Fishing With The ChatterBait®.
The Chatterbait® is one of the most unique, fish catching lures to hit the market in a long time. The most common use of this lure is a constant retrieve, in other words, cast out and reel in. Although this retrieve will do the job on some occasions, the Chatterbait® is much more versatile and can be use in many ways. You can fish it like a jig, fish it like a spinnerbait, or even fish like a lipless rattle crank bait.
Pro tip 1: When using it as a jig, one should think about weight size. 3/8 oz to 5/8 oz seems to be the most effective sizes. Color choice of the darker colors, black/blue, brown/orange, pumpkin, or green pumpkin seems to be the most effective. Blade color is optional but I prefer either a dark scaled blade (Pro2 black/blue) or a black nickel blade (Chatterbait black/blue). Heavy cover calls for a weed guard model (Pro2) open water such as rocky points, the standard swim jig will work equally well. (Chatterbait). The retrieve should be very similar to the normal retrieve of a jig.
Pro tip 2: Another effective way to use the Chatterbait® is to work it like a spinnerbait. You can "slow roll" it, retrieve at a constant medium retrieve, or use a fast retrieve (burn it). The beauty of the Chatterbait® is that you don't have to be a pro to use it and catch fish. A lot of fisherman use a standard cast and retrieve and the results are excellent.
Pro tip 3: Make sure when you don't confuse the Chatterbait® with other swim jigs. The Chatterbait® has the blade attached directly to the eye of the hook. By design the blade needs to wobble back and forth striking the head of the Chatterbait®. This creates two fish attracting things, a rattle or clattering sound (we all know bass like the sound of rattles) and a wobbling erratic action. The closer the blade is to the head the better the action.
Pro tip 4: "It's all in the retrieve." We talked about the Chatterbait® having an erratic action. Because of the blade to head design the Chatterbait® when being retrieve will be coming straight back in and then for no reason it will erratically veer off course. This sudden darting action is a tremendous strike getter. A real good tip on retrieving the Chatterbait® is every 4 or 5 turns of the reel handle interrupt the speed you are retrieving with a quick speed up of your retrieve. This will cause the swim jig to dart either left or right giving it even a more erratic action.