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Old 03-17-2012, 12:12 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Sorry I didnt see your question Merc. It was stuck inside the quote. I edited it and placed it outside now

but to answer your question...

the reason why bass hit short sometimes, requiring a trailer hook, from what I can surmise, is one of two reasons. First reason I think may just be because they are not really intent on eating it but more intent on saying "hey you get out of my territory" The second I think may be that the bass just miscalculates and misses it's mark, coming up short.
yes, fish might just butt at the lure sometimes, but as far as eating bass rarely miss. i do not know if you have ever had the chance to visually watch bass feed. they are a eating machine and it is a rarity that they ever miss. therefore, it is my view that we or what we are fishing with is causing them to miss for some reason. keep thinking about it, and you might arrive at the solution.
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Old 03-17-2012, 02:26 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Buzzbaits are awesome, first of all. So much fun to fish! But, I think they miss for 2 reasons. First is angler error; setting the hook too soon/late. Second is the lure itself; blade design, head/skirt color, retrieve speed, etc. They get close and something's not quite right. They also may not get a good look at it in all the blade commotion. I know I made a field adjustment to all my buzzers and get a 90% hook-up ratio. I bend the head down about 45 degrees, not for tuning the bait, but to put the hooks and skirt lower in the water so the bass can key in on it better. I also change most of my skirts to blue/white belly so it looks like a shad skittering across the water's surface. Started doing that early last fall after getting tired of a 50% hook-up ratio. I've landed several bass over 6 pounds after the adjustment. I also like to take my buzzbaits and tie them off my radio antenna on the way to the lake. Makes them have a little squeak you don't get out of the package, that helps too.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:49 PM   #23 (permalink)
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bassholejoel is going to get the blue ribbon for recognizing that the target (head, hook, and skirt) on a standard buzzbait is not recognizable to the fish. it is running in the bubbles coming off the prop, and the bass can not tell where the target is exactly. basically all buzzbaits need a redesign.
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:37 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Agreed. My trick for bending the head down helps because the target is out of the 'propwash' made by the buzz blade. The buzzbait made by I think Bill Dance that has a 12 or 18 inch long arm has a good hook-up ratio too because the hook and head are far enough back the bass can home in on it clearly. I wish buzzbaits had a higher hook-up ratio, but I don't know how to rework or redesign the basic lure and still have it be successful. I try to tweak it, but that's all I can think to do. Any ideas for improving it?
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Agreed. My trick for bending the head down helps because the target is out of the 'propwash' made by the buzz blade. The buzzbait made by I think Bill Dance that has a 12 or 18 inch long arm has a good hook-up ratio too because the hook and head are far enough back the bass can home in on it clearly. I wish buzzbaits had a higher hook-up ratio, but I don't know how to rework or redesign the basic lure and still have it be successful. I try to tweak it, but that's all I can think to do. Any ideas for improving it?
i already have a new design, but i can not say what it is, as i intend to bring it to market at some point with the alpha jig line.
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Old 03-18-2012, 07:08 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Any way I could field test it? I'd love to try it out and give you feedback and pictures. I'd sign a non-disclosure and privacy agreement to test it for you. I've been involved with field testing prototypes for fishing lures/gear before, so I'm familiar with the procedure. I'm not looking for any money or free stuff, I'd pay you for a lure or 2. Or I can be on your prostaff and field test it. Buzzers are one of my favorite lures to throw! Either way just looking to help a fellow buzzbait enthusiast out!
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