By Gary Hendry

The chatterbait, also known as the bladed jig, is an effective bass fishing lure. Apart from fishing boats, the chatterbait makes a perfect addition to any angler’s tackle bag. Many anglers prefer the chatterbait to other bass fishing lures as it is versatile and can be used for fishing during any season. Besides, it works exceptionally when you want to achieve an aggressive presentation for maximum vibration and erratic action. 

Where to Fish a Chatterbait

Although they are versatile and adaptable, you shouldn’t fish a chatterbait where there are rocks and brush as they will snag much easier.  The ideal places to fish a chatterbait include docks, shell beds, wood targets, and shallow and mid-depth grass. The chatterbait is most effective when bass is shallow and active. 

How Does a Chatterbait Work?

A chatterbait is essentially a jig fitted with a blade on top and a wire loop to which you tie your line. The blade sends vibrations through the water as you reel it in through the water. The jig swings and rotates at the same time as water moves over the blade. This creates vibration and action that attract bass.  

Choose the Right Bait

To successfully fish a chatterbait, you’ll need to select a chatterbait with a stainless steel blade and choose a color that works best with the water you plan to fish. The next step is to attach a trailer to the line to imitate baitfish. 

Reeling in the Lure

After casting, hold your rod tip near the water as you reel in your line. Ideally, 3-4 inches above the water surface to keep the bait lower to attract more fish. Reel in the chatterbait at the same speed for the whole retrieve. Don’t reel in too fast as this may deter fish from striking.

Make Unpredictable Bait Movements

While reeling in, be sure to pause from time to time to make the blade move unpredictably. You may let the chatterbait stay still for a few seconds and bring it in again. The unpredictable movements will get fish to bite the bait.  Move the chatterbait near your fishing boat to pull fish closer to you.  

Once the bait hits bottom, work the tip of the rod up and down to have the bait darting around. This will create some pulse and flare to get the fish to bite. 

Bump the Bait into Objects

Sometimes bass will watch the chatterbait swim by without trying to strike. Bumping the bait into underwater objects does the trick. Ensure you guide your line towards objects so your bait bumps into them to make fish react to sudden movements. This will work if you cast your line in strategic places such as underwater vegetation and fishing docks. Ensure you pause after each bump. Bass are more likely to strike after the bump. 

If you haven’t been fishing a chatterbait, you are missing a lot! The right fishing boat and chatterbait will enhance your chances of angling for bass. Better yet, you’re sure to catch even more bass if you know how to fish a chatterbait the right way.