How to Fish With Chatter Baits

by Charles Poole

Chatterbaits are the hybrid of jigs, spinnerbaits and crankbaits. Chatterbaits have the skirt of a spinnerbait, the hook of a jig, and the head of a crankbait. The chatterbait is primarily used to catch largemouth and smallmouth bass, but can be used for any fish that feeds from the top of the water, whether in lakes, ponds or streams. You don't have to be a professional fisherman to use a chatterbait. Chatterbaits create a noise through the water when they are reeled in. This noise attracts fish around the area of the bait.

Items you will need

  • Fish scent
Step 1

Determine the kind of fish that you are trying to catch.

Step 2

Choose the proper color for the pond, stream or lake in which you will be fishing. The most important part of any fishing lure is to use a color that blends into the surrounding area, which makes the lure look more natural.

Step 3

Choose the right size of your chatterbait. Determine the right kind of hook size for the fish that you want to catch. For instance, you wouldn't use a large hook if you are trying to catch small sunfish.

Step 4

Scent the hooks on your chatterbait with fish scents. Scents can be found at local bait shops or sporting goods stores. Scenting the hooks on the bait will attract fish.

Step 5

Cast the chatterbait along the banks and reel it in a steady pace. The steady pace makes the bait "chatter." This chattering attracts the fish along the banks, where they come to feed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Fish around obstructions, like sunken trees or limbs.