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Which Chatterbait Trailer Style Should You Pick?

Styles of Chatterbait Trailer

Straight Tail Trailer

The top-selling chatterbait trailer style in our collection is characterized by a straight tail, such as the Hog Farmer or the Missile Baits Spunk Shad. Increasing in popularity is Z-Man's Chatterspike, possessing that popular thin, straight tail. The thin tail has little resistance in the water, which in turn, allows the bait to mimic natural forage movements more seamlessly. In contrast to tail variants, like a boot tail, that can cause significant vibration and potentially disrupt the chatterbait from its path, these models are easier to control for depth and exhibit a remarkably natural hunting action. Hence, that's why, in my opinion, this family of straight tail chatterbait trailers is incredibly popular.

Missile Baits Spunk Shad

3 1/2" / Bombshell

Color: Bombshell

Bombshell
Bruiser Flash
Frosted Purple
Goby Bite
Green Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin Delight
Lava Craw
Superbug
Length: 3 1/2"

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Hog Farmer Bait Company Spunk Shad Pintail

3 1/2" / Albino

Color: Albino

Albino
Black & Blue Flake
Blizzard Gizzard
Blue Gizzard
Chartreuse Pearl
Chartreuse Shad
Crystal Shad
Disco Shad
Electric Shad
Ghost Gill
Ghost Minnow
Green Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin Chartreuse
Green Pumpkin Magic
Junebug
Morning Dawn
Natural Gill
Sexy Shad
Sunfish
Tennessee Magic
Tennessee Shad
Blow Torch
Hematoma Swirl
Electric Blue Chartreuse
Length: 3 1/2"

Stock: 5+

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Z-Man Chatterspike

Bad Shad / 4 1/2"

Color: Bad Shad

Bad Shad
Black/Blue Laminate
Bluegill
Chartreuse/White
Electric Shad
Fire Craw
Green Pumpkin
Hot Snakes
Pearl
The Deal
Length: 4 1/2"

Stock: 5+

$4.99

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Minnow Style Trailer

Next up is the minnow style, exemplified by one of its most popular families, the Yamamoto Zako. I have a small 3 inch version of it here to demonstrate its impressive looks; Yamamoto really knows what they're doing here.

This is ideal for situations where you're slowly fishing in clear water and seeking the most realistic presentation possible. The straight or forked tail minnow presentations are incredibly popular for this purpose. Some anglers prefer the horizontal style tails, but those straight up and down tails are gaining a lot of traction lately. If you browse the site, you'll find a wide variety of these minnow-inspired versions of baits, like the Berkley Powerstinger. Using them doesn't alter the action of the chatterbait in any way. They solely enhance it's realism in the water.

Yamamoto Zako Swimbait

3" / Black/Blue Fleck

Color: Black/Blue Fleck

Black/Blue Fleck
Blue Craw
Chartreuse/Electric Blue
Chartreuse Shad Laminate
Cream White
Electric Shad
Fire Craw
Green Gizzard
Green Pumpkin/Black Fleck
Pro Blue
Rainbow Shad
Sexy Shad
Sight Flash
Smallmouth Magic
Tennessee Shad
Watermelon Copper/Orange Fleck
Disco Green
Green Pumpkin/Lemon Laminate
Green Pumpkin White Laminate
Tilapia Magic
Watermelon Black/FLK
Zako
Length: 3"

Stock: 5+

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Berkley PowerBait PowerStinger Swimbait

3 1/2" / Black Blue Fleck

Color: Black Blue Fleck

Black Blue Fleck
Electric Shad
Ghost Red Craw
Green Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin Pearl White
HD Bluegill
HD Gizzard Shad
HD Stealth Minnow
HD Yellow Perch
Okeechobee Craw
Pearl White
Sight Flash
Sun Gill
Swamp Gas
Tennessee Shad
Watermelon Copper/Orange w/Red
Length: 3 1/2"

Stock: 5+

$8.99

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Split-Tail Craw Trailer

Now for something a bit controversial. Many swear by craw style trailers with twin kicking legs for swimming a jig, putting a lot of faith into these. Why would you use these with a chatterbait, you might ask? Well, they help the chatterbait remain shallow and create the imagery of a fleeing crayfish or bluegill in shallow waters.

These trailers create a unique commotion in the water. I've witnessed some highly skilled tournament anglers have great success using trailers like the Zoom Z Craw or a Strike King Rage Craw. They've got a twin tail kicking action that really stands out in shallow water, particularly when you're trying to keep the bait just above the vegetation or navigating through pad stalks. These trailers are indeed very effective for their unique applications.

Zoom Z Craw

Black Sapphire / 4 1/4"

Color: Black Sapphire

Black Sapphire
Blueberry
California 420
Green Pumpkin
Junebug
Rootbeer Pepper Green
South Africa Special
Tilapia
Watermelon Red
Watermelon Red Magic
Watermelon Seed
White Pearl
Length: 4 1/4"

Stock: 5+

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Strike King Rage Craw

Amber Green Black / 4"

Color: Amber Green Black

Amber Green Black
Bama Craw
Big Tex
Black Blue Flake
Black Blue Swirl
Black Neon
Blue Bug
Blue Craw
Blue Craw Red Flake
Blue Sapphire
California Craw
Candy Craw
Chartreuse Pepper
Crawdaddy
Delta Red
Dirty Craw
Double Header - Red
Falcon Lake Craw
Fire Craw
Green Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin Pearl Belly
Green Pumpkin Purple & Gold
Green Pumpkin Purple Swirl
Green Pumpkin Sapphire
Hard Candy
June Bug
MM Moonlight
Moon Juice
Motor Oil Red
Okeechobee Craw
PB & J
Pearl
Plum Crazy
Roadkill
South African Special
Summer Craw
Sungill
Tequila Sunrise Orange Flake
Watermelon Meat
Watermelon Red
Length: 4"

Stock: 5+

$6.99

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Boot Tail Trailer

Lastly, let's discuss boot tails. For the longest time, chatterbait purists would insist on avoiding them as they believed the action of the boot tail hindered the chatterbait's hunting action due to the resistance it created.

However, I've noticed and many anglers have achieved considerable success using boot tails in murkier waters. The boot tail creates a disruption at both ends of the bait, stirring up a lot of water. Although it may not move as sporadically as a zero-resistance trailer, it certainly creates a lot of commotion.

If you're confident that you're in an area populated by fish and you aim to create more disruption to get them to commit to the bait, a boot tail could be a good choice. However, from my own experience, I'd stick with the straight tail versions which I've had the most success with. Yet remember, there are always different options to consider for a variety of different scenarios.

Keitech Fat Swing Impact 3.8"

Alewife / 3.8"

Color: Alewife

Alewife
Arkansas Shiner
Ayu
Baby Bass
Bluegill
Bluegill Flash
Chartreuse Back Pearl
Chartreuse Flash
Clear Lake Hitch
Dark Sculpin
Electric Baby Bass
Electric Blue & Chartreuse
Electric Bluegill
Electric Junebug
Electric Shad
Emerald Shiner
Fire Craw
Ghost Rainbow Trout
Green Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin Chartreuse
Green Pumpkin Magic
Green Pumpkin Shad
Goby
Light Hitch
Lime Chartreuse
Melon Magic
Morning Dawn
Moroko Gold
Perch
Pink Magic
Pro Blue Red Pearl
Pro Green Red Pearl
Pro Purple
Sexy Ayu
Sexy Shad
Shad
Sight Flash
Silver Flash
Silver Shiner
Smallmouth Magic
Smoke Silver Flake
Smokin White
Sun Gill
Table Rock Shad
Tennessee Shad
Length: 3.8"

Stock: 5+

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Keitech Fat Swing Impact 3.3"

Ayu / 3.3"

Color: Ayu

Alewife
Arkansas Shiner
Ayu
Baby Bass
Bluegill
Bluegill Flash
Chartreuse Back Pearl
Chartreuse Flash
Clear Lake Hitch
Dark Sculpin
Electric Baby Bass
Electric Blue & Chartreuse
Electric Bluegill
Electric Junebug
Electric Shad
Emerald Shiner
Fire Craw
Ghost Rainbow Trout
Green Pumpkin
Green Pumpkin Chartreuse
Green Pumpkin Magic
Green Pumpkin Shad
Goby
Light Hitch
Lime Chartreuse
Melon Magic
Morning Dawn
Moroko Gold
Perch
Pink Magic
Pro Blue Red Pearl
Pro Green Red Pearl
Pro Purple
Sexy Ayu
Sexy Shad
Shad
Sight Flash
Silver Flash
Silver Shiner
Smallmouth Magic
Smoke Silver Flake
Smokin White
Sun Gill
Table Rock Shad
Tennessee Shad
Length: 3.3"

Stock: 5+

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Hopefully this helped you pick your chatterbait trailer! Good luck with the next time you're out on the water and if you have more questions, feel free to reach out by email to hello@omniafishing.com or use the blue icon in the bottom left of the screen to chat live with us during business hours.