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folks! Here’s a column about my two favorite Largemouth
baits…Spinnerbaits and Buzzbaits. Those of you that fish a lot
for Largemouth probably have some experience with these two baits. It
is a fact that more Bass have been caught on plastic worms then any
other bait but I think that is mostly because so many anglers use them
as opposed to other baits. I have caught Old Bucket mouth on all kinds
of baits but for consistent hard-hitting action you can’t beat these
First lets talk top
…. One fallacy about Largemouth is that you can only catch
them on top water baits early morning and just before dark. Buzzers
call Bass up at anytime of the day…even in august at high noon! As I
have stated in previous columns color simply doesn’t matter, except for
one thing! When using buzzers you want to camouflage the bait. You
really don’t want them to get a look at the bait. Say you’re a
Bass and it’s a bright sunny day…. when you look up, the water surface
is like a mirror so you need to use a bright shiny buzzer. That way you
disguise the bait somewhat (from the Bass’s prospective) and they key
in on the noise and splashing action… To them it’s something
struggling on the surface! They attack based on sound rather then
sight…after all if you really look at a buzzer it looks like something
you would hang off your xmas tree…it doesn’t really look like anything
real or natural.
On cloudy days use a
black buzzer….While the silhouette might show up it doesn’t stand out
and they again key in on the sound. On days they are feeding well I use
a 3/8 oz. Buzzer, and on those fussy days I simply downsize to a
¼ oz. Bait. That usually does the trick.
Throw that bait into weeds, grass, next to stumps and timber (make sure
when casting to isolated structure that you throw well beyond your
target and drag it over it)
You can pick them up in open water too! I have used them on extremely
clear water lakes and had them come up from 15 feet to hit them. Use
different speeds if they are not hitting. Start out with a fast steady
retrieve first. If that fails then slow the bait up till it is just
breaking the surface and the blades just spin. You will notice that the
wake from the bait points directly to the lure, which helps Mr. Bass to
locate the source of all that noise.
Just a couple more points on Buzzers….when you are casting into weeds
be prepared to start you retrieve as SOON
AS IT HITS THE WATER!
After some practice you’ll become adept at
this. You will need to pull weeds off your Buzzer less frequently that
way. Also when you buy buzzers take them out of the package and tape it
to you car or truck mirror. After a day or so you will wear a groove in
the shaft and it’ll squeak much more and bring you more hits! And your
friends will then think your nuts.
Spinnerbaits are another really productive bait. You can fish them
almost on top…. at mid-depth…. And on the bottom. Many of the Pro’s on
the Tournament circuit use them as search baits. Once they catch a few
aggressive bass they sometimes switch over to finesse baits to catch
any others around that might be fussy. I prefer the new Titanium
baits because they are virtually indestructible and stay perfectly
tuned even after a hundred fish! For those of you who don’t know what I
mean by tuning it means that after you catch a fish most spinnerbaits
get the wire bent and you then have to adjust it to keep the bait
running straight and upright. You end up messing with them every few
casts. Titanium has virtually eliminated that problem! I
generally use 3/8 oz. Baits but go smaller if they are not feeding and
go larger if you want to fish deep. Any color is good as long as it’s
white, yellow or black<grin>.
Dark days use a dark bait….bright days use a bright bait. Those
of you who have used them before or seen them on the fishing shows (or
even just looked at them at the local big box store) notice all kinds
of different blade combinations.
I know it seems confusing but it’s really quite simple. Use willow leaf
blades in clear water and Colorado blades in stained water. The
Colorado blades (big and round) make more vibration and will attract
them better from a distance when water clarity is an issue. Willow leaf
blades are longer and skinnier and less vibration comes off them so use
them in clearer water.
When they are biting short I use a stinger hook. This is simple to
accomplish. Get another hook of similar size as the one already on the
lure and slide the eye over the existing hook (make sure the hook point
rides up!) Then I take a little piece of rubber worm and slide that on
the existing hook as a keeper so your stinger hook doesn’t fall off.
I also like to use a trailer of some sort. You can buy them
specifically for this or you can simply use the end of a worm or grub.
Make sure that when you put on the trailer that the tail is pointing
up…the action is much better that way!
Springtime means slow rolling them on the bottom….cast it out and let
it fall to the bottom. Then begin a SLOW retrieve. You just want the
blades to barely turn. Watch you rod tip and you can see if the bait is
pulsing. As things warm up you can then go to chucking and
reeling! Vary your speeds till you find a retrieve that gets them
excited. Throw it along edges of lily pads and weeds…into pockets in
the weeds. Cast to any structure you see. Isolated things like one blow
down with nothing else in sight is guaranteed to be holding fish!
Remember again to cast well beyond the structure so you don’t spook
them. Also try casting underhand…the bait will make a much quieter
I know there are lots of ways and lures to catch Largemouth but I
prefer these baits above all else. They’ve made my clients very happy
over the years!
Tight lines! - Capt’ Pete
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