Source: B.A.S.S. Advanced Bass Fishing Skills: Best Lures, Techniques and Presentations
- To keep a buzzbait from tumbling and tangling on the cast, leave 18 inches of line between the lure and the rod tip.
- Heavy line prevents breakoffs in thick cover, and it helps keep the lure riding high on the surface.
- Maintaining the proper speed requires concentration. In most cases, listen for a steady plop-plop-plop cadence.
- The squeak of a buzz blade rotating on the wire seems to draw more strikes. To increase the noise, crimp the rivet a the end of the blade.
- Tie a buzzbait to your car’s radio antenna as you drive down the highway to “tune” the blade.
- For easier casting of 1/4-ounce and smaller buzzbaits, mash some split shot on the hook shank.
- Superlines, either fluorocarbon or braided lines, will aid in hook sets.
- Prime time for throwing a buzzbait is warm weather just prior to the passage of a cold front.
- Always keep a “comeback lure” – a worm, grub, or soft jerkbait – handy when fishing a buzzbait. If a bass misses the buzzer, throw into the same area with the slow sinking back-up (comeback lure) bait.
- Like most lures, buzzbaits come in a variety of colors. You can cover all the bases with white for bright days and black for darks skies.
- Cast beyond your target, and you’ll get super strikes. Tournaments have been won by anglers casting buzzbaits onto the banks and dragging them into the water.
- To prevent short strikes, trim the skirt to a point even with the belly of the hook.
Bonus Tip: Bass are notorious for striking buzzbaits and missing the hooks. For extra strike insurance, add a trailer hook to the main hook. Use a single stinger when the cover is thick, and a treble trailer hook in open water.