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how exacly do buzz baits work? i know they are like a topwater spinnerbait with an odd blade that makes a comotion. i was thinking, couldnt you rip the skirt off a buzzbait, or even a spinnerbait for that matter, and add a swim bait on the hook as a trailer?

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You can get them from Wal-mart for a buck, usually they are on a little spinnerbait/buzzbait hanger on the bottom of the racks. You will get what you pay for, but ive used one myself and caught fish on it.

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i suggest you just purchase a few basic colors but from a name brand, exactly like fisher49 said, you get what you pay for, if some are .99 cents and others are about 4 bucks, odds are 95 percent of the time the more expensive lure is going to last longer and is made better, i personally really like the bps buzzbaits, they have caught me many fish, heres a link if you wanna take a peek....

http://www.basspro.com/servlet/catalog.TextId?hvarTextId=74325&hvarTarget=search&cmCat=SearchResults

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Buzz baits are great when the topwater bite is on. loads of fun and you can cover a lot of water. White or chartruse is my color of choice with a red trailer hook

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I throw a lot of buzzbaits, spring,summer and fall. My favorite is " The Cavitron ". I feel it is one of the better ones out there. For me a buzzbait is a big fish bait as I have caught a lot of good ones with them. They are fun to use and work. Don't give up if you throw it 10 or 15 times and don't get a bite. Stay with it for awhile, expecially over submerged grass in 2-5' of water or around pads. I tend to throw them on line between #14-#20 test as it helps keep them on top and I almost always use a trailer hook. Burn it or slow down and just keep it on top to see what the fish want. Good luck!

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how exacly do buzz baits work? i know they are like a topwater spinnerbait with an odd blade that makes a comotion. i was thinking, couldnt you rip the skirt off a buzzbait, or even a spinnerbait for that matter, and add a swim bait on the hook as a trailer?

As other people said, buzzbaits work by starting the retrieve as soon as the lure hits the water. With their propeller they create a huge wake that allows bass to locate the lure and home on it from a big distance.

Buzzbaits belong to that category of lures that can turn a bass "mad" and the buzzbait bite is almost always a huge explosion on the surface with unbelievable adrenaline rush for the angler. I have had wonderful moments with them. In one case in 2003 I remember fishing an ultra-clear reservoir (Kalavasos) near midday, with no bites whatever since sun-up, and I put a buzzbait just for the fun of watching the wake and hearing the gurgling sound. As I was pulling it I could see the bottom clearly well beyond the lure - and then slam! Out of nowhere a 5lber hit it with such a strength that I dropped the rod! In another memorable occasion I was reeling a buzzbait when a large bass jumped right above it - without attacking it. I continued the retrieve and another (possibly the same!) bass jumped again and landed with an open mouth on the lure - it weighted 4lb 10oz!

The ideal colors of a buzzbait seem to be white, white/chartrause, or chartrause, though unlike other baits I have not seen a correlation of the colors with light or water clarity conditions. After sunset a dark buzzbait also works. I have tried adding trailers to them, again I did not see any improvement - but I have never tried replacing the original skirt with plastics.

One thing I ALWAYS add to a buzzbait though is a trailer hook - often the bass attack but miss the hook, with the trailer hook you are more than likely to get the fish.

Another thing to keep in mind is that often you will see bass following but not attacking the buzzbait. In this case it is either a size or retrieval speed thing. Play with these two variables until they hit it.

The ideal locations for a buzzbait seem to be areas with dense underwater structure reaching very close to the surface, or the outside edge of weedlines. But sometimes they will catch bass independently of cover! Also, they seem to work best when there is some ripple on the surface. If you really want to catch bass on buzzbaits you have to be persistent with them. Don't put it down if you don't get hit immediately. Give it a decent time and will eventually reward you!

I have tried many buzzbaits and all seem to work, but my top favorite is Bill Dance's triple buzzbait by Terminator in white/chartrause. I think this particular model caught me more bass than all my other models combined!

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