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Buzz bait adjustments tips and tricks

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I am new to buzz baits.  I recently bought a black one and white one, single bladed, both from the same company (Strike King).  I already put red trailer hooks on both and caught a few bass and a couple big pan fish on them.  The problem is they both pull to the left on the retrieve.  I do not know if this is normal or correct.  I tried to adjust them a bit but they still pull to the left.

My question is; is this fine or should these buzz baits run straight?  If I need to adjust them, what do I adjust?  Is there anything else like tips and tricks to these, or any other types of adjustments to catch more and bigger bass, more consistently?

I searched the topic already and could not find too much on getting them to run straight.  Thanks in advance!

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You can adjust them by bending the wire on which the blade spins.

Hope this helps,

Dave

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Reeling to fast will cause some buzzbaits to run of to one side.

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Don't worry about adjusting them, they're built that way. It's caused by the torque of the blade and the direction of spin. To get rid of it completely you need to use a double blade configuration with counter-rotating blades, either on the same arm or on two independent arms. Instead. use what you have to your advantage to do things like run under docks and overhanginig trees, or even walk partway around stumps. If you really get serious, look around until you find another brand that will torque the opposite way, then keep two rods rigged with buzzbaits going in both directions. That way no matter the angle or direction of boat or cover, you'll always have the right retrieve path available to you.

-T9

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Ok, in the video above, Flair says the roughness on the rivet is the thing that makes them squeak. I can't believe the blade spinning will cause the required roughness, more the opposite. Dunk them in lake water and let them air dry a couple of times (or more), that will assist in making the metal degrade enough to make the desired squeak. 

Submerse them in Coke for even faster degradation, the acid will dissolve almost anything given enough time. :huh:

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If you want to make them squeak, just hit the rivet with a piece of sandpaper

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Best way to adjust and improve your buzzbait fishing is to buy a cavitron. :P

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Thanks for the help everyone!  Dave A, nice to see someone from the K-zoo area here (if that's Michigan).  

T9, that makes a lot of sense.  Thanks for your reply!  I took your advise this morning and used it to my advantage and it really does help get into certain spots!

I spent a couple days on the water with these and they both squeak very well already.  I also checked out the Megastrike website and those buzzbait's look really amazing.  I am totally gonna pick up a couple of those!  So thanks for your reply Robert.

I'm gonna just keep plugging away with these and see what else I can learn.  Thanks again everyone!

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