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Old 05-29-2011, 08:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When I first start bass fishing, I never picked up a buzzbait. I really didn't like them and I really didn't think that they would catch fish. I finally bought a Strike Kind double prop buzzbait and although I never caught a fish on it, I finally broke the ice and discovered that buzzbaits, if not catching fish, were a cool lure to use! It caused all sorts of noise, which to bass angler is perfectly acceptable! About 3 years ago, I started playing around with silicone strands for skirts and discovered that buzzbaits are awesome lures to use. I tweaked colors and produced two nice Lake Nickajack bass when a co-worker's husband told me that I wouldn't catch anything so late in the day on a buzzbait. 3.5 lbs. and 4 lbs. respectively.

So, let's start this catalog off with topwaters, and more specifically, buzzbaits.

I quickly found out that while the store bought buzzbait skirt colors are well and good, I quickly found out that making your own skirts that bass haven't seen will produce some of the most destructive strikes a bass can put on a bass lure. You get to determine which skirts will produce on a given lake and adjust accordingly. You can make a skirt for bass that are chasing blueback herrings, sunfish, or shad. You can even make a skirt that looks like a small bass!

Also, I have found that if the bass in a given body of water aren't reacting to well, over time, to your buzzbaits, that drilling holes in the blades will cause the prop to produce bubbles. Switching from a solid blade to a holey blade gives the bass something different to key into and can often produce strikes when the standard blade goes ignored.
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Old 05-30-2011, 07:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I started using Buzzbaits much more last season...I never had much use for them, because I thought they were just too fast for most fish....
Boy, was I wrong...Aggressive Bass will absolutely crush a Buzzbait.
My best results come when I retrieve them as slow as possible, while still keeping them up top. I also seem to get better results when the blade puts out a "squeel" during the retrieve. You want to make sure the blade spins freely, and gets started easily...
My Buzzbaits of choice are Cavitrons.
As QuantumLeap stated, having holes in the blades seems to create a bubble action that in my opinion, helps solicit more strikes. The other thing I think is a big factor is selecting a Buzzbait that has a downward bent lower wire, allowing the head and skirt to run just a tad more under the surface. I believe this gets more hooks up, due to the fact the Bass don't have to "bust the surface" as much to get ahold of the business end of the bait. When they bust the surface, they have a tendency to push the bait up out of the water before you can really get a hookset.
Personally, I rarely use trailer hooks on my BuzzBaits now that I am using the styles of Buzzbaits that I just mentioned.



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Question about trailer hooks. I've never used one on a buzz bait, but I'm gonna start. Do you put the hook on pointed the same direction as the main hook ?
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Question about trailer hooks. I've never used one on a buzz bait, but I'm gonna start. Do you put the hook on pointed the same direction as the main hook ?
It will stay more snag free if you attach it with the hook upwards...I can't attest to which way allows for the best hook-ups however.



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Old 05-30-2011, 04:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Great tips so far! Keep it up! I would love to see between 25-50 tips for each lure! Remember, we are trying to help out any angler that is wanting to make their fishing more productive! Don't be scared to share your tips!
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Remember to make them squeak. I take needlenose pliers and crimp the rivet at the end of the wire that the blade hits. I also scar up the ends where the blade and the rivet meet. The more friction you create for the blade the better the squeak.
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I also love fishing buzzbaits, they seem to draw more quality strikes than most other lures. I like to fish them around cypress trees and docks, if you can make it bump into the structure, on the retireve you can get some viscious strikes.

Always keep a worm or some type soft plastic rigged on another rod and have it ready, if a fish misses the buzzbait, you can usually throw the soft plastic back to the spot and get the fish to bite.

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Keep it coming folks! I have updated my file with the new tips.....and some of you might not have known you inserted a tip, but you did! This topic will last until Saturday evening and on Sunday, we will go on to the next topic!
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If there is anyone else that is wanting to add tips to the Bassholes Lure Tips Catalog, please add them over the course of Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, we will start with the next topic and will start adding tips to these. Any tip that you can add will be very beneficial to the catalog, no matter how insignificant you may think that tip to be. It is my hope that beginning anglers and novices alike will download this catalog and learn something from it. Thanks to those that have posted information so far!
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