This presentation is designed to give a basic understanding of the characteristics of various styles and their use. Many anglers merely tie one on and start casting without any regard for seasonal patters and productive styles under varied water conditions. Sometimes they get lucky and score but it’s the informed angler who scores consistently with them.

Recommendation based upon my 42 years of fishing with Buzz-baits:

  • Spring- they can be productive once the spring water temps reach 60 degrees and stabilize. Single blade models in 1/4oz-either plastic or metal delta blades work best.

  • Post Spawn- This exciting period last for approximately two weeks when bass are still shallow and feeding aggressively. Metal delta blades with a clicker work best when there is a cut or slight ripple on the water’s surface. Small,1/8 oz, quad wing plastic blades are terrific for fishing over weed beds and pot holes-providing the surface is mirror smooth.

  • Summer- Moon phases can play a role in aggressive feeding activity but I prefer overcast and pre-frontal conditions to fish them. This is when the counter-rotating models with their churning and clicking metal blades provoke vicious strikes for bass.

  • Fall- declining water temperatures and fall bait fish schools can provide some fast and furious action.

Here are few tips to working a Buzz-bait.
Check Buzz-bait before casting; Properly tuned bait runs straight and produces a better surface commotion


  • 1. Close your bail or click your bait-caster into gear as the buzz-bait is still in the air @ the end of your cast (Before the Buzz-bait hits the water) so the retrieve starts the moment the buzz-bait touches the water’s surface. You do not want the buzz-bait to sink, especially in a weed bed resulting is a furious reeling attempt to get the buzz-bait back on the surface
  • 2. Parallel your target whether it is a weed- bed edge- sloping ledge into deep water or submerged tree. You’ll get more strikes and consistent hookups this way.
  • 3. Work your Buzz-bait across and down current when fishing in a creek or river. Retrieve against or with the wind when using single bladed buzz-baits. The torque of a single blade, fixed in position on the upper wire arm, can cause the buzz-bait to lay on it’s side when retrieved perpendicular to a wind Buzz-baits should run straight and emit a consistent bubble trail.

  • 4. Utilize a grub trailer in place of a skirt for specific reasons-
    • A skirt reduces your casting distance ,will eventually get caught in the rivet behind the blade and causes additional backlashes with casting equipment
    •  A grub trailer matched to the size and weight of the buzz-bait gives a more realistic impression of live bait – especially on the more productive- slower retrieve.
    • Here’s a short video presentation showing you how to match the grub size to the buzz-bait while rigging them properly on the hook in the “tail-down’ position; Buzz Bait Trailer Rigging
    • I make three different and specific styles and sizes of grub trailers for my buzz-baits.3”-4” and 5”. They can be rigged tail up or down depending upon your personal preferences and experience. Lay the grub up against the buzz-bait noting where the hook point wants to exit. Make a tiny dot with a black marker to insure you rig the trailer properly and straight for balance and straight running performance Rig the grub around the bend of the hook and then bring it out in the center of the grub through the black marker dot
  • 5. Bigger bass will eventually bend the frame of a buzz-bait, causing it to run incorrectly and on its side. Watch this video presentation on tuning a buzz-bait; Buzz-Bait Tune Up
  • 6. Trailer Hooks, personally I don’t prefer to use them and firmly believe aggressive bass will get hooked on a properly positioned hook when they really want your buzz-bait. Notice the special bend I incorporate in all of my buzz-baits wire frames that allows the bass to get over the hook without hitting the blades.

Short video series: Buzz-baits in Action (video link)

1/8oz- Plastic Quad Wing Blade
This is the 1/8 oz.-quad wing plastic bladed buzz-bait. I prefer this buzz-bait for stream/river fishing for smallmouth bass. A slow retrieve emitting a 4-5 bubble trail worked across and down current will produce the best results. “Tail-outs” are red-hot areas early and late in the day. You may barely have to turn your reel handle as the current of the tail-out keeps you buzz-bait on top of the water’s surface.
Pot hole fishing in lakes can produce explosive responses from largemouth bass. I simply race the buss-bait across the tops of a dense, surface weed-bed and slow down to a slow retrieve in the open, pot holes. This pattern does not work well if there are loose, dead strands of weeds on the surface.

1/8oz- Counter-rotating Aluminum blades
These are used when there is a ripple or cut on the water’s surface cause by a breeze. The counter rotating blades eliminate the single blade torque helping them to run straighter with a perpendicular wind effect is present. The elongated blade spit & churn-up the water better vs. a single bladed model

1/4oz- Delta Aluminum Blade Buzz-bait
This is probably the most easily recognized and widely used buzz-bait of all time. It works spring, summer and fall during calm water surface conditions. It produces a different sound then a single plastic blade

1/4oz- Delta-Buzz-bait with clicker blade
This is my “go-to” buzz-bait when the water’s surface has small ripples caused by a slight breeze. The clicker blade emits a metallic clicking sound during the retrieve. Surface weed beds with slime attached can stop this buzz-bait in it’s tracks which will require all weeds to be  removed from the rivets and blade rotation areas. This is a must have buzz-bait for breezy conditions. You can hear the metallic clicking sound of the clicker blade in this video. The clicker blade can turn bass off in calm water

3/8oz- Blade within a Blade Buzz-bait
This is a counter rotating buzz-bait that runes straight with an excellent bubble- trail and blade produced spitting action. The inside blade is a metal delta blade–and the outer-cut-out blade is aluminum. I’ve added a clicker blade for an extra, metallic sound.

3/8oz- Counter-rotating Buzz-bait
This is another counter rotating buzz-bait that runs straight with an excellent bubble- trail and blade spitting action. The inside blade is  the 4-bladed plastic blade use on my 1/8oz Buzz-bait and blade and the outer,-cut-out blade is aluminum.

3/8oz- Aggravator-counter rotating Buzz-bait
This is my favorite summer-time buzz-bait for use during pre-frontal and overcast days when summer LMB are close to and feeding aggressively near structure and/or weed-beds. The elongated metal blades really spit and churn up the water’s surface. Strikes are vicious and aggressive with these noise makers. Vary your retrieve speed to find out the rate they want then hit those weed-bed edges, submerged trees and high-spots with  drop-offs as the barometric pressure is  falling This is not a surface bait for light line and a light action, short rod. I have only experienced stellar results with this type of Buzz-bait in July and August. You can easily hear the noise these aggravator Buzz-baits make in the video.

1/4oz- Inline Buzz-bait with single delta blade
It has no upper lip to produce one side torque which will tend to push a Buzz-bait on its side with a perpendicular wind. The in-line runs straight with a different, “puddle- puddle” type of sound. This is a very effective buzz-bait in calm surface water conditions.. The 1/4oz. weight allows for a slower, tantalizing surface retrieve. The hooks point rides upward for good weed less action when these are made correctly.

1/4oz- Counter –Rotating bladed Buzz-bait
The nice, light ,counter-rotating buzz-bait that features an elongated front blade for pushing and spitting water while the back, counter rotating blade keeps the balance with its delta metal blade. Watch the surface disturbance as you listen to the unique sound this buzz-bait makes.

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