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Thursday, August 16, 2007

• My Favorite Buzzbait

Which one do you think it will be? People go crazy over the Cavitron buzzbaits. Will my choice have a clacker? Holes in the blades? Two blades? A red hook? No. Not quite.

Very few stores actually sell this buzzbait. In fact, Walmart is probably better at stocking this one than any other store in the area. We have a BPS, Academy, and a lot of little bait and tackle shops.

Drum roll please....

It's only the Strike King 1/8oz Tri-Wing Mini Buzz Wing. At 1/8oz, one might think throwing this lure with my Pflueger and MH rod would be a little difficult. I take a 4" blue Renegade worm, slice about an inch off the top, and thread it on the hook. That adds some weight, but not much. I can cast them just as far as a rattle trap. Small, but effective, just like it says on the box. I don't have as much luck with the larger variety buzzbaits. My favorite color is chartreuse, but the blue/black comes in at a close second. I have them in blue/chartreuse and white too. They are becoming easier to find lately, so whenever I am running low, I stock up. It's been difficult to find anything but chartreuse over the last couple of years and now I can even find the white ones.

Let's look at the lure for a moment. It's your basic buzzbait design with the blade on one side and a leadhead with a skirt on the adjacent side. The blade is a three-blade prop with curved edges. This design adds a lot more squeak and allows the bait to be fished slower. The blade design also allows the lure to rise quickly. The leadhead is painted to match the skirt color, but also features two eyes and flecks of glitter. The wire connecting the two is short and does not bend easily.

Do I trim the skirt? Sometimes. Trailer hook? Never. Never? Nope. Some of you are shaking your heads now. I only had trouble nabbing a hookset in the beginning when I was learning to use it. Yes, the buzzbait flew at light speed back at my body. I don't have trouble getting a hookset now. I think the lure's small frame is a much easier target for bass to hit. Another reason why I don't use a trailer hook is because gar love to snap at this lure. If I put on a trailer hook, they are more likely to get caught. I don't want that unless I'm actually trying to catch a gar, which I do attempt on occasion. As I said a moment ago, the only modification I make is adding a curl tailed worm trailer.

How do I retrieve it?
I don't have much luck when I burn it. Slow and steady works more often than not. Sometimes an erratic slow fast slow fast giving it an almost pop-r-esque splash draws a strike.

Any problems or complaints?
A swivel might prevent any line twist, but can slip down towards the bend on the propeller side, preventing the blades from buzzing. I hate that about this lure, but when it is working properly, it does produce for me. It can get pretty bent out of shape if I lay into something strong, but I can straighten it out pretty easy without using any pliers. When I started using them, a lot of bass would throw the hook. I've learned a technique that keeps the bass from breaching the surface of the water so much. Deny them the opportunity to splash and you deny them the opportunity to throw a hook.

Update: Although I prefer a high speed 7:1 reel on a MH rod for my buzzbaits, a 6.3:1 baitcaster on a 7' ML rod is a dynamic alternative for topwater lures.

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