon by producing & launching their own version of this most effective bait.   There were some design ‘problems’ with a few of those first baits that saw them failing.  Most notably, how & where the blade attached to the jig seemed to be a bit of a weak point, depending on the design.   Before long, it was addressed and has been resolved for the most part by most all manufactures that offer them.   

 

   When taking a close look at the many baits being offered, there are slight difference in design noted.  Now if & even how these differences, which I’ll note here in a bit, can or do change the effectiveness of these baits one way or the other, I cannot say as I’ve not fished them all.  But I think that because the companies do not mention the differences, and continue to lump them all under the same designation, it’s worth a look.

      

 So it appears that there are at least 5 or 6 types of baits designs.   To be clear, these differences are all kind of minor I guess and revolve around either the type & connection point of the blade and / or the hook.    

 

First is the original style bait where the blade is connected directly to the jig.58d2e33b9e26a_Chatterorig1.thumb.jpg.f8b12ea3b5f24ef21f48996546b6454a.jpg

 

 

Next are the baits that use one (or more) split rings between the blade & the jighead. 58d2e36c4be0f_chattersplitring2.thumb.jpg.8aa3884caddb379a104ea01b1855bfb0.jpg

 

 

This bait features a unique head & blade design where instead of having the head molded onto the hook like most jigs, the weighted head is actually molded onto the blade.58d2e3959140f_chatterrage3.thumb.jpg.f7c99d02c0c39880247ea78ab5fad01c.jpg

 

 

This one sees the blade connected directly to the hook but incorporates a unique free swinging, twisted hook attachment that enables anglers to swap-out hooks pretty easily allowing for almost any hook & trailer option one could come up with. 58d2e3b81f600_chatterfreedom4.thumb.jpg.711a21addb3b6ba9a8e0f864f4175eb1.jpg

 

 

With a different take on the whole deal, the Molix Lover Skirted Jig is constructed from high performance ABS grade materials and sports a reverse shovel lip which is advertised to create an uncanny swimming action. 58d2e4078aeab_chatterconnected5.thumb.jpg.c65f404b3f279be1fb80809b1b881c4b.jpg

 

Finally this model from O.P.S. (Japan) uses a somewhat uniquely shaped “blade”.  It’s constructed of a transparent reinforced plastic that’s attached directly to the jighead. 

I am particularly intrigued by this one and have a few on hand to fish this season. 58d2e424cae97_chatterclear6.jpg.9348205acd291d1a1c45dd9c72df6526.jpg

 

 

** Disclaimer** There are some baits that companies are throwing into the vibrating jig pool where there is NO Blade attached but instead a ‘spinner’ is incorporated into the mix; positioned either in front, in back, above the bait and even below it.  Although I haven’t fished any of these (and I probably never will) the absence of a blade makes it hard for me to include these in the vibrating jig category, mostly because they don’t vibrate.  Seems more a like a candidate for the modified swim jig group.

 

So when you think of a “Chatterbait” which one do you think of ?  Or better yet, what type are you having the most success with & why ?

 

A-Jay

                                                                                                                    

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i always throw the zman chatterbait with good success. sometimes taking off the skirt and using just a small swimbait

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I've had too many Q.C. problems with the Original Chatterbaits. Even though I understand they have improved, I still have a bad taste in my mouth. As a result, I started looking for smaller, local to me businesses that I like to support. The Finch Nasty Thumper has been my bait of choice.

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I use the original style chatterbait.  But only because I bought many of them when they first came out and I still have a bunch. 

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I prefer the Karu Lures Vibrashock,  I love the action and the noise as the blades hits the football jig head.  After a lot of use, the paint is beaten off the jibhead and the spots look like big eyes...   The even have a version with a blade attached to a spinner bait called the vibraspin.

 

Dug

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I only have zman original chatterbait, the hook is not so good get rusted very easily. Also the jig connect to blade is not very secure, I lost a while jig from practicing skipping.

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I'll stick with the zman brand. The upgraded versions are very nice from the original. I still use the original chatterbait if fishing very stumpy areas as the hook bends out fairly easy. I have some dm piranhas but chatterbait custom from tw is my favorite. 

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I have the original Chatterbait and improved versions; Fogy from Siebert Outdoors; Wobble

Head from Bluebasser86 and the Rage Blade. Although I experiment with a number of trailers,

the Structure Bug has become my favorite. All of these brands have performed nicely for me,

but if I had to choose just one, I think the Rage Blade performs best at slow speeds, fished just

off the bottom.

 

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Pretty much use my own...I'm addicted.  But still think I have lost too many good fish on them.

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Zman freedom for me.

 

The thing can get through some nasty cover i just wish they made a 1/4oz version.  The 3/8 plus hook plus skirt plus trailer is easily 1/2oz if not 5/8

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I have mostly used the z man baits but have recently picked up some rage blades. I only got to throw them for a little over an hour but I really like the action so far. Now I just have to stick a fish with one...

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I don't have a ton of experience, but I did dedicate a lot of hours to bladed jigs last year.  I haven't tried OPM, Freedom or Molix styles.  As to the more 'traditional' vs Rage styles, I use them both.  I use @Bluebasser86's 'traditional' bladed jigs exclusively over zman, fogy, and others I tried.  He makes a great lure that vibrates well at slow speeds and maintains great profile at fast retrieves, as well.  I find the Rage blade style lures are a little better, however, when I want the action on the drop more-so than on the retrieve.  They worked well on deeper fish when I fished it almost like a jigging spoon....but chattering all the way straight (or pendulum-ing) down; and then hopping or ripping it back.

 

BTW, that Molix in the OP reminds me more of a scrounger than a chatterbait....maybe because the blade is 'fixed', but if I felt the need to categorize it one way or another, I think I'd lean towards scrounger-type.

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Without naming names to avoid a cease and desist, there's a chatterbait out there with a HUGE blade (like an elongated ping pong ball) that results in a crazy thump on a slow retrieve.  Custom chatterbaits are all over, but the basic design is innovative so big props to whoever first came up with the design.

 

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I still prefer how the original z-man chatterbait swims. I've tried an alternative that had a crazy amount of movement, probably the one blckshirt98 mentioned, and felt it didn't swim as well and it actually exhausted my wrists reeling it in. I end up fishing it as a regular jig in dirty waters rather than a swim jig.

 

The original chatterbait has been the best moving bait for me in Florida, probably due to crankbaits effectively being unusable in many lakes due to vegetation. And for whatever reason, chatterbaits seem to be more useful than spinnerbaits. A lot of people say you need to fish the chatterbait slow, but I get a ton of hits when I burn it. I usually slow retrieve, but add in burns to hopefully cause a reaction.

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I get more bites with the original, and modify them to minimize its well documented shortcomings. I think the direct connection between the blade and jig makes a difference, and all the other companies approaches are for legal, not fishing reasons.

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i love fishing the bladed jig but only use 4 variants it

  • siebert outdoors fogy
  • bluebasser86 wobble head
  • z-man project z
  • strike king rage blade

for me it depends on the cover and speed i'm fishing, if there is a lot of timber i am going to fish the rage blade because it comes up over brush better. if i am fishing grass with hard bottom i fish the fogy. if i am fishing any other grass it is the wobble head or the project z depending on what weight i want.

 

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I can attest to that strike king "rage" worked great in lake fork. solid red for down there 

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