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Just got into chatterbaits, trying to figure out which trailer would be best. I love keitechs, but the price and durability kinda aggravated me. I have not used craws yet but have bought several to use for chatterbaits this spring. Using some Christie critters, chigger craws as well. I love miyagi swimmers by beast coast. Durable as all get out but they seem to be very far past the hook and I worry that they will be short struck often. Bulky profile and small, just wondering what worked best for you guys specifically 

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I've found that when they're on a good chatterbait bite, the trailer usually doesn't matter too much. Craws, double tail fat alberts, or any swimbait around 3.5-4" is usually a good bet. 

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I really like a plain old Zoom Super Fluke as a chatterbait trailer, easy to find and comes in tons of colors. The Zako is nice too, but a little more expensive

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It’s fun as hell when they are, I just have so many craws that I gotta put them to use. Always read that to much action on the trailer takes away from the action of the cb itself which made me apprehensive 

1 minute ago, evilcatfish said:

I really like a plain old Zoom Super Fluke as a chatterbait trailer, easy to find and comes in tons of colors. The Zako is nice too, but a little more expensive

The zako is what the general consensus seems to be and they are insanely expensive compared to the fluke which has multiple more per pack. Put the bulk of my flukes to use

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While every once in a while I throw in a wild card bait for fun, my vibrating jig trailers have been narrowed down to three.

SK Rage Bug.

Yamamoto 4" Zako Swimbait

5 inch Yamamoto Swim Senko

 

If they're not eating one of these, it's not the trailers fault. 

:smiley:

A-Jay

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51 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

While every once in a while I throw in a wild card bait for fun, however my vibrating jig trailers have been narrowed down to three.

SK Rage Bug.

Yamamoto 4" Zako Swimbait

5 inch Yamamoto Swim Senko

 

If they're not eating one of these, it's not the trailers fault. 

:smiley:

A-Jay

Quick question, do you rig your rage bug like a Texas rig or out the side?

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Lake Fork Tackle Live Magic Shad 😉

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12 minutes ago, Dwbassin said:

Quick question, do you rig your rage bug like a Texas rig or out the side?

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A-Jay

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I like to use a fluke or a super chunk when the water is cool, and a fat albert when the water warms up.

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Zako

Rage Bug

Single tail grub

 

 

 

 

Mike

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Grass pig junior mostly.

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44 minutes ago, Team9nine said:

Zoom Horny toad B) Shhh...

Never use a horny toad on a football jig either. Doesn't work

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 Strike King Blade Minnow. Similar to the Yamamoto Zako, but more affordable.

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2 hours ago, Team9nine said:

Zoom Horny toad B) Shhh...

 

I've used a Stanley Ribbit as a jig trailer many times 😉

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Zoom Paddletail Fluke Jr. Pretty much all I use on chatterbaits. It’s my number one big bass bait year round. 

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Z man razor shadz.

Z Man Razor Shadz

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Pit boss, Rage Menace, 3.5-5" paddletail are my main ones. 

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I use 2.5 inch paddletails 90% of the time, the other times I use a Menace Grub.

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Rage Tail Structure Bug

 

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Yamamoto zako 95% of the time 

Rage bug or craw the other 5%

 

I really don’t think the exact type of trailer matters all that much. They all work.

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47 minutes ago, Dens228 said:

I use 2.5 inch paddletails 90% of the time

Are you trimming your skirts down with that small of a bait?

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16 hours ago, Dwbassin said:

Just got into chatterbaits, trying to figure out which trailer would be best. I love keitechs, but the price and durability kinda aggravated me. I have not used craws yet but have bought several to use for chatterbaits this spring. Using some Christie critters, chigger craws as well. I love miyagi swimmers by beast coast. Durable as all get out but they seem to be very far past the hook and I worry that they will be short struck often. Bulky profile and small, just wondering what worked best for you guys specifically 

I use the Googan baits Krackin craw rigged sideways, grn pumpkin of black and blue with a little dye on the end, it looks insanely close to a small bluegill. most any craw will work but the Krackin craw doesnt over work the bait its a side to side kinda shimmy that works really well.

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1 hour ago, fishballer06 said:

Are you trimming your skirts down with that small of a bait?

No, And I just checked, they are 2.75 inches.  I just add them to give a bit more action. Plus I think a little action towards the hook can only help. I only use 3/8 oz chatterbaits.

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