Mike and Pike wrote:
Tim Kelly wrote:Use a spinnerbait mould and twist a loop in the wire with the chatterblade attached and you have a better than original design. Super easy and cheap as chips. Two Evergreen Chatterbaits are about the same price as a do it mould. Bonkers.
Yup. And bonkers is a nice way to put it.
You need thicker wire to hold the blade. I don't know if they make spinner bait wire thick enough to do the job. Most spinner bait wire is way too thin to last very long.
The early (before patent enforcement) heads that Barlow's and Lure Parts Online produced used a little clip that could be bent down once the blade is inserted. The benefit of this design is the eyelet where the blade is inserted has a bigger opening that allows the blade to ride up and the bait to search when you speed it up. The erratic baits do better in clear water/during the day because the erratic (jerkbait type) action is what often trigger the fish. Unfortunately, I have found a newer style baits with the split rings cause too much line twist.
The original Chatterbait has a real small eyelet that the blade rides in and it doesn't allow the blade to ride up, which enables the bait to search. This small eyelet makes the bait more predictable and this type of bait works better in dirty water/at night when the fish can't track the bait as easily and the fish need an easier target. The Jack Hammer looks like it has a bigger eyelet for the blade and this really intrigues me. The hook keeper looks nice also. I'm tired of adding hook keepers to my baits.
My baits take a long time to wear out and I get well over $16 worth of use out of a bait before I retire it, but $16 is a bit much for what it is. I fish a lot of rock and my baits have to be sharpened regularly. Eventually, you take enough material off of the hook that you start to lose fish. Hopefully, I've caught a few hundred fish before this happens!