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Why Don't You Call My Name? Evergreen and Zmans' Jack Hammer (continued)

 

Everything else about this bait is the same as any other vibrating jig product I've fished. It comes through weeds perfectly fine and hook up ratios are excellent with these baits because fish seem to crush them. You can fish this bait through weeds, over rocks, in and around dock pilings, and just about anywhere you'd throw a squarebill. Durability is very good.


Finishes reminiscent of a crankbait


With labels underneath the head reminding you of the bait's size

Design & Ergonomics: Aside from the afore mentioned features of this bait, Evergreen and Z Man are using realistic 3D eyes on the Jackhammer and very subtle, molded gill plates in the jighead. There's a small channel beneath the line tie in the head of the jig, but the line tie does not move. Of course, the stainless steel coffin blade is pierced directly by the line tie which is what gives the bait its unique chatter.


This color combination looked pretty good


Apparently, this little guy thought so too!

Price & Applications: The one thing I hear from recreational and pro anglers alike when discussing the Jack Hammer is why is it so expensive? Don't let the bait's simple packaging fool you. If you compare the quality of how this bait is put together: the intricate paint in the head, the measures to make sure the hook point is sharp straight out of the package, the practice of hand tying the skirt to the jighead, all of this adds up.


The one thing I hear from recreational and pro anglers alike when discussing the Jack Hammer is why is it so expensive?


Well, the devil and cost is honestly in the details

Ratings

Evergreen/Z Man Chatterbait Jack Hammer Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This is as nicely crafted a bladed jig product as I've seen 9
Performance Easy to cast and comes through obstructions very easily 8.5
Price Probably the most expensive vibrating jig on the market 6
Features For me, it's all about that hand tied skirt... the Gamakatsu hook, stainless steel blade, double wire hook keeper are all secondary benefits 9
Design (Ergonomics) Available in 12 colors and 4 sizes 8.5
Application Good tool in search of active fish in both open water and through weeds 8

Total Score

8.17

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Hand tied skirt - These baits don't come inexpensively
+ Intricate paint  
+ Gamakatsu hook  
+ Very good vibrating/chatter action  

Conclusion: It's taken me a while but I guess I'm officially on the vibrating/bladed jig bandwagon. There's no denying the effectiveness of this bait category so I can understand Z Man working so hard to stay on top of their patent rights. On the flip side, it's good to see companies getting together to make things work out for both parties.

I was a skeptic, but after going through our normal review paces with this bait, it's going to be a staple in my tackle box from now on

 

Sure, the pie gets cut into more pieces, and maybe, just maybe, we the consumer have to pay a higher price because of it, but if the result is a product like the Jack Hammer, I'll gladly pay the premium for a bait of this quality and performance. Truthfully, given the bait's price, I was a skeptic, but after going through our normal review paces with this bait, it's going to be a staple in my tackle box from now on. Z Man and Evergreen's Jack Hammer Chatterbait has won this Editor's Choice Award.

 

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