It’s a comfort thing


It really comes down to comfort and adaptability. In defense of all those who think I’m crazy for fishing a ChatterBait on braided line, I also fish a shaky head and wacky rig on a baitcaster, so I’m a bit of a rare breed. But I fish a wacky rig on a baitcaster because I was raised on power fishing gear. If I try to skip a dock with a spinning reel, I’ll smack the dock 9 times out of 10 and best case scenario get the bait to go 5 feet back in there on that 10th try. I can skip a wacky rig on a baitcaster back into a place 20 feet on the first shot. Sure, I could spend the next 6 months really working at getting better at skipping with a spinning rod and try to completely reprogram my muscles, but why would I?

I think we all too often get caught up watching these guys who fish for a living and then try to mimic every little thing they do. But you don’t think about the months and years it takes for them to get so proficient at what they do. Then we try to take our one weekend a month or two weeks vacation each year and try to scrap what we know to adopt what they do and it’s just not worthwhile or practical.

The pros are likely less than 0.0001% of anglers and the best at what they do. Most of us will never be that good at it. Sure, we can and should learn as much as is practical from them but my mentality on certain things is simple: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The braided line deal serves me well on a ChatterBait. I could spend months trying to recondition myself to fish a different set up, but why? I’m catching fish and in-tune with what I do and how I do it. If that’s how you feel about flouro and a glass rod, stick with it. If braid is your thing, give it a shot on a ChatterBait.