The benefits of braid for fishing a ChatterBait

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The thing I like most about fishing a bait on braided line is that I’m able to keep constant contact with the bait. The sensitivity of the braid allows me to know what my ChatterBait is doing at all times. So if I’m fishing around hydrilla and I get a little piece of grass on it, I don’t reel the bait 5 feet before I realize it. I know immediately that the blade has stopped vibrating and a quick twitch usually gets it back going. The lack of stretch in the line means I don’t have to do a lot of snatching and jerking like I would if I had the bait on fluorocarbon, which doesn’t have nearly the stretch that monofilament does but certainly stretches more than braid.

Vibrating jigs are also a tough bait for most anglers to fish around wood because they tend to hang up a lot. The bait will either roll into cover or at times anglers will mistake a couple of limbs in quick succession for a bite and snatch the bait right into the cover. With the sensitivity of braid and the constant contact, I’m able to worm the bait through the gnarliest laydowns while making sure I keep it upright and being able to decipher between a bite and a piece of cover.

Now I will say, if you’re not familiar with fishing braided line, that sensitivity can be an impairment more than an asset. You’re likely to mistake a lot of those run-ins with cover for bites and hang up often with unwarranted hook sets. That’s why I stress that my setup isn’t right for everyone and that you may very well be better off with something like what Hite uses. But if you are familiar with braid, the sensitivity is extremely beneficial.