Project Z ChatterBait

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project z chatterbait bass fishing lure

The Project Z ChatterBait serves a very particular purpose in my arsenal. Though this lure comes in the more traditional 3/8- and 1/2-ounce sizes as well, this was the first offering ever of a vibrating jig in the 3/4- and 1-ounce range.

This opened up a whole new world to anglers; now we could efficiently and effectively fish ChatterBaits deep. This is a great way to offer a different presentation to heavily pressured ledge fish in the summer. But for me, the appeal was for night fishing.

We fish big black Colorado spinnerbaits a lot in the summer months here in Alabama, which is a great way to catch bass at night as the water hits its peak temperatures. But this is a painstakingly slow process once you get over 10 feet, even with a 3/4-ounce spinnerbait. The large Colorado blade offers so much resistance, it’s hard to get the bait down deep.

On the other hand, these big ChatterBaits fold up and are able to fall quickly through the water column. This cuts the time you have to count a bait down into a fraction of what you’d see with a spinnerbait. Then you just slow-roll the bait back to the boat and even still you don’t have to fish it quite as slow.

What’s also nice is that you can fish deep targets more effectively. Where I used to have to throw well past a target and pendulum a spinnerbait down to try to intersect it on the retrieve, I can cast the Project Z ChatterBait directly over top of a target in 20 feet of water, count it down and start the retrieve in the strike zone.

This often triggers an immediate bite as the bait instantly starts to generate its vibration right in front of the fish. If you try to let a spinnerbait fall vertically like this, the blade tangles in the line.