It’s no stretch to call the ChatterBait JackHammer bladed jig the hottest big bass lure of a generation. Tourney box scores and 5-star angler reviews tell the story. Consult any online tackle retailer and settle in for hours of glowing reports, piles of monster bass pix attached for good measure. There’s authentic excitement behind anglers’ words— the sort of language that can only result from epic days on the water. Check Rufus from Indiana, Trey from Texas, BankfishVince, Guy from Montreal, Git’r Dun from Guntersville. Lots of . . . BEST bladed jig on the market! Caught my PB! Worth every penny. When the blade stops thumping, set the hook! What else can I say? Actually, with four newly minted JackHammer color patterns, plenty.
Five years and goodness knows how many tournament wins and personal best bass have passed since Z-Man pro Brett Hite and Japanese bass legend Morizo Shimizu helped EverGreen International build JackHammer no.1, equipping it with the finest hand-picked terminal tackle on the planet. The lure also inherited Z-Man’s patented head-to-blade connection and exclusive hex-shaped ChatterBlade®—two of the sport’s more underrated tackle innovations.
Soon, the ChatterBait JackHammer became known variously as The One, Vibe Machine and even, unnamed bladed jig by tourney-winning anglers sponsored by other companies. By now, endless unsuccessful attempts to mimic its easy-starting, vivid vibrating, hard-hunting, bass-attracting attributes have only increased the JackHammer’s street cred.
The man behind the JackHammer, Hite recently took a deep dive on the lure’s origins, divulging four new color patterns along the way. “The JackHammer is quite simply the Ferrari of bladed bass jigs,” says Hite, the Phoenix, Arizona bass pro who has won over a million dollars on ChatterBaits alone.
“Everything about its design is high-level and ultra-refined,” he notes. “We’ve always insisted on primo, refined components, line-tie to hookpoint. Like the sharpest Gamakatsu® heavy wire flipping hook. A double-wire trailer keeper that locks soft plastics tight to the jighead. Even the line-tie is tricked-out— a high-grade Decoy® Egg Snap. Like I said, Ferrari,” Hite laughs.