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Finesse ChatterBait Techniques for Pressured Bass

In the high-pressure bass fishing world, Brett Hite has mastered various finesse techniques, from Neko rigging to even finesse ChatterBait fishing. Join Hite as he unveils his finesse ChatterBait tournament secrets for targeting hard-to-catch bass.

TACKLE USED (retail links)
• LURE – Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer StealthBlade, 1/2-ounce: Buy at Tackle Warehouse (, Buy at Bass Pro Shops (
• TRAILER – Yamamoto Zako, 3-inch: Buy at Tackle Warehouse (, Buy at Bass Pro Shops (
• ROD – Evergreen Combat Stick Casting Rod. 7’3′ Heavy: Buy at Tackle Warehouse (
• REEL – Daiwa Tatula Elite, 6.3:1: Buy at Tackle Warehouse (, Buy at Bass Pro Shops (
• LINE – Sunline Super FC Sniper Fluorocarbon, 14-pound: Buy at Tackle Warehouse (, Buy at Bass Pro Shops (

As a ChatterBait fishing expert, Hite shares his extensive knowledge of retrieval techniques with finesse bladed jigs. He stresses the significance of keeping the bait in the strike zone while avoiding snags in brush or grass. The ChatterBait JackHammer StealthBlade was designed to deliver a more subtle and tighter vibration. It’s an excellent option for challenging fisheries where you still want to cover water with a moving bait.

Hite breaks down the unique design attributes of the JackHammer StealthBlade. He covers the clear blade, wire trailer keeper, reduced skirt bulk, and thinner hook designed for lighter lines. So what’s the best ChatterBait trailer option ( His go-to is the downsized 3-inch Yamamoto Zako trailer for the ideal blend of profile and subtle action.

Gear selection plays an essential role in finesse ChatterBait fishing. Hite opts for a 7′ 3″ heavy power glass rod for the ideal power and parabolic action blend for accurate casts and effective hook sets. A reel with a 6.3:1 gear ratio provides the desired versatility in retrieval speed. He spools up with a 12- to 16-pound fluorocarbon for excellent castability, abrasion resistance, and low-visibility attributes.

Hite shares his go-to techniques for working the finesse ChatterBait, including strategic pauses and erratic retrieves to mimic hunting or deflection actions. He harnesses the bait’s subtle vibration by casting near bushes and other cover to trigger strikes from tentative bass unwilling to commit to other moving baits.

Check out our Best ChatterBaits for 2023 guide ( if you want to learn more about the versatile and effective bladed jig lure category.




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  1. That looks nothing like the Combat Stick's that are available to the public. So either Brett has his own special one that doesn't weigh 10 pounds lol or are they coming out with new ones?

  2. The chatterbait is an absolutely amazing lure. I throw it at night. Blue and black original chatterbait, 1/2 ounce with no trailer in about 12 feet of water and get one 3 pound largemouth after another. A steady retrieve is all you need in this case.

  3. Been using the Zodias 9:02 7’6” mh glass with a 6:1 Metanium mgl has been a pretty good combo imo.
    I have a pile of jackhammers and zero stealth blades When I find some on sale I’ll buy a few and see what I come up with.

  4. I have a tackle box full of them. I love the mini max pro and the original jackhammer. Shop around you can find them cheap. I use a Jordan Lee chatterbait rod, lews reel, 6:5:1, and I use black braid with a fluorocarbon leader or straight fluorocarbon line 14-20 lb line.

  5. I bought some chatterbaits, different brands and sizes but I cant get a damn bite on one of these to save my life. I haven't tried a clear blade due to the cost🤑 not knocking, just say'n

  6. This is the exact question I've had on my mind. I think the 1/4 oz. Mini-Chatterbait is also a very innovative, especially for a northern angler like me. However, I've wanted some advice on the optimal conditions for the downsized lure.

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