Make Your Own Chatterbaits!
Rad Lures inability to meet its demand has caused several companies to come out with similar baits (i.e. Venom Rattle Shakes, Fishin Magician Voo-Doos & Gambler Swim Blades). At the same time, fishermen have always been a bit of a resourceful bunch, so many anglers have been toying with making chatter-type-baits on their own. I have talked to several guys that have been able to get their hands on one and they have been cutting tracing patterns onto various thin metal sheets and then cutting them out with tin snips. I talked to one fellow federation member who cut blades out of a soup can. He said he got excellent vibration plus it was shiny on one side and dull on the other. And some guys with machine background have made their own dies for cutting out high runs of blades.
Now Venom lures is helping us help ourselves by producing a Venom Rattle Shake Kit. It is a 27 piece kit with several blades, decals, snaps, rings & trailer all for only $7.99. You just take these components and slap them on any old skirted jig you have and you are all set. If you do not want to spend the money, then just get your tin snaps out and give it a whirl.