Best Chatterbait Tips for Bass Fishing (These Work!) | Bass Fishing

Best Chatterbait Tips for Bass Fishing (These Work!) | Bass Fishing

Keri: There you go. Look at that. Look at that. Where are you, dude? Glenn: Come here, fish. Boy, that’s a good fish. Keri: He’s acting like he’s really good. Come here. There you go. Glenn: He’s not that big, but he sure felt
like it. Keri: Yeah, they wanna chase something. Glenn: There he is. Keri: ChatterBait! That’s a good fish. It’s the best one we’ve found all day. Or almost, just like… Glenn: ChatterBait! Keri: ChatterBait! Glenn: Hey folks. Glenn May here with and today
let’s talk about ChatterBaits. Catching fish on ChatterBaits, that’s the
topic of today’s video. I wanna walk you through a little bit about
the different types of ChatterBaits, different sizes, different colors, that sort of thing. How to rig them, and then what kind of equipment
to use, and then from there, I wanna show you different ways of fishing the ChatterBait. So, let’s start off with how to rig it. What type of baits to use? The most common one to use is a 3/8 ounce
ChatterBait. This one is actually 1/2 ounce. I like them a little bit heavier because I
like to fish them a little bit faster than most folks. But 3/8 ounce is a standard size go-to that
most people fish. As far as colors are concerned, white and
chartreuse, and black and blue are pretty much all the colors you need. You can go green/pumpkin if you want, as well,
but you really don’t need a whole bunch of different colors with ChatterBaits. It’s primarily a reaction-type bait, so, you
know, colors aren’t as much of a critical factor. As a general rule, the lighter the color it
is, the lighter the light, the lighter the water is, the lighter the color you want. And the darker the color of the water, or
the darker it is out there, the darker the lure. As a general rule. There’s exceptions all the time. What I always do is, hey, you know, it’s what
the fish want. So, play around with the colors, and see what
they want that day. I like to start off with white, and that’s
typically what I stick with because I usually catch fish on white regardless. So, it’s just a matter of playing around though. If they don’t bite that, change colors. As far as trailers are concerned, you can
see, I’ve got a paddle tail on this one right now. This is just a little 4.5-inch paddle tail
swimbait that I have on it. You can use all kinds of trailers. I would encourage you to experiment with the
different kind of trailers. You can use paddle tails. You can use grubs. You can even use worms. Craws are a real popular trailer to use on
them. Just experiment and see what the fish want
that day. I find that today they really want the paddle
tail, so that’s what I’m fishing. So, one thing I like to do with the trailer,
regardless of what type of trailer I have, is I like to dip the ends of it in chartreuse
dye. Especially in the warmer months, because bluegill
is a main staple of the bass’s diet during the warmer months. And that little chartreuse tail makes it look
like a bluegill, so definitely do that with your bait. The other thing I want you to keep in mind
is when you’re fishing with the ChatterBait, is make sure the hooks are sharp, especially
if you’re throwing it around rocks and riprap and that sort of thing. If you just bounce it off the rocks a little
bit, you can dull it in a heartbeat, and you won’t even know it. Won’t even feel like you hit it very hard,
and you can dull it. So, check your hooks frequently, and make
sure they’re super sharp. I even check the hooks right out of the package,
brand new before I even throw it. And I make sure that they’re really sharp. If you’re not sure how to check your hooks,
and you’re not sure how to get them sharp, I got a link down here at the bottom, underneath
the video, for you to check out. I can sharpen hooks that are sharper than
the manufacturer can, and I show you how to do that in this video. So, check that out. Make sure your hooks are sharp, and you’ll
catch a lot more fish. Keri: There you go. There’s a big one. We got another ChatterBait fish. Glenn: Look at this guy. He’s mad. Keri: Look at that. ChatterBait! Glenn: There we go. Keri: Got a ChatterBait fish. Glenn: Right there. So, let’s talk a little bit about the equipment
that we’re using here. This is real critical to successful ChatterBait
fishing. What I’ve got here is a 7-foot medium heavy
power rod, with fast-action tip. Real fast-action tip. I don’t know if you can see that. Let me show you. See that tip? Real fast. Almost an extra fast. That is ideal for fishing ChatterBait. Now, if you’ve got a spinnerbait rod, that’s
perfect for fishing ChatterBaits. But the 7-foot medium heavy is pretty much
a universal tool. You can use it for worm fishing, for ChatterBait,
for paddle tail fishing. You can even use it for jig fishing. There’s even more. There’s a lot of uses you can use for a seven
and a half medium heavy power rod. So, get yourself a couple of them and rig
them up. But this is what you wanna use with a ChatterBait. With it, I’ve got the Revo SX baitcasting
reel. This is an awesome reel for this. It’s a 6:6:1 gear ratio. And the reason I’m going with that instead
of, like, a 7:3 or faster is, for the most part, your success with a ChatterBait is with
a slower retrieve. And I’ll get into the retrieves in a minute,
but the 6:6 enables me to keep it down, even if I get a little anxious and I start speeding
up. It’s gonna keep that down to a slower speed. With this reel, also, it’s got a fantastic
smooth drag. Real nice drag on it, and when you hook onto
a fish, usually it’s a big one, and you need a good drag to be able to fight them back
to the boat and not get them to tear the hook out of his mouth. I also have a real strong… The drag on is also very, very strong. It’s 24 pounds of drag. That is really unusual for bass fishing. Most reels for bass fishing are only like
12 to 16 pounds on the drag, so 24 pounds is really stout for bass fishing. And that’s great because what I like to do
is I fan cast this. I’ll fan cast it across big flats of weeds
and submerged milfoil, for example, and just, you know, start at like the 11 o’clock position. And then my next cast would be 12, my next
cast would be 1, and so on and so forth. Just covering water. And you make those really long casts, and
so, when that fish is way out there, and he hits it on the end of a long cast, you need
the drag to be down tight in order to set that hook with that much line out. And speaking about that line, I’ve got, here
on, I’ve got 30-pound FireLine Ultra 8 line on this. And this is… It’s a little heavier than what most people
fish ChatterBaits. Most people tend to go about 20 pounds. I go 30, and I got a little reason why, and
I’ll show you that in a minute. But 30 is really good, and the FireLine here,
because it’s a micro Dyneema fiber, it goes through the guides real smooth and that aids
for long casts. So, again, as I mentioned, long casts on this
are critical. So, real nice long cast with this line. It has no stretch, so, again, you can get
good hook-setting power on those long casts. And pair that with this reel, which gives
you a nice long cast as well, you’re gonna get that bait fired way out there and cover
a lot more water than somebody else who’s not set up like this. So, be sure you get yourself one of these
reels and pair it up with this FireLine. So, that’s the bait, and that’s the gear and
equipment and how we do it. Now, I’ll show you how to fish it. [00:07:53]
[silence] [00:08:34] Glenn: All right, so, let’s talk about the
different ways you can retrieve a ChatterBait. Some of the different presentations. I think you’ll find it’s a little more versatile
than you might think. However, let’s start off with a basic retrieve. And all’s that is, is casting out and winding
it back, but what you wanna do is bring your rod tip down, and have it to the side. And that’s for two reasons. Number one, you’re in the hook-set position,
so if a fish bites it, you’re ready to swing. If you got your rod tip way up here, there’s
nothing left. You have nowhere to go to set the hook. So, make sure it’s down here. The other reason you have it down here and
to the side is you can feel it a lot better. You can feel that bait vibrating through the
water. It’s transmitting right up the rod, right
to your hands, and you can feel it. Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick. If for any reason it stops ticking, there’s
a little pause in it or it changes cadence, set the hook. Because that could be a fish. So, it’s critical that you feel it. If you’re pointing right at the lure while
you’re reeling it back, you’re just connected to the reel and you’re not gonna feel that. So, make sure it’s down and to the side. You’ll have a better feel with it. The next retrieve… This is the one I like to do over the top
of submerged weeds, is to burn it back. And for that, you may have to bring the rod
tip up a little bit like this. Don’t bring it up all the way high, but bring
it a little bit to the side, again. But you have to do it a little bit higher,
and bring it back. See how fast I’m reeling that? Bring it back fast. And you bring it right over the tops of weeds. And what you’re doing is you’re gonna call
the fish right out from those weeds. They’ll be buried up in it, maybe not even
a biting mood. But you’ll elicit that strike by burning that
right over their tops. They’ll come out and pounce on it. You can actually call them out from deep weeds
that way. Great way to fish, but also when you got that
rod tip high, if they hit it, that’s the key thing, again, having the strong drag and strong
line. If they hit it, they’re gonna wanna go right
back down in those weeds. And so you’ll be able to swing it up and keep
your rod tip up here, and keep them above the weeds, and keep them from burying it down
it. That’s, again, why I like this really strong
drag, and I like this 30-pound FireLine because if they get wrapped in those weeds, I can
still wrench them out. Now, there’s other reasons I have that setup,
and I’ll talk to you that in a second. But the next one is the opposite of that. This is a nice, slow retrieve. Actually, it’s crawling in on the bottom. And what I like to do here is, sometimes what
the bass will do is they’re feeding on bottom-feeding or bottom-foraging baits like a sculpin or
a goby or something like that. And here, what I’m doing is I reel up, as
you notice, I’m using the rod. And I just drag it with the rod, not the reel. And the reason for that is for feel. Again, you can feel the bite a lot better
with the rod, than if you sat here and you just reeled it, you’re not gonna feel it as
well. And you don’t have as much control. Again, if you’re doing it side like this,
you have exact control of the speed of how it’s going on the bottom. With the reel, it’s kinda hard to imagine. If I’m just doing it with the reel, it’s kind
of hard to tell how slow it’s going, right? You see what I’m getting at? This is a great way if the fish are just feeding
on the bottom. It’s a good wintertime technique. And I do that a lot of times when the water
temperature is below 50 degrees. You drag it on the bottom like that. There’s some fish are hugging the bottom and
they’re feeding off those little sculpin. That’s a great way to fish this ChatterBait. Now, let me get to you another way that I
fish it. This is why I’ve got that 30-pound line on
it. This bait works really well just like you
would use a jig. Flipping and pitching it. Literally just pitching it out there. Dropping it straight down like you would a
jig, till it hits the bottom, and then lifting it back up, and letting it drop right back
down. Follow it down with your rod. This works great throwing into heavy bushes,
heavy cover, laydowns, logs. You just pitch it on out there, let it drop. Lot of times the bite is on the fall. And sometimes I’ve had it where you just sit
it on the bottom, and then they’ll come pick it up and grab it. I’ve got a friend of mine that’s gonna be
upset that I just showed you how to do it this way because he won a tournament doing
it this way. But this is a great way to fish a ChatterBait,
especially when everybody’s throwing jigs. It gives the bass a different look. If you’re going down the bank and you’re following
somebody, and you can see his throwing a jig, pick up your ChatterBait and throw it this
way, and I bet you’ll catch the fish that he left behind. So, keep that in mind. Keri: Wait. There you go. Glenn: Dead stickin’ the ChatterBait. Keri: Yep. Glenn: But it worked. Keri: Hey, it works. Dead stickin the ChatterBait. It works. Glenn: That’ll do the job. Glenn: One last tip I wanna tell you about
is during the fall, late fall, and into the winter, one thing that a lot of guys don’t
do, is we keep fishing to the shoreline. We’ll do that all the time because we’re used
to that. Usually, the fish are up shallow, they’re
up against some kind of cover, and we catch the fish that way. But during the winter time, and in the fall,
late fall when they’re migrating out deeper, they’re gonna be out deeper. So, take your boat, position it up shallow,
and now you’ll wanna cast out there. And do just similar, just like I kinda told
you on dragging it, but a little bit different. You’re throwing it out there to just say that’s
deeper water. You keep your rod tip down, to the side, and
just slowly reel it. Kinda bumping along the bottom. Just bumping along, bumping along, and bringing
it uphill. A lot of those fish are positioned down there,
and they don’t see a presentation like that. They usually see them going out that way. Here, they’re not accustomed to it, and you’ll
catch a lot of fish that way. They’re just not used to seeing it that way. Works really well in those colder months. Catch fish that way. As far as where you can fish it, I like to
fish, like I mentioned, over the top of weeds, but also on the weed line edges. That’s a perfect area to be throwing it. Anywhere around docks, logs, laydowns, that
sort of thing. And riprap. It works really well in riprap. What I like to do is bounce it off those rocks. And you can do it, again, if you’re bouncing
off pier pilings, on piers, and on docks. Make sure you’re bouncing it off stuff and
give it that erratic movement. But you gotta keep checking your hooks when
you’re doing that because you don’t wanna dull them. But those are the different ways you can fish
the ChatterBait. They’re very successful. I catch huge fish on them. This is why they’re wildly popular. Hope you got a lot out of this. For more tips and tricks like this, visit

100 thoughts on “Best Chatterbait Tips for Bass Fishing (These Work!) | Bass Fishing

  1. I well be using the chatter bait at the end of this month in a club tournament, your tips have given me a heads up on how to use and handle it. Thank you!!

  2. Great way to use the chatter bait I just bought some last night and cant wait to get out today. Old bucket mouth doesn't stand a chance with this bait. Its been supper hot this summer so adding that splash of color to the tail is a great idea. Thanks for the video

  3. Yet another great video. Always very informative. I don't currently have any chatter baits in my arsenal but after watching this they're on my list to add to my tackle. Thanks again.

  4. Unsure if it was said, but when using chatterbait with plastics worm or shads, texas rig the plastic and get into the weeds for fall success

  5. Do you ever find yourself doing a sweep retrieve? I tend to get more strikes doing that than doing just a straight retrieve. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  6. Thanks for all the awesome info… I would have never thought to check the hooks right out of the package. Also thanks for the chartreuse dye tip I will use that next time I fish chatter

  7. Now if I can just get the fish to respond to me, like they do for you. 😀. I’m definitely going to have to try harder, wonder what weight line you are using?

  8. Glenn rocks again!

    Thanks for the hook sharpening tip. As a fly fisherman, I checked hook sharpness all the time. But I haven't done that for conventional bass fishing. Good to know how!

    Great advice about how to hold the rod during different retrieve speeds too. I fish from a kayak, but I should be able to hold it to the side (do you have any kayak related videos?).

    Flipping & Pitching a chatterbait? Interesting! Sorry your friend will be disappointed, but I don't fish tournaments, so no harm no foul!

  9. I gotta tell ya, I love watching Glenn teaching this stuff. If you don't learn something you're not paying attention. This video is no exception . . . loved the dying the tip of the trailer idea . . . .good stuff. Thanks for the lesson

  10. I have tried the Zman chatterbaits but haven't had much luck. Hopefully trying the different techniques that Glenn shared will increase my confidence in the bait. I never realized you needed to have the rod off to the side.

  11. Glenn, every time I watch your videos, i always learn 2-3 things. good tip about keeping your rod tip down and to the side. That in my opinion is essential with the chatter bait and spinner baits.

  12. I am a big fan of revo sx as well! I love the tips on chatterbait bassin especially keeping the hooks sharp even out of the pack they may not be as good as they could be. It is one of the most overlooked tips for me especially! Thank you for the link to your video on sharpening hooks! I do have request ,if you would make some tips and bassin techniques for kayak bassin?

  13. I love z-man products and the chatterbait has produced for me. I love throwing it. Great tips for when my typical technique isn't getting them to bite!

  14. I really love using chatterbaits, my biggest problem is remembering to slow down.
    I'm definitely going to check out the hook sharpening link. Gotta save a buck when you can.
    Thanks for the video.

  15. This is for the z-man contest I believe…. I have to agree that white or white and chartreuse is the best all around chatterbait color. I caught my PB on a black and purple chatterbait 5.5 lbs.

  16. Now fishing a chatterbait like a jig, raising it up like something wounded trying to get off the bottom. I never thought of that. Sounds like a good thing to try. Thanks Glenn!

  17. Great tip on fishing the chatterbait like a jig. Also, I liked what you said about dying the trailer chartreuse to mimic bluegill. It’s those little nuances that can make a difference.

  18. Love watching your videos very straight forward, just wish I could actually catch bass on chatterbaits. So I’ll keep practicing my technique and maybe I can get one to hit. Thanks for the video!!!

  19. I love using any bait that makes noise, and the way the weather changes in my area, any color at any time may be what they want

  20. Great video! I own a few but never really put the time to gain any faith in them. This will help to cut down that learning curve that I usually don't have the patience for.

  21. Most of the ponds I fish are stained. Just started fishing and just added a Zman chatterbait in chartreuse and can’t wait to try it out but of course it’s been raining all week 😂🤦🏻‍♂️

  22. Thanks again for the Great tips; Gonna try these on my next outing!.. Liked the Idea of fishing it like a Jig! Thanks Again Glenn..

  23. Love these baits
    Never thought about die and I also sharpen new lures find many of them are dull even seem to have blunt end.

  24. The retrieve part was the most informative! I fish mine like a jig too and it's amazing. Not sure if it's the click sound that you can get when the blade bends over and hits the jighead or stuff on the bottom, but it's a killer technique.

  25. Great video and information once again!! I'll have to try jigging my chatterbaits, a strait retrieve hasn't worked on 2 different lakes. Thank you.

  26. I fished chatter baits years ago didn't have much luck. After this video I think I will be revisiting this lure. Any views on trimming the skirts like a spinner bait to change profile of the bait? Thanks for the info.

  27. Thanks for the tips as always! I especially liked that you dip the tails in chartreuse dye in warmer months. I just got my first new 7'2" MH fast action rod today and new reel so I can't wait to try it out with my new chatterbaits (Z-Man because I love all their products) I also got 30 lb. braid too so I'm glad that is what you used too! The crawling it on the bottom part was totally new to me I always thought you fish it above weedlines. Also the lift and drop method. I didn't realize they were so versatile. Thanks for all the education! I love this channel and your site, because I'm always learning something!

  28. Just returned from Georgian Bay in Canada. Chatterbait with trailer caught several 17 and 18 inch smallmouths and 2 pike 27 inches long. Ned rig caught several bass and a few plke that didn't bite it off.

  29. Clear water, white chatterbaits. Dark water, green pumpkin or black n blue. Use paddle tails, craws or grubs for trailers. Sharpen the hooks.

  30. When I first fished these I used a small paddle tail for a trailer & had real good success. Then I saw a video someplace saying not to use paddle tails because it can negatively alter the action of the chatterbait. Haven't found a trailer I like & catch success is down. I'm switching back to paddle tails now.

  31. Many good tips and different approaches on how to use Chatter Bait. I liked the tip to put a bait on the hook and to anchor your boat shallow and cast toward the deeper waters. Now that Fall is approaching in MN I HOPE to try that tip.

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  33. Great video! i always fine your video very Educational .I am new to all of this so i thank you and look forward to the next one!

  34. If you don’t fish Picasso shock blades as well you are missing out big time. I love Zmans too but Picasso’s have a denser thump as well as vibrating just as fast as zmans. They look great too.

  35. What happened to BassResource . No uploads in months 🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️

  36. That is a great technique you have open my eyes to Chaturbate I can do a lot more than throwing burn. Would you recommend using a mono or fluorocarbon leader. Or stick with straight braids?

  37. Will 10 to 12 lb test line work with cahtter bait not alot of big bass where i go fishing think biggest one in lake is about 7 n half pounds

  38. Would 50lb braid keep me from casting further? Cuz I'm about to respool 4 reels. I can't sling anything distant other than a lipless

  39. This chatter bait is the last lure I need to learn. I've caught one fish in a year on it. It was a 4lbr. But man I cannot make it work. I typically use it like a spinner bait. But when using it I'll cast I to the same area with a spinner bait an get one. 🤷‍♂️ we don't get along me an chatter baits

  40. Just bought my first Chatterbait lure. All the white and black and blue were gone. But there was 3 craw colored left bought all three. Put a 3 inch smoke colored tube on as a trailer. Had three tubes left over. By God they work great. Please try the smoke tubes. Shawn

  41. Another great tutorial video! Thank you Glen. I bought my 1st chatterbait today, im going to try it tomorrow. Hopefully i can report back some success. Great tips too!

  42. I'm 29 and I haven't fished in since I was 12-13 years old. This summer I got an ultralight and my brother let me use another medium/heavy rod/reel and this channel and a few others have been so HUGE. I literally had to teach myself how to fish and it's been such a blast!!!!! Thank you very much!

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