||08-13-2012 06:52 AM
Get A Buzz On
Saw this article on fishing wire and wanted to share it. Great article on buzz bait.
Get A Buzz On
Throw a jumbo topwater plug like a Super Spook or a Sammy for an hour and your wrists will be talking to you for days. It takes a lot of energy and a lot of Advil to keep on powering these big lures in the Z-wake configuration known as "walking the dog", but that's what it takes to make them work-and they do work great in the first and last hours of daylight, spring through fall, for largemouth bass nationwide.
But for those of us whose wrists are not quite what they once were, there's an easier way to provoke those topwater strikes we all love to see. Buzzbaits, basically spinnerbaits with minimal weight and oversized blades that make them stay on the surface, not only catch lots of fish, they're very easy on the angler; simply cast them as far as you can, then crank them back. The fish do the rest.
And, they're great for covering lots of water fast-even faster than you can manage with a topwater or a jerkbait. They're among the most weedless of lures-a big advantage in places bass like to hide much of the year. You can't fish these spots at all with treble-hook topwaters.
They're also good "fish finders", which is to say they sometimes cause bass to roll at them without taking the lure. If you cast back to the spot where the strike came with a soft plastic jerkbait or a lightly-weighted worm, most times you'll catch the fish that you wouldn't even have known was there without casting the buzzbait.
Buzzbaits come in a wide variety of configurations, and sometimes it's the bigger and noisier the better. Some companies combine two favorites, the frog and the buzzbait, to make a killer lure for the slop that grows on many lakes in late fall. Bobby's Perfect Buzz from Snag Proof is one of these lures that works well, and has the added advantage of floating; you can stop it in potholes and bob it in place, sometimes drawing strikes that the steady retrieve necessary with typical buzzbaits would miss.
Often, the biggest, raunchiest buzzbait is the one that draws the biggest fish. Some even have twin blades, doubling the ruckus as they sputter across the surface.
But some expert anglers like Captain Jimmy Mason, who guides the TVA lakes in northern Alabama, have also learned that at times, a smaller lure gets more solid hookups.
"A big buzzbait picks up the weeds and stops working in the thicker stuff," says Mason. "A smaller blade comes through the heavy hydrilla or milfoil better than a larger lure, but it creates noise and flash to draw the strikes. I like a chrome blade for the flash."
Some pros also note that locating the right weed density is critical in success with a buzzbait.
If the weeds are really thick and there are no cuts or potholes, the buzzbait is not a great choice. But where the weeds are scattered, growing to the surface but providing lots of potholes where the fish can see the lure and run it down, it's a great choice.
Best retrieve is usually a steady retrieve that causes the blades to throw water, but twitching the rod now and then to make the lure lurch ahead often triggers strikes.
Buzz baits are not only good in weeds but also over brush, around docks-and even over open-water flats after dark, particularly in clear water lakes.
Bass can be caught on a buzzbait from March through November most years; cold weather can push the fish deep and slow the bite, but for most of the year, it's smart to have one tied on one of your rigs and ready for action.
about pictures below:
#1 A buzzbait sputters across the surface of the thickest weeds without snagging anything but lunker bass. (Frank Sargeant photo)
#2 Some buzzbaits like these from Snag Proof include soft plastic frog bodies that make them even more appealing to bass--and also keep the lures afloat if you want to stop the retrieve briefly. (Frank Sargeant photo)