What is it?
Z Man/Evergreen Chatterbait Jack Hammer
What sets it apart?
Partnering with Japanese lure maker Evergreen, South Carolina-based Z Man recently introduced this highly-refined model, which bears the insightful design inputs of Bassmaster Elite Series pros Brett Hite and Morizo Shimizu. Key features include an exclusive, low center of gravity head with a flat bottom and a strong, super thin stainless steel blade. This combination gets the party started immediately, as the Jack Hammer quickly breaks into that fish-tempting vibration, with an authentic side-to-side hunting action that resembles a real baitfish.
How do I use it?
Available in 10 colors with 3/8- and 1/2-ounce sizes, the Z Man/Evergreen Chatterbait Jack Hammer features a channeled groove along the bottom of the head, which positions the blade low enough to strike the head and produce its signature “chattering” sound without falling out of the eyelet. The bait’s made with a Gamakatsu Heavy Wire Hook, twin wire bait keepers and a hand-tied silicone rubber skirt.
Following Hite’s advice on bladed jigs is tantamount to asking Michael Phelps’ advice on swim goggles. So, when you see his name, along with that of Japanese rock star Shimizu attached to a new product, it’s a safe bet it’s a dialed in deal. That thin blade helps prevent the bait from blowing out or rising out of the strike zone on fast retrieves, while the immediacy of the chattering action benefits short sidearm casts to close targets.