Baby Buzzbait Info

Welcome to Baby Buzzbait Series by Lee Bailey Jr.

 

 

How early is too early for Baby Buzzbait?

February 17, 2019 by lbailey

Baby Buzzbaits big Bass Lure by Lee Bailey JrNever too early anywhere for a Baby Buzzbait, its just a myth. I’ve been known to throw them up on the ice and when it comes off. Well, its like coming off a lily pad with a frog…..Explosion! Now, its not optimal in cold water as the fish are less active. There are always fish shallow and ready to feed, just need the ice to melt a little.

I can fish a buzzbait successfully all day

Most people who fish buzzbaits during the spring and the summertime think they’re the most effective during first light and at last light. However, in the winter months in the South I can fish a buzzbait successfully all day for bass. No matter whether the weather is sunny or cloudy. The only time I don’t fish a buzzbait is when a lake has a severe cold front move through the area.

One key to fishing the buzzbait successfully in the winter and real early spring is; that the water has to be getting warmer before they’ll start eating them. I will start throwing a buzzbait on a regular basis when the water temp is around 58 degrees and higher. I like a black Baby Buzzbait. It seems to be the most productive color. In the summer, I’ll use a chartreuse or a white frog on the back of my Baby Buzzbait, no matter what the weather is.

Black is a color that’s easily seen by the bass

I think one of the reasons the bass may like a black buzzbait in cooler weather is because the bass are really aggressive then. I think black is a color that’s easily seen by the bass. As the days become longer, and various places have had some cool weather.

During the colder water I like to fish a frog on the back of a buzzbait. Even though the Baby Buzzbait is super slow the frog allows me to reel the buzzbait much slower. If you slow down a regular buzzbait with a skirt on it, the lure will sink. However, the frog on the back of a buzzbait will float the Baby Buzzbait, which enables you to reel it much slower. I usually cast this buzzbait with a frog on a 7’ to 7′-6″ medium-heavy action rod with a relatively light tip. The rod I use is basically the same style of rod I fish as when I’m casting a worm or jig.

Buzzbaits Prime Lure for Flooded Water

January 13, 2019 by lbailey

Flooded water largemouth caught on a Baby Buzzbait.Have you ever had a weekend bass fishing trip in which everything seemed to be coming together as you envisioned it — only to see the beautiful pattern you had pieced together evaporate overnight due to an unforeseen rise in water levels? Next time this happens to you try “buzzbaits prime lure for Flooded Water”.

The major problem in fishing rising water is locating the fish. Rising water pushes bass shallow, and often it moves them quickly. The bass scatter, simply because food is being washed in, and new cover becomes available. They typically don’t stay locked-down to the habitat to which they were relating previously. Let me caution you that in determining a bass’ reaction to rising water, the season has to be taken into consideration.

Don’t freak out

You should nearly always look for the best water quality available. Vegetation helps filter out mud. At the same time, however, you have to look at the cover and what’s available.

Even though bass may become more aggressive during flooding, the fish are moving, and that in itself makes a pattern harder to establish. I concentrate on waters 3 feet or less. The bass will often be spooky and jumpy so long casts are important. Whatever the situation, I must emphasize the importance of finding the clearest water possible.

With so much new habitat in the water, you can’t get caught up trying to fish every single little piece of flooded cover. You have to stay on the move and cover as much water as possible.

Lure choice in flooded conditions depends not only on the type of cover, but also on water clarity. My philosophy is to try to make bass come to me. For me this means fishing “Baby Buzzbaits”, spinnerbaits and jigs. But remember you must have suitable conditions (reasonably clear water).

Small Baits, Big Bass!

January 1, 2019 by lbailey

Baby Buzzbait catches giant bassNo matter your level of bass fishing, as a recreational angler or touring pro. You will have to make many decisions during the course of a day or over a weekend of fishing. Some of the first decisions made will be to determine what section of the lake to fish. Choose what baits are working the best and what the hot colors are. There are also decisions to be made about what type of structure the fish are relating to. Are they holding on timber, grass, rocks, docks, etc.?

Decisions can make the difference

As a recreational fisherman you make a couple of the wrong decisions it is no big deal. Basically because you can fish another day. On the other hand, as for the tournament fisherman. His decisions can make the difference in taking a check and going home empty handed. Too many wrong decisions. Will lead to not being able to be a touring pro for very long, if at all.

With all the decisions that anglers must make during a day of fishing. The lure size is one that is sometimes overlooked. Most anglers will go through the process of trying to figure out the lure color.  and many times will even match the appropriate line size. However, many forget to match lure size to the current situation.

Lure size is a wide-open topic and many times the size of the bait is relative to the fisherman fishing it. What one angler considers a small lure may not be considered small to another angler. I consider small baits as downsizing in that particular bait category.

There are several reasons to fish a small bait and this can play a big part of the decision process that anglers must make during their time on the water. Many factors such as water clarity, angling pressure, available forage, inactive fish, weather conditions, are variables that we face and small baits can play a vital role making a successful day on the water.

With this in mind, and proper conditions I choose a “Baby Buzzbait” all the time to coax giant bass out of heavy structure. It’s the baby buzzbaits unique gurgle, the precise cupped blade, that allows it to called a finesse bait. It creeps in quietly and slowly to take a big bass by surprise.

Frogs in the Fall

November 28, 2018 by lbailey

Big bass eating a frog.OK, frogs, many anglers have tried them, and many anglers especially those with no patience probably didn’t catch fish with them either. I am sure they have not touched them since! I am talking about those big hollow soft rubber-bodied top waters. We now know (thanks to Bassmaster Elite Series angler Dean Rojas) as Kermit.

Every bass angler knows that bass are equal opportunity eaters. Anything that swims, crawls, slithers, hops, or flies is on the menu for an aggressive fish. Forage species other than shad and crayfish can be found with far more frequency along the shoreline than in open or deep water. Some of these species can include frogs, snakes, birds, dragonflies, mice, young muskrats, baby ducks, and more. Therefore, when you need a lure that will penetrate into the type of cover where big bass are waiting for these types of food sources without getting snagged and hung up on every cast. You need to choose the best bait for this, and that is a frog.

The distinctive feature of the frogs

There are two main reasons why these baits often make a quick trip back to the bottom of the tackle box. One, you are not getting too many bites, and two; you are missing too many fish, or a combination of both. Chances are you are just working that frog a little too fast. If you are fishing the right stuff (thick weed beds or lily pads) then you need to slow down your retrieve. As I have heard said many times, big bass are big lazy couch potatoes. They just sit around waiting for a nice easy meal to munch on.

Frogs have become increasingly sophisticated over the past few years, resulting in lures that function exceptionally well in getting big bass out of thick, heavy cover. The distinctive feature of the frog is that the hooks are facing upwards making it weedless. The bait has no protrusions or sharp angles to pick up the scum floating on top of the vegetation. They are also almost exclusively soft and most are hollow plastic. The idea behind the development of the frog is to enable anglers to put a lure into areas where an exposed hook will either hang up or pick up aquatic vegetation and drag it along, which will make a hungry bass shy away.

Location is the key to success

Location is the key to success when it comes to fishing a frog. Typical frog water would be a large grassy area, especially with moss or ‘scum’ growing on top. Other good water would be sparse grass, pads, and overhanging bushes and trees. There should be sufficient depth of water under the cover you are targeting. Keep in mind though, that if a bass can propel itself, then you have enough water. I have found my best areas have easy access to deep water so fish will feel confident enough to get under the protective covering.

Locate good looking frog water

When you have located some good-looking frog water and you have the appropriate rod, reel and frog combo, then its time to start having some fun! Using the frog is easy. Cast it out on the grass and hop it back to the boat. When casting the frog, sometimes the best effect is to cause the frog to slap down hard on the mat, like a frog jumping off the bank. If you notice bass, spooking with your cast you might find it better to cast on the bank and ease the frog onto the mat. This technique is especially effective when the bass are right up on the bank and the slap may spook them.

What I like to do is pop, or twitch the bait once or twice, then stop for a few seconds and repeat the same method until my bait comes to a pocket, weed edge, lily pad or something else different in the mat. I will then let it sit, and sit, and then sit some more! I will often let that frog sit there for as long as 10 to 20 seconds or more. Trust me, if you know the fish are in there it is well worth the wait!

The important part

Now here is the important part, if there has not been a blow up by now, I will just barely twitch it without moving the bait much at all. This will make the legs quiver a little, and most often, this is where I will get a big strike. Try to visualize this, that when retrieving a frog over a mat of vegetation, if there is a fish in the area, he has to have time to hear the bait and see the bait, then swim over to the source of the commotion, then decide whether to hit it. Big fish can be very fussy that way.

OK, now you have just had a huge boil, set the hook, and the lure just floats back up. What happened? Well it could be a couple of things. You could be using the wrong equipment, or not setting the hook correctly. As soon as you get the strike, drop your rod tip immediately, but do not set the hook. If he has it, he will not feel you and spit out the bait. Set as soon as you feel him, or see any line movement. It is critical to have some slack in the line before you snap your wrist on the hook set. If you try to set on taught line, you will only pull the bait out of the fish’s mouth.

Hooking and landing the big bass

Hooking and landing the big bass that often inhabit this water can be challenging. Typically, experienced frog anglers will use heavy line and stout rods to get these fish. Monofilament lines in the 20-40 pound class are common, and braided superlines in the 50-80 pound class have gained immense popularity in the past few years. Super braids have the ability to cut through the grass more easily than monofilaments and they give you a great advantage in hook setting power, especially on a long cast. I prefer to use a flipping stick, spooled with 50 to 80 pound braid. You should use whatever is comfortable for you. Just make sure you have a rod that packs quite a punch. You will need the heavy equipment to horse fish out of cover and most importantly, to properly set that hook.

Do not forget buzzbaits

October 21, 2018 by lbailey

Buzzbaits remain a valuable tool as a big-fish lure. The technique is one I keep in the back of my mind, especially when fishing fall time on lakes that are beginning to cool down.

The Baby Buzzbait can be good year round, but late pre-spawn through fall cool down is a time you want one tied on. There is no magic temperature, but the lure shines when the water temp is between mid- 60s and low 80s. What makes this lure a good choice then is it’s so efficient at covering water and attracting big fish. With Fall in full swing in some parts of the country it is time to be throwing the Baby Buzzbait.

You can catch bass in clear or muddy water, but a little stain is ideal.

There are other things you need to know. In the buzzbait seasons, it’s imperative to work it slowly. Choose a Baby Buzzbait for the best disturbance available. My lures squeal and run true right out of the package and the blades are cupped and pitched so you can wind it at a slow speed. If you crank the Baby Buzzbait too fast, you’ll miss strikes or not get bit at all.

I fish my Baby Buzzbaits on a Powell Endurance medium heavy rod. If fishing tight to individual targets, I use a 6-9 model for better casting accuracy. But when fishing over open areas, like lily pad fields, matted hydrilla and other weeds I prefer a 7-4 or 7-6 length.

I also use a ABU Garcia baitcast reel with a 6.3:1 gear ratio. It allows me to get the bait to the surface quickly, yet I can slow it down to a crawl. And, once the lure is away from the target, I can wind it in fast and make another cast.

Above all, use heavy line. I throw Baby Buzzbaits on 20-25 pound Fluorocarbon that has a little stretch and allows the fish to eat the bait. If you’re after big fish revisit those buzzbaits stuffed in a corner. Or buy the new Baby Buzzbait here. You stand a good chance of tricking more big bass into biting.

I have designed Baby Buzzbait to crawl across the surface and to be the most compact size buzzbait ever. I get a lot of people ask about color. I have decided to sell only four colors, two in darker colors and two in lighter colors to make it much easier for you to choose.I usually choose the lighter colors for clear bright days and the darker colors for low light situations. The only change to this I make is I will through black a lot of times under any light. I have caught plenty of fish throwing a black Baby Buzzbait on bright sunny days.

Baby Buzzbait and heavy equipment.

October 5, 2018 by lbailey

Baby Buzzbait in it's packageThe age old question. Can I throw this Baby Buzzbait with heavy bait casting equipment? The answer is absolutely YES! I fish my Baby Buzzbait on a 7′ to 7′-6″ pitching rod. This rod gives me the power I need to get big fish out of the heavy vegetation and structure. A pitching rod will have a fast tip on it allowing for good distance on the cast and a slight hesitation on the hook-set. I will usually match this outfit with a 6:1 or higher gear ratio. Spooled with 20 pound SeaGaur Fluorocarbon and I have the best match up to sling this Baby Buzzbait.

Both the 1/8 and 1/4 size Baby Buzzbait can be cast a long distance. This is because of the unique compact design. They will restrict less air when casted. If you engage the reel and lift the rod tip to about 11:00 just as the buzzbait hits the water they will never sink and stay on the surface at an amazingly slow retrieve. Many anglers take a buzzbait and just haphazardly sling it everywhere. Baby Buzzbait is a compact streamlined lure that can cast a mile. But remember  a long cast that successfully catches a fish will spook all the water between you and where the strike occurred. So try casting to targets nearer you first.

A Baby Buzzbait is usually my primary lure when searching for fish. Buzzers can cover a lot of water in a hurry, efficiently and effectively. I designed the Baby Buzzbait series just for that. I wanted a bait that could cast good and be retrieved at a nice slow rate of retrieve. I also wanted a compact smaller profile that would match the size of the prey that most bass would be feeding on.

Baby Buzzbait Fall Bass

September 8, 2018 by lbailey

Fall is prime Baby Buzzbait time, whether you fish weedy natural lakes or rocky reservoirs. Cooling water moves bass shallow, and they feed aggressively under prime conditions. In fall, prime Baby Buzzbait conditions include both sunny calm conditions and overcast windier times.

As water temperature falls through the 50°F range, weed growth on mid depth flats thins, providing better feeding opportunities for big bass. In clear lakes, a strong buzzbait bite often lasts until waters cool below 50°F. A Baby Buzzbait, with it’s compact design offers a smaller profile. This compact size lures bass to the top better.This is a super strong pattern for the year’s biggest bass.

In reservoirs with a shad prey base, cooling water also brings a strong,­ shallow bite as bass push baitfish schools against vertical banks in the main lake or in feeder creeks. I rely almost exclusively on Baby Buzzbaits through fall and into winter. As the water cools, slow your retrieve rate. Wherever possible, run the Baby Buzzbait into stumps, rocks, or snags to suddenly change the cadence.

Baby Buzzbaits work in water clarities from ultra-clear to muddy, but I feel their odds are best with visibility from 6 inches to 3 feet. Water of intermediate clarity keeps bass relatively shallow, while still providing sufficient visibility for them to track the lure from below.

How to fish a Baby Buzzbait

May 30, 2018 by lbailey

How to fish a Baby BuzzbaitAn important consideration in how to fish a Baby Buzzbait is to begin your retrieve just prior to the lure hitting the water. Once the lure touches the surface begin lifting your rod tip up to the 10 o’clock position. Now retrieve the lure with a slow but steady retrieve. This forces the buzzbait to always remain on the surface. Plus, it doesn’t allow the lure or the line to sink into the cover. If the line or lure gets down into the weeds or cover the baby buzzbait will be drawn down and get hung. This quick start also allows the bass a steady track to hone in on. Especially when fishing in heavy matted vegetation.

Bass can and do frequently charge the lure the moment it makes contact with the waters surface. The strike; usually a vicious water-spraying explosion. Often leaves you shaking with amazement. Many times frustrated after failing to set the hook properly. In fact having fast angler reflexes can actually be a problem when fishing lures like the baby buzzbaits.

how to fish a Baby Buzzbait is to begin with your retrieve

When buzzing and a fish hits the bait give him the opportunity to close his mouth around the bait. You want to feel the fish before you even start the hook set. Being a top-water, visible lure; gives many anglers the inclination to fish by sight instead of feel. Until the fish has the bait enough to move the rod tip. Attempting to set the hook will only result in the big bass lure flying back into your face. I have had many bass hit the buzzbait two, three, even four times on the same cast before they actually got the bait good enough to catch them.

how to fish a Baby Buzzbait

If a fish really unloads on the lure and he misses the bait totally, you can usually toss a rubber worm or a slug-go right back and have a good chance of catching that fish. This is a situation where the guy in the back of the boat could really have a good day, as did my good friend and Mentor Don Sanzo.

We were out for a fun fishing trip on the Connecticut River. My reflexes were so sharp on that trip that each time I would get a strike I would jerk the bait right out of the fishes mouth. I missed every bass that hit my buzzbait that day. Don on the other hand capitalized on this by waiting till I cast and then he threw a small grub behind my buzzbait. Needless to say he caught all the fish I missed. When fishing a buzzbait you need to really focus on where you think the fish should be staged prior to each cast.

Buzzbaits big Bass Lure

May 30, 2018 by lbailey

Baby Buzzbaits big Bass Lure by Lee Bailey JrAs top water lures go, for many years the buzzbait has earned the title of a big Bass Lure. In my opinion baby buzzbaits big Bass Lure are still underrated! Many anglers will tell you that buzzbaits are novelty lures that do a few specialized things. They also claim that they really aren’t a strong big bass lure. Well! They are wrong! I will be the first to argue this point with anyone. And I’ll tell you something else; out on the pro tour buzzbaits are something many of the pros and I use regularly.

Baby Buzzbaits are among the most lethal of big bass lures.

Their reputation becomes especially true when the bass are in heavy cover. That being said, heavy cover in this instance means all types of cover. Cover that touches the surface or is close to the surface is best for this Baby Buzzbait compact design. Matted vegetation or clumped grass is extremely hot for catching bass with baby buzzbaits “The Vegetation Tamer”

Bass do not need to be aggressive to catch them on a baby buzzbait. Non-aggresive bass are enticed into striking this big bass lure because they can hear it coming toward them from a long distance. This gives them time to set themselves up to strike the buzzbait as it approaches their lair.

Buzzbaits big Bass Lure

Heavy structure is the primary ingredient to consistent buzzing. Don’t be timid about throwing the baby buzzbait into the heaviest and thickest cover you can find. Concentrate on weeds, logs, rocks, docks, bridge pillars, etc. Bump into as many objects during a single retrieve as possible. This bumping action causes the bait to change it’s speed, noise, and direction just enough to trigger those big bass into striking.

Keep tuned into your buzzbait at all times because the strike will usually come as you bump the object or just as you pass it. Also, try retrieving very slowly so the buzz has a chance to make as much commotion as possible. Many anglers feel that a buzzbait must be fished fast. Let me set the record straight, you will catch more fish on a slow retrieve than that of a fast one. As always let the fish tell you what they want. I have had days when you couldn’t retrieve your buzzbait fast enough. The bass would chase it down and just crush it.

“Catch The Dream”

Lee Bailey Jr

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