How to Fish a Chatterbait
When it comes to bass fishing world, one name gains a lot of popularity among other kinds of lures “The Chatterbait”. Created and named by father and son Ron Davis Sr and Jr, this lure has remarkable reputation in catching fish. So remarkable that even famous fishing celebrities like Brian Thrift won a Stren Series Event using the Chatterbait as a lure.
So What Makes this Lure Special?
It is all because of the design it has that makes it so effective in catching fish. It has a six sided blade and a jig that creates vibration and clinking sound. When retrieving a contact between these two components produces this throbbing action. As the jig jerks vertically and the blade swinging in contact with the jig thus producing sound and vibration, I am sure no fish can resist and ignore that. It is like giving something for the fish to hunt.
Chatterbaits are best for kayak fishing and sports. Cloudy, dirty, dark waters and those with water vegetations are the ideal location for this lure.
Different Types of Chatterbaits:
Chatterbaits almost all looked like the same when you see it but if you take a closer look at it there are some designs different from the other. Mostly the modifications were made depending on where and how the blade and jig affixed to each other.
- The original Chatterbait design, where the blade is directly attached to the jig.
- Some use Split rings to connect blade and jig.
- There’s a new design where the jig and blade are molded together as one.
- Another variety is that the hook attached directly to the blade but still allowing free swing of the blade.
- Some features have a designed jig with a shovel-like lip to create different swimming motion of the lure.
- One design is a transparent blade directly affixed to the jig, a modification to merge the blade and jig.
Although there is a lot of new modifications of Chatterbaits in the market available today, quite a lot of anglers prefer the Original design as their lure of choice.
Different Styles of Luring the Chatterbait:
Honestly speaking, it is very difficult to describe How to Fish Using a Chatterbait because it is entirely situational. I would rather recommend you to follow these Styles of Luring using a Chatterbait since it also showcases some techniques and procedures along the way. But before we start with the discussion, take note first with the precaution below:
Luring a fish to bite your bait needs a lot of practice specially that the location of choice for Chatterbaits are freshwater areas where vegetation is thick. You have to consider that the water bottom is muddy and full of decomposing materials like tree branches and twigs, so an un-calculated speed upon retrieval can cause you lure to get caught with it.
- The Cast and Retrieve:
- Probably this is most common style of luring using Chatterbait. All you have to do is just cast your lure to the desired area then slowly retrieve it. The combination of hex blade and jig causes a lot of vibration during winding regardless of speed, it is enough to catch the fish attention along the area and hunt your lure. You can even feel the vibration up to your forearm regardless what type or rod you use. Most of the time you can expect a nip from basses and trout using this approach.
- For deep waters like docks It would be better to cast it then let it sink for about 5 meters then slowly and steadily retrieve it. To hide your lure during retrieve I suggest to allow your lure to travel on shaded water area to increase your chance for a bite.
- The Hop:
- Hopping your Chatterbait is quite effective if you set it parallel to the grassline or unto the area where breams and small fish feeds. Chances are, bigger fish tends to hunt on those areas and a hopping lure together with those little fish can be irresistible.
- You can simply do this by making a long cast then allow the lure to sink until it reaches the water bottom, then jerk the tip of the rod making your Chatterbait to jump off. It is like mimicking an insect jumping on the air but this time under the water. This will surely can caught fish attention lurking underwater.
- The Drag:
- Dragging your lure is also a very effective form of fishing using your Chatterbait. But it is best done on clearer areas to avoid getting caught on some unwanted materials. Fishing on the docks is a good spot for this I would say. The drag technique should be slow and continuous thus trying to mimic a worm crawling innocently underwater.
- Like the Hop approach just make a long cast of your lure and let it touch the bottom, but this time instead of hopping your lure just slowly wind your reel and drag your Chatterbait. During this dragging attempt of your lure, the clicking sound and vibration of your Chatterbait underwater will tempt some bass and trout alike to make a bite.
- There is lot of varieties you can choose from but the green pumpkin tops it all. It has black blades and weighs ⅜ oz.
- Then there’s the sexy shad, the bluegill, black and blue for dirty/stained waters, chartreuse, smoke and many more.
- Try to experiment with these colors by changing skirts to make your Chatterbait more define and attractive. Make a color combos and then try each one and find which one attracts more fish.
- This will surely add your chances of having a good catch. Chatterbaits with trailers attached will definitely change the odds of having more bites than none. The more the trailer mimics or resembles to a true live one the better.
Considerations when choosing a trailer:
- Water Clarity: The clearer the water the fewer the trailers you need and this one goes the same with dirty water. Fish on dark or dirty waters tends to rely more on senses rather than sight. Bigger trailer causes more movements thus easier to find by fish hunting for prey.
- Water Depth: Trailer options differ on both shallow and deep waters. Frog like trailers are better on shallow fishing because they appear more lively and vulnerable as prey.
Overall, the versatility of the Chatterbaits makes it stand out among all other lures. They are easy to use, efficient and can be modified depending on your fishing style and need.