A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting Guy Eaker at his home here in North Carolina. If you haven’t heard, Guy has a veritable museum at his house when it comes to bass fishing memorabilia, tackle and anything else that’s relative to the fishing industry. He was kind enough to spend the entire day going through old memorabilia he’s accumulated over the course of his 40-year career in the industry. But that’ll be another story for another time and one you won’t want to miss.
All that aside, there was one thing that I saw at Guy’s house that jogged my memory and is something I can share with you today as a stand-alone piece. That one thing was the Eaker Shaker.
Developed by Eaker and a friend in the 90s, the curved blade was designed to be placed in front of a jig or soft plastic in order to give it more action. Attach the Eaker Shaker with the snap provided, cast the bait out and slowly wind it back to the boat. The resulting action would vibrate your rod tip and bring a different look and feel to an otherwise normal bait.
The bait had a lot of promise, so much so that Eagle Claw bought the rights to market and sell it. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, the accessory never really caught on with the fishing masses.
Then comes the FLW Stren event on Lake Okeechobee in 2006.
Brian Thrift won that event hands down on a “new” bait called the ChatterBait ®. If you were heading to Florida that year, you had to have them and if you could find any, you didn’t mind laying down the going rate of $25 for each of them.
It’s crazy how something can be invented and lost before its time. The Eaker Shaker is proof of that. I can say that I personally thought the Eaker Shaker was a crazy thought. I saw them on TV and in ads and never once considered buying one, let alone using one. I can’t say I was alone in those thoughts – I never knew or fished with anyone who used it. Now you won’t find me leaving the house without at least 50 ChatterBaits ® in the boat.
Now it’s off to eBay to try and find some of Guy’s old metal blades. I want to try them out myself – after all these years of poking fun at them.