Consider the past three Bassmaster Classics. In 2019, tournament champion Ott DeFoe flung crankbaits but noted that his key lure on Championship Sunday was a “3/8-ounce unnamed bladed jig, chartreuse-white, with an unnamed pearl white, fluke-style trailer.”
Inevitably, fans and media arrived at the same conclusion: the winning unnamed bladed jig was, in fact, a Z-Man ChatterBait JackHammer.
Well before last week’s Classic was underway, of course, the JackHammer had certainly become a well-known commodity— a bigtime confidence lure celebrated for its propensity to induce mega bass bites. At the 2020 Lake Guntersville Classic, seven of the top thirteen anglers—none of them sponsored by Z-Man— called the JackHammer an instrumental lure.
2nd Place – In spite of copious post-tournament coverage focusing on lipless crankbaits, second-place finisher Todd Auten actually caught ten of the fifteen bass he weighed on a ½-ounce ChatterBait JackHammer. Auten retrieved the lure through shallow eelgrass, in attempts to trigger prespawn bass made somewhat sluggish by the cooling water. Each time the ChatterBait grabbed a plant stalk, Auten would rip the lure free, often inciting an immediate strike.
Of particular intrigue was the JackHammer pattern tied to Auten’s bladed jig rod—a bright orange number known as Fire Craw. Earlier this year, Major League Fishing Tour angler Jordan Lee showcased the pattern at a tournament, prompting fellow anglers to snatch up as many of the red-hot color as they could find. (The radiant orange JackHammer pattern has apparently become such a hot seller that recent eBay auctions have fetched between $60 and $100 for a single lure.)
In addition to 1st, 2nd and 4th place finishes, four more anglers in the top 13 called the JackHammer one of their most important baits:
- 6th place – John Crews cast a ½-ounce JackHammer (Hite’s Hot Craw), a flipping jig and a Spro crankbait.
- 10th place – Matt Herren clutched a pair of rods tied to ½-ounce JackHammers, a White and a Green Pumpkin pattern. He also tossed an XCalibur lipless crankbait.
- 11th place – Jason Williamson threw a White 3/8-ounce JackHammer, a ½-ounce jig and a Booyah lipless crank.
- 13th place – David Mullins relied on a ½-ounce JackHammer (Spot Remover) and a 6-inch swimbait.
“On Sunday, I caught my limit on a Rapala DT-6 crankbait and then went searching for kickers. Throwing the same JackHammer combo, I caught a 5-plus and a 4 and culled out two of my smaller bass. The limit moved me up five places in the standings.
“Out of the five biggest fish I have caught in my life,” Buck attests, “four of them ate a ChatterBait JackHammer. I caught my personal best 9-pounder this year on Sam Rayburn during the first Tackle Warehouse (FLW) Pro Circuit event. The JackHammer simply catches the largest bass in the lake. But it also produces lots of bites—that’s a winning combination in a tournament, or just for a fun day on the water.”
Designed by Japanese lure maker Evergreen International, in cooperation with professional angler Brett Hite, the ChatterBait JackHammer remains the most refined and highest-grade bladed jig ever produced. Smartly integrated elements such as a flat-bottom, low center of gravity head and super hard stainless steel blade enable the JackHammer to start vibrating immediately, stay deep and “hunt” in an erratic, side-to-side motion that consistently produces big bites.