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ZMan Fishing Introduces The ChatterBait Freedom Jigby Grant Pentiricci February 29, 2016
I really think that all the anglers competing in theMarch 2, 2016
Z-Man Fishing is introducing the ChatterBait Freedom vibrating jig as a new addition to its lineup at the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic, which is taking place on March 4-6 on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The ChatterBait Freedom launch is the culmination of a product partnership between Z-Man and Canada-based Freedom Tackle Corp. that merges Z-Man’s patented head-to-blade connection with Freedom Tackle’s interchangeable, swinging-hook design made possible by the company’s proprietary internal connection. The result is an all-new bladed jig that allows for easy hook changes, infinite lure customization and snag-free fishing. As important, the new product launch showcases the sharing of advancements and intellectual property between two tackle companies that also share the common goal of providing anglers with a unique—and genuinely better product offering.
“We’ve been prototyping and testing bladed jigs with swinging hooks for several years now, and the best design we’ve found—bar none—is Freedom Tackle’s interchangeable hook design because it not only allows for easy customization and weedless rigging, but prevents fouling altogether,” states Z-Man President, Daniel Nussbaum. “While other companies in the industry seem intent on copying and working around the intellectual property of others, we felt that we could provide anglers with the best product possible by partnering with another innovator like Freedom.”
And, the top brass at Freedom Tackle Corp. share in Nussbaum’s excitement.
“For years, we’ve been asked by customers to create a vibrating jig with our advanced interchangeable hook design to complement our successful lineup,” remarks Michael Tamburro, Freedom’s CEO and founder. “Instead of building our own lure that lacked the direct head-to-blade connection that makes ChatterBait brand bladed jigs so effective, we chose to partner with the leader in this bait category.”
The ChatterBait Freedom jigs come 1 per pack and are available in 3/8oz and 1/2oz weights. They will be offered in the following colors:
- Green Pumpkin
- Threadfin Shad
Heralded by its ability to produce an erractic crankbait action, jig profile, and enticing spinnerbait flash—all in a single, bait—Z-Man’s bladed swim jig design has arguably accounted for more bass tournament winnings in the last 10 years than any other lure. The addition of Freedom’s swinging hook design enables soft plastic trailers to be Texas rigged so that they exhibit a free, natural, and weedless swimming action, and first internal hook connection eliminates fouling and allows for quick and easy hook changes. Each ChatterBait Freedom lure is constructed with an extra-strong quick clip for increased durability and a skirt that rides on the neck of a 5/0 VMC X Long Wide Gap hook.
Our team is very interested to see if the pros throw any of the new ChatterBait Freedom jigs during the 2016 Classic as we are certain that they have been very involved in its development. Perhaps the ChatterBait Freedom Jig will be the hot hand this year? Who knows, only time will tell. This is certainly the right time of the year for a vibrating jig.
We will certainly be trying these jigs out for ourselves and completing a thorough on the water review, so keep your eyes peeled for this one!
UPDATE March 2, 2016: MSRP on the Z-Man website is $8.49, and it’s available for pre-order on Tacklewarehouse via this link for $7.99.
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Grant is the Founder of AnglingAuthority.com. While he primarily fishes for large mouth and small mouth bass, he’s passionate about sport fishing in general and an avid multispecies angler. Learning about new tactics, gear, species and conditions is all part of what makes the sport challenging and enjoyable. Grant also loves to travel, particularly to prime fishing destinations. Grant participates in regional tournaments and is a proud pro staff member of State Apparel, Power-Pole and Gambler Lures. Grant is a member of B.A.S.S, Canadian Bass Anglers Federation and Ontario Federation of Anglers & Hunters.More by Grant Pentiricci