Buzzbaits are artificial lures that are based on spinnerbaits. The main difference in these lures is that the buzzbait has a large, two winged aluminum blade usually accompanied by an aluminum rivet to create a kind of “screeching” noise to attract fish. When the lure is retrieved, the blade turns in the water like a propeller and creates a commotion on top of the water. So the vibration and commotion of the blade turning, combined with the screeching noise of the rivet penetrates through the surrounding area, and alerts fish to its presence.
So let’s review the main components that make up the buzzbait. There are four main components to this fishing lure, and they include:
- A jig head on a bent shaft
- A two winged aluminum blade (perhaps two of these aluminum blades on a double buzzer)
- An aluminum rivet per each blade present
- Skirting, or a worm, or a minnow shaped spoon on the hook
The key component that separates the buzzbait from other fishing lures is the blade. The blade is made to spin viciously through the water, and to screech in the process. This creates a lot of vibration and sound in the water, much more so than spoons or spinnerbaits.
The Buzzbait Retrieve
But the retrieve is extremely important when bass fishing with this type of lure. The pros will cast the lure out, and stop the line just before the lure hits the top of the water. This will ensure that the line tightens up, and that the buzzbait will hit the water in the ideal position to retrieve. Often, the strike will occur when the lure hits the water, because the buzzbait will already be in motion, and the splash, combined with the churning and screeching in the water will not be missed by many fish in the area.
But if you don’t get the strike during splashdown, the you’ll need to go back to bass basics, try to canvas the cover areas that are near the lure’s location. You may have to extend your rod in a weird direction in order to pass the buzzbait very near the cover, but it’s worth it. Bass love hanging out under sticks, bulrushes, lilly pads and the like, and the closer you get to them, the better. But be careful not to cross into the cover areas, unless you have a weedless hook, otherwise tangles and impairments to the action of the lure will occur.
And as always, when you are considering which colors to fish, stick to natural colors in clear water, and more vibrant colors in murky water. Also remember that bass tend to enjoy black and purple regardless of conditions. So that’s buzzbaits in a nutshell. So get out there, and catch those fish!