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What’s the difference, is it worth the price tag for the jack hammer? I’ve seen them at stores and really don’t see much of a difference between the original and jackhammer.

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I do quite well with the original but some will say you can't catch a single fish unless ya throwing the Jackhammer!

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The components on the Jackhammer are just way better quality.  Much better hook, double wire trailer keeper, nice painted blade, etc.  I finally bit the bullet and picked a couple up during TW's black friday sale.  Haven't thrown them yet, but they're definitely nice.  Worth $15?....Eh, we'll see.  I'm skeptical.  I like the Chatterbait Elites just fine at $6.

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I agree with @RichF

The quality of the bait is very good.

What I like about it is; the strength of the stainless steel blade, the Gamakatsu 4/0 BMF heavy wire Flippin Hook, the effective top /bottom double wire trailer keeper, the durable hand-tied skirt and finally the high-quality Decoy Egg Snap.  I can't say if it's The Best, as I haven't fished them all.

While clearly not the magic bait it may be advertised as, I can say that when fished in the right place, at the right time, in the right way, The Jack Hammer catches fish for me. 

Whether 'it's worth the price' - may be a personal choice.

Before I fished them - I thought perhaps not.

After last season fishing them - I say yes it is.

YMMV

 

And for a little added incentive - here's a little action on the Jackhammer from last October.

:smiley:

A-Jay 

 

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I tried a bunch of the cheaper models from different brands and their builds are just inconsistent. Two identical baits and one will run better than the other. After buying a jackhammer I won’t go back. 

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4 hours ago, GReb said:

After buying a jackhammer I won’t go back. 

Part of the reason I won't buy one, at least not until I can afford to be replacing 17 dollar chatterbaits when toothy critters inevitably steal them. 

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I have one (1) sparkling-new Jackhammer ready to go the moment I am able, and I intend to arrive at an answer to this exact question.  I just need open water first.

 

 

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Consistency and quality of Jackhammer make it really close to "worth it ".  The head shape I feel helps keep the bait down better than regular chatterbaits.  The out of the package "hunt" is really nice to. 

The first time you break one off on a cast and it soars across the sky is quite a feeling though.

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12 hours ago, MassYak85 said:

Part of the reason I won't buy one, at least not until I can afford to be replacing 17 dollar chatterbaits when toothy critters inevitably steal them. 

I stocked up on TW Black Friday sale. Should be good for the season with the amount I bought. 

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My first and only fish on a chatterbait was this past Thursday on a jackhammer. 15 minutes later I snagged it on something and broke it off. Throwing them while being a bank fisherman is dangerous.....and even more dangerous when it’s unfamiliar waters. 

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8 minutes ago, bigjean663 said:

My first and only fish on a chatterbait was this past Thursday on a jackhammer. 15 minutes later I snagged it on something and broke it off. Throwing them while being a bank fisherman is dangerous.....and even more dangerous when it’s unfamiliar waters. 

Well, you can honestly say you caught a $17 bass, I suppose.

 

Sounds like a nice lure to me and I am betting that its price will decline over time. Jackhammers will ultimately sell at a price that optimizes profits for the company. 

 

But, the Z-Man Freedom Chatterbait is the one that really interests me. At about half the price of a Jack Hammer, it has that very cool free-swinging jig head, this and it allows anglers to attach any size and/or design of hook to it. So, one could rig up something weedless, or open hook, a longer shaft hook, wide gap or other, etc. Any attached plastic will swing free, too. 

 

Brad

Z_man Freedom Chatterbait.jpg

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2 hours ago, Brad Reid said:

Well, you can honestly say you caught a $17 bass, I suppose.

 

Sounds like a nice lure to me and I am betting that its price will decline over time. Jackhammers will ultimately sell at a price that optimizes profits for the company. 

 

But, the Z-Man Freedom Chatterbait is the one that really interests me. At about half the price of a Jack Hammer, it has that very cool free-swinging jig head, this and it allows anglers to attach any size and/or design of hook to it. So, one could rig up something weedless, or open hook, a longer shaft hook, wide gap or other, etc. Any attached plastic will swing free, too. 

 

Brad

Z_man Freedom Chatterbait.jpg

With the free swinging head, would that make the body have a more subtle wiggle?

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51 minutes ago, HeyCoach said:

With the free swinging head, would that make the body have a more subtle wiggle?

Yes.

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6 hours ago, HeyCoach said:

With the free swinging head, would that make the body have a more subtle wiggle?

Agreed with webertime. I have some Freedom Jig Heads of various sorts, a few other items from the company including a spinnerbait. I haven't had them long enough to use anything but the swimming jig head but it works really well. I plan to try this version of a chatterbait, will likely get one with my next order.

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11 hours ago, webertime said:

Consistency and quality of Jackhammer make it really close to "worth it ".  The head shape I feel helps keep the bait down better than regular chatterbaits.  The out of the package "hunt" is really nice to. 

The first time you break one off on a cast and it soars across the sky is quite a feeling though.

Or when a 40" Pike chases it down boat side faster than you can reel it away from him. I have actually had them leap out of the water to grab it as I pull it away.

 

To the Op's question....yes they are worth it, but don't think they are the only bladed jig you need. I use a few different one's in my rotation for different situations.

 

For example:

 

Jackhammer = best all around bait for me

 

Project Z = best "pressured fish" and clear water bait for me....the head DOES NOT clack on the blade...think of the Jack hammer/Project Z combo as rattling vs. silent shallow crankbait.

 

Picasso Shock Blade Tungsten Knocker = best deep water bait for me. I have tried the heavier Jackhammers, and Project Z's and the Shock blade trumps them both in deep water.

 

Chatterbait freedom = best at coming through wood and docks for me.

 

And lastly the Chatterbait custom = poor mans Jackhammer. It's a good all around bait, and a nice step up from the "regular/original" Chatterbait without costing an arm and a leg.

 

I used to make my own, and still do assemble a few each season, but since I have not been able to get direct attach to the blade heads anymore, I just buy them now.

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I like any of the ZMan chaters with the 5/0 hook.  Lovin' that big hook.

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I have had more luck on the original and the z man project z than the jackhammer but I broke off the white and chartreuse jack hammer after catching 4 fish on it. The monkey strikes again. 

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Jackhammer is one of, if not THE best, Chatterbait ever created imo. No Chatterbait should be worth $15... but that didn’t stop me from buying a few 😂

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Picasso Shock blade chatterbaits.  Absolute fantastic chatterbaits.   They are a superior chatterbait than the z man classics, and Ive gotten bit and ive had far more bites on the Picasso's than even the Z man project z chatterbaits, and I like the project z as the blades vibrates much more than on the classic.  I have personally never used the Jackhammer though

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21 minutes ago, diversity210 said:

Picasso Shock blade chatterbaits.  Absolute fantastic chatterbaits.   They are a superior chatterbait than the z man classics, and Ive gotten bit and ive had far more bites on the Picasso's than even the Z man project z chatterbaits, and I like the project z as the blades vibrates much more than on the classic.  I have personally never used the Jackhammer though

That's good to hear since I just bought a couple of Picasso's last week.

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On ‎3‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 2:53 PM, A-Jay said:

Whether 'it's worth the price' - may be a personal choice.

The hook upgrade alone makes it worth it IMO @ratherbfishin1. Can you catch fish using the original? Sure you can, but as @A-Jay mentioned, it comes down to personal choice. If you want premium/quality tackle, you will pay to play. The next Memorial Day sale at TW is right around the corner.

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I've caught a lot of fish on the Jackhammer. As mentioned by quite a few, it is a quality bait. That being said, I was introduced to the Finch Nasty Glade Blade recently (a weedless bladed jig).  Sweet Baby Jesus - what a bait at 1/2 the JH price. I see a few of the pros are using it now also.

 

https://finchnastybaitco.com/products/glade-blade

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14 hours ago, 1201vilbig said:

I've caught a lot of fish on the Jackhammer. As mentioned by quite a few, it is a quality bait. That being said, I was introduced to the Finch Nasty Glade Blade recently (a weedless bladed jig).  Sweet Baby Jesus - what a bait at 1/2 the JH price. I see a few of the pros are using it now also.

 

https://finchnastybaitco.com/products/glade-blade

How well do these stay down in water column or do they tend to rise up on retrieve?  

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I've fished a few but can't justify the price point. They hang up just as easily as the original chatterbait too. I will not buy the original. They climb too high in the water column, rust easily, and don't chatter well on initial start up. I found a retired fella from Table Rock Lake and get excellent ones for 3.99 each and fish better than ones three times the price.

 

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I’m a believer, found some on sale for $12 and picked up a few. Not sure what the deal is but I can’t keep the fish off of these things. Had a buddy who fishes the customs and thought I was crazy for paying for the jack hammers.... maybe he’s right but I certainly won’t throw anything else now that I have the confidence I have.

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