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Spinnerbait - Swim Jig - Chatter Type Bait

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Just curious as to what makes you fish one over the other? I tend to start out with a spinnerbait. I always like to see if the fish are active first, before settling down to a slower, more finesse type presentation - bottom bait fishing. I'll go from a spinnerbait to a swim jig for moving and covering water. The swim jig can at least be used as a grass/casting jig for slower presentations. I admittedly haven't jumped on the chatter type bait craze, although I think I need to.

 

So if you do fish all 3 baits are there certain conditions or shall I say, more preferable conditions you like to fish one over the other? Would love to get your feedback. I'm always looking to dial in my lure choices.

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There are literally dozens more....but this should get you started

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1 hour ago, Choporoz said:

There are literally dozens more....but this should get you started

Thanks.

Oh, congrats on your new position with the site

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13 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

Thanks.

Oh, congrats on you new position with the site

Did I miss something here??

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I tend to use spinnerbaits only when the water is warmer and it's cloudy and windy but spinnerbaits are also NOT my confidence bait. 

 

I prefer chatterbaits in those same conditions as I have more confidence in them. 

I use swim jigs the most though, especially when I get tired of pulling weeds/grass off my chatterbait.


In ultra clear water with little or no wind I always go with a natural colored swim jig though.  If it's sunny a paddletail with metal flake in it, if it's not then no metal flake in it. 

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1 hour ago, Dens228 said:

I tend to use spinnerbaits only when the water is warmer and it's cloudy and windy but spinnerbaits are also NOT my confidence bait. 

 

I prefer chatterbaits in those same conditions as I have more confidence in them. 

I use swim jigs the most though, especially when I get tired of pulling weeds/grass off my chatterbait.


In ultra clear water with little or no wind I always go with a natural colored swim jig though.  If it's sunny a paddletail with metal flake in it, if it's not then no metal flake in it. 

Thank you, this is great info. Sounds like the chatter type bait is a weed magnate and I fish a lot of weedy waters.

 

How are chatterbaits for slow rolling deep in like early spring before the weeds start growing?

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Did I miss something here??

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2 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

Sounds like the chatter type bait is a weed magnate and I fish a lot of weedy waters.

It is. And ANYTHING on the blade kills the action which defeats the whole purpose. A swim jig with a hard thumping paddle tail is a much better option for fishing in weedy scenarios. A spinnerbait will work as long as you keep it above the weed line. Again, grass will wrap around the blades and kill the action. Hope this helps. 

5 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

How are chatterbaits for slow rolling deep in like early spring before the weeds start growing?

It's been my experience that bladed jig baits tend to stop working under a certain speed. So, if you want to roll deep be sure to get heavy ones, like 1 oz or so, so you can keep the blade thumping but stay in the strike zone. 

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1 hour ago, Jigfishn10 said:

Thank you, this is great info. Sounds like the chatter type bait is a weed magnate and I fish a lot of weedy waters.

 

How are chatterbaits for slow rolling deep in like early spring before the weeds start growing?

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Rolling deep depends on the chatterbait.  I find that with some, especially with larger blades, it's harder to keep them at depth.  I love Picasso Shockblade chatterbaits but have trouble keeping them deeper than about 5-6 feet. I really like the Jackhammer for staying deeper, but in all honesty if I'm going deeper than about 7-8 feet I just use a swim jig.  I always use paddletails with my swim jigs and feel they give a lot of great action also. 

 

But keep in mind that sometimes it's the opposite of what makes sense.  This morning I was fishing in a downpour with decent winds and figured it was perfect for chatterbaits, no bites.  Switched to a swim jig/paddletail and had a great morning with it. 

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I fish a bladed jig in some thick milfoil and it comes through it pretty good. I consider it a fairly weedless bait but it hooks on a log very solidly quite often. Swim jig is definitely more weedless, I always reach for it when absolutely nothing else will come through the grass. I’ve been fishing a spinner bait my whole life and I’ve barely caught anything with them. I’ve been fishing a bladed jig for maybe a year and I’ve caught a lot of nice fish. Spinnerbaits are proven fish catching lures but to me personally it’s 1,000 times easier to get a bite with a chatterbait or jig 

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I find bladed jigs fish well in weeds, surprisingly.

Jerk it until it starts vibrating again (hard, repeat as necessary)...I sometimes catch them right after jerking through weeds.  That's the regular version, not weedless.  There is a weedless version too, but I personally haven't seen a need for it yet.  I fish it same places I fish frogs, but obviously I don't cast in the spots.  In those places no spinnerbait or buzzbait will fish without fouling every cast (from experience), and I can't get a treble hook through either...obviously.


Because of that, I tend to leave one tied on.

 

 

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15 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

I’ve been fishing a spinner bait my whole life and I’ve barely caught anything with them.

That surprises me. Here I am thinking a guy like you can make chicken salad out of chicken bleep! :)

 

The spinnerbait is a lure that I have so much success with, I'm not sure I could break that addiction...LOL...The chatter type bait intrigues me tho and I may have to try it out. Just didn't know when the optimal time would be to use it. I got some great posts here and really appreciate it. :)

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11 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

That surprises me. Here I am thinking a guy like you can make chicken salad out of chicken bleep! :)

 

The spinnerbait is a lure that I have so much success with, I'm not sure I could break that addiction...LOL...The chatter type bait intrigues me tho and I may have to try it out. Just didn't know when the optimal time would be to use it. I got some great posts here and really appreciate it. :)

All my friends catch the heck out of bass with spinnerbaits, there's just something Im not doing right with them. For 25 years.....

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Swim jigs-grass

 

Bladed jigs-moderate to no grass, stained to muddy water, moderate to no wood cover, 50* water temp or higher

 

Spinnerbaits-Moderate to no grass, clear to muddy water, all but the thickest wood cover, 42* or higher water temp. 

 

Obviously exceptions, but those are my very basic guidelines that start my decision making process. 

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Most of the people I see fishing are using spinnerbaits.  I use a bladed jig to give the bass something different to look at.

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