Buzzbaits 101: Session #2
By: Dennis Bryant "Fishing-Professor"
Now, On With Session 2 of
Without trying to make a
short story long, this session will be short & sweet!
When To Use Buzzbaits - Buzzbaits
can be used anytime that you want to actively cover a large
area, in a very short period of time, to pick up only aggressive
fish! Remember; buzzbaits cause a strictly reflex strike
from Bass, as well as a lot of other game fish. Nighttime
or daytime, a buzzbait can cover a lot of water in a short
period of time, with an unusually excellent success rate!
(Slow the retrieve considerably at night and early morning,
just to give the fish a better chance to locate & hone-in
on the lure!) Buzzbaits work extremely well in three of
the four seasons throughout the United States. If you're
lucky enough to live in an area where the water doesn't
get hard in the winter; it's a complete ‘year-round lure’.
And that's for sure! Presentation speed seems to be the
only seasonal differences (faster in the summer, slower
in the winter, and in between -?- whatever speed the Bass
seem to want on a given day, give them!). A buzzbait is
a lot like fishing a top-water lure (because it is one).
There is no right or wrong time or place to use one! Just
master the where & how to fish them.
Where To Use Buzzbaits
- Remember the following hint: the direction
that the blade rotates is the direction that the lure will
run. Bump the structure (whatever it is) with a buzzbait,
just as much as is possible. A counterclockwise blade rotation
will run the lure to the left on retrieve. (when facing a
dock; use this lure to fish the right side of the dock) A
clockwise rotation of the blade will run the lure to the right
during the retrieve. (when facing a dock; use this lure to
fish the left side of the dock) The only buzzbait that runs
in a straight-line is a twin arm buzzbait with counter- rotating
- In Session #1 I gave you an idea of one perfect
situation where a buzzbait shows its' true colors (a weed-choked
cove, with emerged structure). It is my first 'bait of choice'
in a ‘near-perfect’ situation like that!
- Anytime that you enter an area that has predominantly
submerged weeds (allowing at least 3" to 6" of open water,
above what might look like solid weed-matting); seriously
consider using a buzzbait first!
- Anytime that you approach a long emerged
weed-bed, or a shoreline that has a lot of long submerged
grasses; seriously consider using a buzzbait first!
- The next time that you enter a cove that
has a shoreline covered with lily pads running from the edges
of the shore to a distance of more than 20 feet; seriously
consider using a buzzbait first!
- A buzzbait is an excellent tool for fishing
open stretches of water parallel to the bank, with water clarity
of more than 3 feet.
- Floating docks (bounce the lure off of the
- Piers, Bridge Pilings, and elevated docks
(bounce the lure off of the pilings).
- Riprap edges are an excellent place to fish
parallel to the shoreline, beginning at a depth of about 3
feet ( make the lure trail away from the shoreline).
- The deep-water and weeded outside edges of
a beach area..
- Swim-platforms (circle the platform, bumping
it as often as possible)
- Boats tied up to a dock (BE CAREFUL NOT TO
TOUCH THE BOAT)
- Fan-cast to weed-covered, exposed points
like you would with a crank-bait (extremely effective early
morning and late evening)
- Stumps, lay-downs, sunken structure (run
the bait into, alongside, and over the top of them)
I know that I only missed about
a thousand other places that a buzzbait can be used effectively.
Try it out yourself, and, I’m sure that you’ll get the hang
of it quick!
How To Use A Buzzbait
If you’ve followed session #1
& #2 you’ve read how to properly use a buzzbait. To just refresh
you memory a little bit:
Cast, or pitch the buzzbait to
and beyond your target. Control the direction of the lure
by choosing the correct rotation of the blade being used on
it. Begin the retrieve before the lure touches the water.
Keep your rod-tip raised during the entire retrieve. Retrieve
at a speed only fast enough to keep the blade at the surface,
making noise and splashing water steadily. Bump into the emerged
structure you might be fishing, very regularly. Do Not Set
The Hook Until You Feel The Weight Of The Fish! Don’t jump
the gun, and pull the lure out of the fish’s mouth! Fish a
buzzbait the same way that you would fish a crank-bait, only
at the surface!
Coming Next: Series # 3
which will deal with Correcting common-flaws that occur in
spinnerbaits & buzzbaits during normal use. "What To Do When
It Goes Bad – Murphy’s Law Redefined"
Dennis Bryant- Contact me with
your questions or comments at TheFishingProfessor@bassonhook.com
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