Brett Hite talks JackHammerin’ rocks.
Said a few weeks back that I’ve been doing this but don’t think (?) I’ve read anything where Brett was talkin’ ’bout it. So I called him and:
> “That’s kind of why we make that 1.25 or even the 3/4-oz…letting it go to the bottom…can fish a flat with isolated rocks or [just rocks] or whatever.
> “I like to cast out there and let it go to the bottom instead of yo-yoing it like you do with a ‘Trap, which you can do. I almost side-sweep it so it keeps it a little lower to the bottom — side-sweep it, feel the vibration, let it go back to the bottom. That way you’re not raising it off the bottom so much.
> “And for the best hookup ratio [with Chatterbaits] it’s best not to do an upwards worm or jig-type hookset. It’s best to do a side sweep so you’re already in that position….
> “You can cover a lot of water on a deeper flat, fishing rock or a channel ledge….
> “A lot of times they hit it when you go to pull it, if the bait runs into something or when you’e letting it go back to the bottom. Sometimes it will feel like jig bite or sometimes the line just goes slack or you go to pull it again and it’s just heavy.”
Fwiw I do this with a 1/2-oz bait just fine, and my bud only yo-yos it. For whatever reason, sometimes strikes come right by the boat. Tiddybits from Brett:
> Trailer: “Either the paddletail Zako or just the original Zako.” If trying to mimic a crawfish: “…some kind of creature bait will work too…..”
> “Below 48 degrees they seem to really start getting off of it.”
He uses the same setup for rock as grass: 7′ 3″ H glass Evergreen signature Combat Stick, Daiwa Tatula SV (6.3), 20-lb Sunline FC Sniper fluoro.
In case you’re interested like I am, the JackHammer snaps are #2 Decoy Egg Snaps. I’m gonna get some and put them on regular Chatterbaits to see if there’s a difference. Tip on this from Brett:
> “Every once in a while, when you’re in grass a bunch, the clip will come undone…opens up. Take little drop of superglue or some epoxy and just dab it on there — it’s a little insurance deal.”