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Some Buzzbaits Seem So Big? How Do These Things Not Scare Bass Away?

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I see booyahs and they look so d**n big.

Well, as long as bass keep crushing them, I dont worry about size.

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I see booyahs and they look so d**n big.

Like most other buzzbaits or spinnerbaits, the fish don't see these in the same way that humans do. The blades provide surface disturbance or flash, the arms don't figure in at all, and the working part is the head. That's why the hook is there!

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In my experience they always inhale the jig head portion of the bait

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I love throwing buzzbaits at dusk. What I don't love is the snakey northerns that demolish them and end up bending the crap out of my wire or ripping the skirts off the bodies.

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There are some baits that don't look like they should work to me, including but not limited to; a small beaver with no apparent action, a silly looking wacky rigged Senko, and a big, noisy buzzbait. What these baits have in common is they work well. If the fish like them they don't have to look good to me or you! The first time a pig inhales your buzzbait you will forget all about how big the bait is...good luck.

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From what I have read about buzz baits bass are attracted to the nose because it sounds like a big fish going after a small fish, large schooling fish going after smaller schooling fish. I have also heard it ticks them off and it’s an aggressive bite. I believe it depends on the mood the fish are in, it’s clear that bass typically hit the end where the hook is so they seem to zone in on the rubber, black is my preferred color. Sometimes bass drill a buzzbait was that an aggressive hit? I do not know but I do know it’s my second favorite lure to catch bass on. I have had some very small bass less then 10inches hit a 5-6inch buzzbait.

A wacky rig senko imitates a wounded/dying fish in my opinion.

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All I can say is the hardest hits I have ever had all came on Buzzbaits.

Love them!

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Not at all. They come running for them like the dinner bell! I had an ole' timer ask me what the heck it was the other day. He laughed at the loud noise until an 18" pickerel smashed it right in front of him. Start with 3/8oz and up to 1/2oz once you can land them long distances w/ very little splash (and also waking on the top of the water immediately on touch down). And get the Booyah with a clacker. They are amazing. Black is the only one you need but I toss a white/chartreuse for fun. Don't spend hours casting over the same water. Sometimes it does take 10 casts over the same spot to get the hit. As with any reaction bait, try as many angles as you can to find out how the fish are positioned. Early and late time of day are very productive. I use a trailer hook but lately been experimenting with just cutting the skirt short so they grab the main hook. Good luck!

I find a low thump vibration works best so work them as slow as you can to just keep them on the surface. Burning too fast aka high pitch only works well for me when they are super aggressive.

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K_Mac if you have ever seen a wacky rigged senko fall then you would know right then why it gets bit. They wiggle all the way down. Kinda like holding a 10ft pvc pipe in the middle and shaking it back and forth.

I beleive buzz baits get bit mostly out of iritation. That horrible sqeek and chopping blade make them mad. That why I think they usualy blast them.

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Matt I am a big fan of the Wacky rig. I know the wiggle very well. :eyebrows: I still think it looks like something a kid that didn't know any better would rig though.

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Matt I am a big fan of the Wacky rig. I know the wiggle very well. :eyebrows: I still think it looks like something a kid that didn't know any better would rig though.

Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Sometimes the easys just work :D

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For me with buzzbaits I do best with either the bigger (3/8oz+) or smallest (1/8oz). The "standard" 1/4 or 3/16 ounce sizes just don't seem to get bit very often for me. I would guess a smoking rooster, brush hog, or 3/4oz football jig with a big trailer probably looks as big if not bigger to a fish in the water but fish don't mind. The bass is just thinking about survival and it has to eat to survive. The bigger the meal it can get with the least amount of effort the bigger the reward and the more energy it can save and gain the better for it's chances to survive another season.

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Keep It Simple, Stupid.

Sometimes the easys just work :D

Yep. Well said.

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Sometimes size matters and sometimes it doesn't.

Depends on the situation.

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Blade size is key -The body dosent make that much of a difference. I catch a lot of big bass on the larger baits but usually throw them when there is chop on the water -little to no chopp I go with the smaller 1/4 oz size. REMEMBER WITH WINDY CONDITIONS THEY HAVE TO HEAR IT FEEL IT IN ORDER TO EAT IT--sounds get distorted or lost when there is more chop or wave action -

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