How to Use a Chatterbait – Best Tips and Techniques

A chatterbait – or bladed jig – is a very powerful tool in the inventory of a bass fisherman. And for its power, also becoming one of the most popular. This lure has great versatility and the situational flexibility. It could be effectively employed in virtual situation an angler could face. It is without a doubt an important tool to learn how to use for every angler out there. In this article, we will show how to use a chatterbait and why chatterbaits are powerful and useful for you to get a large catch for the day.

What Is A Chatterbait?

A chatterbait’s architecture is relatively simple. It’s just a jig but with a single blade attached to it. This single, seemingly innocuous and harmless blade is what makes the thing so effective against fishes.

The metal could vibrate and give out alluring clicks in the water to attract the attention of the fishes. It optimizes your chance of getting the fish to take the bait in the water. The abilities of a chatterbait are best used in areas with murky water. However, you can also use it for clear water fishing with no problems.

Why Should You Use A Chatterbait?

As mentioned, one of the thinks that make chatterbaits so popular is its flexibility once you put it into the water. There are a lot of ways you can use to retrieve a chatterbait. This makes them a very sensible choice for a lot of anglers in the freshwater portion of the game.

Chatterbaits work on both slow and fast fishes. Unlike spinnerbait, if the fish is slow and you want to retrieve it quickly, you ought to change the bait to fit the circumstances. (It is not something you can do without sacrificing some time). Or you won’t have that catch at all.

Why Should You Use A Chatterbait

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Chatterbait’s Colour

A bright red or flamboyant color in the middle of the lake. There, it’s mostly populated by silvery fishes are certainly out of place and would scare a lot of potential catches away. Choosing the right color for baits – any, not just chatterbaits – is the right step to success.

But, before you go ahead and take a swing, you have to do forward reconnaissance first to know the actual population there. What kind of fishes there are and their scale colors to adjust your bait accordingly.

Chatterbait’s Colour

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For fishing in lakes that you know are mostly populated by white fishes, you should consider a colder and whiter tone. For examples, shad. And since the water of the color is often with a greenish tone, Chartreuse is a great color to go.

The blue color is also a great color to consider. When it’s during the colder seasons of the year around December and January. It’s time basses are sinking down into the lake’s bed to keep warm from the frigid weather above.

The color of the bait coincides with that of bluegills. Basses hate this creature with a fervor. It’s because when they’re going down with them, they often kick the sediment and sand below up and disturb the basses’ peace. So, to remove this disturbance of public peace, they would try to gobble them up.

The darker shades of blue or even black are the most perfect for night fishing or for water that is dark in color – such as dirty ones. The dark color matches what the fishes discern to be other fishes. And they might take a bite at it thinking that it’s an easy prey and a hearty meal.

How To Use A Chatterbait

Chatterbaits aren’t hard to use once you get the basic down. Firstly, you have to locate the best place to cast your line. This is a pretty basic action most anglers would’ve had a pretty decent knowledge in up to this point. But the best part to try and look for basses or other types of fishes is roughly a dozen feet from shore or where you cast it.

After you’ve thrown your line, steadily and slowly retrieve the line parallel to the shore. Refrain from tugging it up and down and let it sink as it’s not as effective as a steady retrieve.

Weather is also a factor to consider once you cast your line.

In colder weather such as during winter or early spring, fishes will be less active. Thus, you have to go slower than normal.

It became the active time in spring and summer. And it’s time for you to find some success in haphazardly dragging it across the surface of the water.

Last but not least, chatterbaits are made to be highly adaptable. That means they can be heavily customised according to your need and would still be as effective, depends on your vision.

How To Use A Chatterbait

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One of the things to consider adding to your chatterbaits is trailers. A trailer can increase the profile or even decrease it and create a very puzzling effect on basses. This is because as it would intrigue them and they would try to take a bite.

Trailers can also throw in some heavy vibrations into the water. They make it a lot more attractive and effective to fishes in murkier water where vision is quite impeded. They have to rely entirely on the vibration created by their preys to ‘see’ and take the necessary action to get it.

But you have to know exactly how your trailers would operate and designed to operate.

Trailers often work by mimicking the movement of other species. And you have to know exactly what and their behaviors to mimic as closely as possible to make it as best an impression of the fish as you could to trick them into taking your bait.

Chatterbaits are very powerful tool. And by knowing exactly how it works, you will understand how important it is to have them in your inventory. And you can increase your chance of getting a firm catch for the day!

You just have to be smart, careful and patience for it to all come together according to plan – just like a master angler would get his catches. But now that you’ve known exactly how to use a chatterbait, that is not so much of a problem anymore, isn’t it?