What is a Chatterbait?
The Chatterbait® is technically the name of a patented bass fishing bladed lure, invented by Ron Davis and produced by Z-Man, a lure manufacturing company in Charleston, SC. This bait is in the classification of "bladed swim jigs" or "vibrating jigs", but often all baits of this type are referred to as "Chatterbaits", which, again, refers specifically to the Z-Man product. This has occurred with other products in the past, Q-tip and Band-Aid come to mind as brand names used to reference cotton swabs and adhesive bandages, respectively. With that being said, a vibrating jig, "the original" of which is the Chatterbait® by Z-Man lures, is like a cross between a spinnerbait and a jig. The blade causes an intense vibration not produced by a traditional spinnerbait, an action that's otherwise impossible to impart to a swim jig, and since it lacks the arm for the blades, it can be fished in places spinnerbaits can't go. The chatterbait has only really been around for about 10 years, so it's relatively new in the bass fishing industry, but it's quickly become a staple for most professional tournament bass anglers.
How, When & Why Fish a Vibrating Jig?
Bass fishing tournament pro Scott Suggs will help you break down what to know before heading out to fish a vibrating jig, including: water color, types of grass, types of trees and more. He talks about color selection for different water colors, including the most popular colors and what to do with lake history as it relates to color. Learn secrets about where & how Scott fishes the Chatterbait around various cover and in different water depths. Scott Suggs talks about what traliers he likes to use, including the bait he designed, Berkley Havoc Scott Suggs' 4" Rocket Craw. Mr. Suggs will discuss his rod, reel and line choices for fishing a vibrating jig. Learn how to customize vibrating jigs, and why Z-man's Chatterbait is ready to fish right out of the package. Also learn:
- What size/weight of chatterbait Scott likes best
- How to use a torch and power drill to improve your chatterbait performance
- How to increase your hookup percentage by changing your fishing rod choice
- Selecting blade size and shape and how it affects the action and depth of the bait
Additional Chatterbait Fishing Resources
Another chatterbait fishing master is Brett Hite, who won almost half-a-million dollars in tournament winnings with a vibrating jig, in a very short period of time. We're fortunate to have a full class from Brett, called simply Chatterbait Fishing - Brett Hite and it's a must if you want to learn how to effectively fish a vibrating jig. Brett Hite also joined us on Bass University Live : Chatterbaits & Rat-L-Traps - October 2017, where he discussed the lure and answered subscriber questions. Be sure to check out Why I LOVE Vibrating Jigs & Vibrating Jigs.