Chatter baits vs. swimming jigs

At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be that much difference between where and how someone would fish a chatter-type bait versus a swimming jig.

Upon close examination, you’ll notice that the only difference between the two is the chatter bait has a blade in front while a swimming jig doesn’t.

“Swimming jigs are also under-used baits, and I throw one every now and then just to see if they will hit it,” Kenny Covington said. “The funny thing is when I throw a swimming jig I have to move it around while I’m swimming it.”

In other words, Covington realized that all he is doing is incorporating the action that a chatter bait has built into it with the inclusion of the blade.

“The blade is definitely the key to the chatter bait,” he surmised. “But I don’t think they hit the bait because of the blade. Rather, I think they hit a chatter bait because of the action the blade gives the bait.”

Covington said the speed of the retrieve can make a chatter bait work with a slow and steady thumping action or a frantic, high-speed, tight, ripping action.

“As it comes through the water, the way the blade works makes it push a lot of water to the front of the bait rather than off to its side like a spinnerbait does,” Covington said. “It’s kind of like a ship pushing water because it has a lot of front and backward movement as that blade kicks around.”

Pushing water to the front rather than to the side may be just enough of a difference for bass to feel this bait approaching them long before they would feel a spinnerbait.

And, for Covington, the blade is reason enough alone to fish a chatter bait over a swimming jig.

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Chris Ginn has been covering hunting and fishing in Louisiana since 1998. He lives with his wife Jennifer and children Matthew and Rebecca along the Bogue Chitto River in rural Washington Parish. His blog can be found at

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