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Jack Hammer
« on: April 11, 2018, 05:58:28 PM »
$15 for a chatterbait have to admit I bought some. Do I need an INTERVENTION? They were on sale. Lol


I made one prototype for fishing letdowns and bushes....flat eye arkie with fiber guard. Went through the wood and caught some nice ones......before I did lose it. Glad it wasn't 15 bucks!


Made an order when I got home on Sunday with LPO....got my order today. Will have a few dozen next trip out.

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Re: Jack Hammer
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2018, 08:31:05 AM »
Yep.. I have a bunch of them.. I have to be honest though, the regular chatterbait is $4 at walmart.. I do like the Jackhammers but are they $12-$15 better? I dont know.
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Re: Jack Hammer
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2018, 09:51:45 AM »
I couldn't get myself to keep buying them so I started making them.

There is nothing better than catching 5lbrs on your own baits! Plus when you tie one on take a cast then hear that mid flight line snap, watching your bait sail across the pond and the next zip code it doesn't hurt as much because it only cost me about $2...  (giggle)

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Re: Jack Hammer
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2018, 10:01:02 AM »
What is the big draw with the Jackhammer that's supposed to make them worth $15 - $20?

I've been making my own bladed jigs for a few years now and they catch a ton of bass for pennies on the dollar compared to the retail stuff.

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Re: Jack Hammer
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2018, 10:08:54 AM »
Gerald Swindel was hyping these up and now there all the rage!

They look good but 15 is hard to part with when the cheaper ones work good..

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Re: Jack Hammer
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2018, 10:17:12 AM »
Well the draw overall of the chatterbait vs home made is the blade connecting directly to the jig vs using a split ring on the home made versions. The blade clacking and making that "chatter" sound is the biggest difference. So I completely understand buying it vs making it. However, he regular one is $4.. the jackhammer is $16.. and really the differences are very minor. Really the jackhammer is made with higher quality components, but does that warrant the hiked up price. Either way.. I bought a bunch.. so we shall see. Swindle was funny during the classic talking about not being sponsored and having to pay $17 like all y'all.
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Re: Jack Hammer
« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2018, 10:25:45 AM »
Well the draw overall of the chatterbait vs home made is the blade connecting directly to the jig vs using a split ring on the home made versions.

Right. The patent that ZMan holds on the chatterbait is all about the direct connection of the blade to the jig. But I've gotta tell you that using a split ring is actually better in many ways.

When the bait is made with a split ring, it gives the jig more freedom of movement. This actually allows the blade and head to make contact during the retrieve, creating more noise than it could ever possibly make without the split ring.

Check out these two pics showing how much contact is made and the resulting missing paint on the head of the lure!





When I first started making them it was still possible to buy the heads that allowed the blade to connect directly. When those heads went away, I was frustrated. But as I spent time fishing with the new ones I had made, with the split ring, I found out how much better they are with the split ring!

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Re: Jack Hammer
« Reply #7 on: April 12, 2018, 04:50:55 PM »
I have never migrated away from the $5 and under Zman Chatterbaits myself. Honestly I don't see the advantage of the high end expensive chatterbaits when I know I will throw them into another timezone when they snap off like @Mitz said, or when I go fishing for the elusive Tree Trout. I have been looking into making my own bladed jigs now for a while, but I havent yet pulled the trigger. I really have been hesitant now, due to this video by Tactical Bassin on youtube.





These guys have some great tips, but from what Matt Allen said, is that he shies away from any chatterbait that has the dual split ring. Now I have @Curt - RI saying the split rings are a good thing  ??? I am not saying that these guys I have never met before and fish all the way across the country are right by any means. Because if curt says that split rings are better, I will put in a LPO order right now and make some to test out for myself. Well, here I am starting to ramble. Anyways, hopefully this adds a bit more confusion to the thread.
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Re: Jack Hammer
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2018, 08:24:39 PM »
@metz12 I was also hesitant, as I said, when I was no longer able to buy the parts to make them with no split ring. But just one day on the water with a "split ring bait" made a believer out of me.

Trust me when I tell you that if you make your own with a split ring, you'll never buy another ZMan bait again.  :nope: