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Old 10-12-2011, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Put a buzz in their ears this fall

Put a buzz in their ears this fall
By Kevin VanDam
Oct 7, 2011

The leaves are changing rapidly here in Michigan and the nights are drawing cooler. That gets me revved up for buzzbait fishing.

Thereís nothing more exciting than having a big bass blow up on a buzzbait and now is when it can happen a lot. The bass are moving into the shallows to feed up and that will continue into late fall.

The buzzbait fits my style because itís a bait that covers a lot of water. Bass often are scattered over flats in the fall, so you need to keep moving until you find them. Itís also a bait that draws active fish from a long ways.

The lure gets stereotyped as being primarily effective over shallow grass, logs or stumps and stained water, but Iíve found it to be far more versatile than that. Some of my best days with a buzzbait have come when I was going down a bank casting the lure at no specific target.

You donít want a bait that is too visible for the situation. You want fish to see it but you donít want them to get a good look at it.

Blade color and skirts can make a difference. If you have a little chop on the water, it doesnít matter as much. The perfect day would be one in which it was cloudy, misting rain and breezy.

However, for low light conditions, I like black with a gold blade. If the water is clear, I like the bluegill-colored skirt that Strike King offers, with either a silver or gold blade. I like shad-colored skirts when fishing around shad and white or white/chartreuse in stained water. Generally, I prefer gold blades for low light days.

If Iím around a lot of big fish, I will go with the 3/8 ounce and a bigger blade. If itís tougher conditions and calmer water, Iíll use the 1/4 ounce so that the sound and action is a little subdued. And if itís real slick and sunny but the fish are still chasing shad, I will go to a 1/8 ounce.

Speed is critical. To be honest, most people fish a buzzbait too fast; you should fish it just fast enough to keep it on top of the water. I always add a trailer hook for short strikes, but if the bass are still hitting and missing the bait, slow it down even more.

To increase noise and slow the bait down, crimp the rivet behind the blade so it canít spin on the shaft. That allows the blade to squeak against the rivet and that drives bass crazy.

I also like to pull about 1/3 of the strands out of the skirt to reduce bulk and enable the head to ride a little deeper in the water. That also will get you more hookups.

Throw it on monofilament, not fluorocarbon, because it helps keep the bait on top.

While the buzzbait catches all sizes of fish, itís the big ones that canít resist it. And nothing gets an anglerís motor running faster than a big bass smashing a buzzbait!

Remember, itís all about the attitude!

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Old 10-18-2011, 08:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Good article Mark, buzzbaits are one of my favorite lures in the fall. I use a trailor hook 100% of the time, even around cover, it has caught me fish. By changing the cup in the blades you can run the bait faster or slower. By bending the blade down you can make it clack against the main wire making more noise, at times it helps. I put a Z bend in the wire right in front of the head, it helps it run true and lowers the head in the water helping with more hookups. Always make sure thwe bait is tuned correctly, wire not bent, top wire parallel with the bottom and knot tied in the loop where it belongs. If you bend the top wire one way or the other you can make it bump cover on the way by, such as dock posts, this will help attract more fish.
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