Baby Buzzbait Fishing Tips

As top water lures go, for many years the Baby Buzzbait has earned the title of a big Bass Lure. In my opinion buzzbaits as a 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.

The Baby Buzzbait has earned the title of a big Bass Lure.
One consideration an angler has when choosing a Baby Buzzbait is how much disturbance it will make as it’s retrieved across the surface of the water. The precision gold anodized Prop and custom compact wire design gives you just that. Buzzbaits is known as a big fish bait, especially during the late spring, summer and fall. Choosing the Baby Buzzbait will really help. The Unique combination of the precision gold anodized Prop, the original head design and wire bends allows the NEW Baby Buzzbait to tame any matted vegetation.

 

 

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Baby Buzzbait Explosive Action

September 1, 2020 by lbailey
Hands down one of the most fun techniques to catch fish on.

Mirrored tranquility is marred by a minor disturbance on the surface as a topwater lure gradually makes its way towards the angler. Suddenly, the bait disappears in an explosion of white spray. Nothing compares to the heart-pounding excitement of Baby Buzzbait™ Explosive Action fishing for bass.

Action begins as bass come off their beds and settle into their post-spawn routine, the Baby Buzzbait™ bite kicks into high gear. If you have fished a buzzbait before, you know that it is hands down one of the most fun techniques to catch fish on.

Baby Buzzbait Explosive Action

It’s fast. It’s explosive. It’s exciting. So when and where do you fish it?

WHEN Should You Fish a Buzzbait?
  • Start in Early Spring: When bass begin to vacate their spawning beds, it is time to rely on Baby Buzzbait™ to put you on bass. “When I’m catching nothing but small posts-pawners on a tube or spinnerbait, I’ll often tie on a buzzbait and wham, I immediately hook up with some Baby Buzzbait™ Explosive Action. I can’t imagine a more exciting bait to fish. What makes buzzbaits so effective now, is that the noisy lures can goad even finicky bass into Baby Buzzbait Explosive Action.
  • Shad Spawn: Shad are one of the most popular forage species in most lakes and they tend to spawn just after the bass and sometimes even congruently. You’ll find these spawning shad pushed up tight in the mornings and evenings against hard structure like walls, levees and rocks. Run parallel to the structure and throw the Baby Buzzbait™ as tight to it as you can. Bass will think they have an easy trapped meal and hit it off the surface.
  • Summer through Fall – You can catch buzzbait fish all through the summertime, particularly during those cooler low-light conditions when bass are most active. A cloudy day is your best friend during the summer, to keep that Baby Buzzbait™ bite going. However, the fall is really the Baby Buzzbait™ prime time. This is when all the baitfish start schooling up and you see bass chasing them into pockets and shallows. Bass will bust through these schools and break the surface. This is when you need a buzzbait tied on and any time you see those busting fish, toss that bait right through the middle and hold on.
WHERE Should You Fish a Baby Buzzbait™?
  1. Shallow Cover – This is a broad category, but any weedlines, reeds/tules, docks or cover are perfect targets for a buzzbait. Like mentioned above, bass will pin baitfish up against that cover and hide in ambush spots that make it easy to attack. They sense that disturbance coming over their house and many times they can’t resist.
  2. Shade Pockets – Particularly in the summer, shade and clouds are your friend, especially for throwing a buzzbait. Morning and evenings are ideal, but on those days when the sun is high, make sure you look for things like docks, overhanging trees or anywhere with shade. This is where you want to fish your buzzbaits.

A Baby Buzzbait™ should never leave the deck of your boat from late February through November for most parts of the country. It’s an incredibly fun technique, but it can also be an incredibly effective technique for catching those big fish when they’re least expecting it.

Buzzbaits are a situational tool

August 19, 2020 by lbailey

Buzzbaits a situational tool. Sure, you can haphazardly cast them around the shallows and catch a few fish—but to unleash their full potential, it’s imperative to be aware of their particular advantages. 

  • Efficiency: A Baby Buzzbait™ is extremely effective at covering water quickly, If I’m fishing an unfamiliar body of water, I’ll often use this lure as a search tool. It allows me to easily eliminate dead water, identify the approximate depth of the fish and the type of cover to which they’re relating. Even when they explode on it and miss, they give themselves away and give me an opportunity to make mental notes throughout the day.
  • Reaction strikes: Baby Buzzbait™ causes a bass to swipe at this topwater lure. Because they travel through the strike zone so fast, these lures essentially force the proverbial hand of lethargic bass. They’re hardwired to attack anything that seems to be escaping and a buzzbait takes full advantage of that predatory instinct. So even if they’re not on a major feed, they’ll have a hard time passing on a strategically placed buzzbait. 
  • Unique sound: Bass can get conditioned to hearing the same sounds day after day, Baby Buzzbait™ creates a unique commotion that other topwater lures cannot replicate. That’s a big reason I like to use them around heavy cover. They have a distinctive ability to call bass from several feet away.
buzzbaits a situational tool

To keep a Baby Buzzbait™ on the surface it needs to be in constant motion, meaning once the bait hits the water you have to start reeling immediately and continuously reel until the bait is retrieved. They also create a unique sputtering noise that is hard for bass to ignore. In fact, a bass will often hit one just to shut it up.

As a Baby Buzzbait™ is retrieved, the hook and skirt run just below the water surface, while the propeller cuts across the surface making a sputtering/gurgling sound and surface disruption that entices bass to bite. Buzzbaits come in all different styles, sizes, and colors, but their function is primarily the same.

Buzzbaits a situational tool, one of the biggest advantages Baby Buzzbait™ has over other topwater lures is how much water you can quickly cover with them. These fast moving baits allow you to stay on the move when you’re trying to locate fish and put together a pattern. You can stop on an area and fan cast to just about every spot in a short amount of time, then continue on your pursuit if nothing bites.

Best tips for buzzing wood

June 20, 2020 by lbailey

Best tips for buzzing wood by Lee Bailey Jr. If both bass and Buzzbait fishermen have a magnet, it is a strategically positioned piece of wood. That can take many forms: a fallen tree with its roots on the bank and its branches extending well underneath the surface;

Best tips for buzzing wood

a stump row situated on the edge of deeper water; shoreline bushes freshly flooded by rising water; a forest of standing timber; the extensive root system of a cypress tree; a brush-pile anchored in a secret spot or a dock piling.

Those are just a few examples of the types of wet wood that attract both a buzzbait angler and prey. They are features of a lake, reservoir or river where the proper approach will usually produce a strike.

Here, then, are just a few of my Baby Buzzbait™ tips for fishing wood.

Buzzing a lay-down:

I always go right to the middle of a lay-down, even if I have to throw over and thru a lot of limbs and stuff, because I believe my best chances of catching the biggest fish living in that tree are with that first cast. If you can get a Baby Buzzbait™ in there real quietly and gurgle it across his head the very first time, your chances are a lot better (in that shallow water situation) than if you fish it from the outside and work your way in. Reason being; the bigger fish are usually in the heaviest cover of the main branches. If you catch an average bass on the outer branches, your chance at those bigger fish are done.

Bump the wood:
Best tips for buzzing wood especially stumps

My best tips for buzzing wood is to keep your buzzbait in contact with the wood. When buzzbait fishing make sure that gurgling bait bumps as much of that wood as possible. Bang your buzzbait against it and let it deflect off. When throwing this topwater bait, make sure it knocks the side of the wood. That little bump and deflection can produce a strike that you might not otherwise get without making contact with the cover.

When doing that, you need to make sure your line is strong enough for the task. Not only to fish the heavy cover but to also get that lunker bass out of the cover.

Focus on horizontal wood:

I love to focus on wood that lies horizontally in the water, especially if there’s a limited amount of horizontal cover in the area. If you’ve got a standing tree with one horizontal limb on it, key in on that limb. Bass want to orient to the horizontal part of the cover. It gives them better camouflage.

It’s crucial that you make the right Baby Buzzbait™ presentation the first time when fishing a horizontal piece of cover. I was fishing a backwater area that had a lot of lay-down logs. I knew the fish were around those logs. I was fishing a Baby Buzzbait™, and I soon noticed that I never caught a fish if I made a presentation that crossed the log. The first cast had to be made along the shady side of the log, or I wouldn’t get a strike.

Understanding flooded brush:

The flooded brush lining the shoreline of a reservoir is a classic American bass scenario that even the most hardened pros eagerly anticipate each spring.

When the water rises enough to cover the shoreline bushes, the bass move into this freshly inundated cover, where they are accessible to topwater buzzing and remember they are very aggressive.

Best tips for buzzing wood shows that depth is a key consideration for fishing flooded brush. If you locate fish in 2 to 3 feet of water, for example, most of the active bass in that area or on that flat will be at the same depth. But, be aware that bass may move to various depths throughout the day, especially with changing weather conditions. Bass have a tendency to migrate heavily toward flooded bushes early in the morning and late in the afternoon. This makes them prime candidates for some fabulous buzz bait fishing.

It’s been my experience that the fish tend to be in tight to the brush during the midday hours, when the sun is at its brightest. They will also move out a little deeper to take advantage of any shade that’s available. Another thing to remember is that it’s not uncommon to find all of the bass positioned on one side – the same side – of the bushes. The fish may stray a few feet from the main section of the brush, but this movement is usually restricted to the low light hours, as well as cloudy conditions. Those are the times when the shade line extends farther out from the brush.

Good Fishing, “Catch The Dream”
Lee Bailey Jr

Buzzbait Has Been Underrated

May 15, 2020 by lbailey

For many years the Buzzbait Has Been 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 fish 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 buzzbait fishing is something many other pros and I use regularly. Baby Buzzbait is among the most lethal lures in bass fishing. This becomes especially true when the bass are in heavy cover, matted vegetation and feeding on schooling shad or shiners However, even when bass may not be aggressive, they often will attack a Baby Buzzbait even if it is out of their normal strike zone.

Buzzbait Has Been Underrated

Buzzbaits are easy lures to use, and are available in enough styles and sizes to satisfy any angler. Don’t for a minute believe that the Buzzbait Has Been Underrated and are only to be used in low light situations (morning, evening, or cloudy days). As a matter of fact one of the best-kept secrets overlooked by many anglers is the fact that Baby Buzzbait fishing will draw strikes all day. This is especially true if used in heavy cover. Even in the middle of the day when the sun is direct overhead. Depending on the bass’ mood it may take several casts around the same structure to generate a strike.

After the spawn bass have the tendency to spread out across shallow grassy flats especially on southern impoundments like Toho, Kissimmee and Okeechobee. This is when I (retired Elite Series Pro) pick up a Baby Buzzbait! I used to have to modify my buzzbaits by adding a little weight to them before he even makes his first cast.

“This technique is one that I have utilized for many years, and although I was a bit reluctant to reveal it in my competition days. It is what brought me to designing the Baby Buzzbait “The Most Compact bait ever” “Fishing this lure is just so much fun and really does catch some monster bass,”

Heavy structure is the primary ingredient to consistent buzzing. Don’t be timid about throwing this lure into the heaviest and thickest cover you can find concentrating 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 big bass. Keep tuned into your lure 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 Baby 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.

With this in mind and the spawn finished try a Baby Buzzbait. I always have one tied on and ready!

Baby Buzzbait 3-step Approach

May 8, 2020 by lbailey

Once I decide to fish a Baby Buzzbait™ 3-step Approach for Big Bass I need only to choose what size, what color, and retrieve speed. I like to cover water with my buzzbaits. I believe any time a buzzbait is on the surface it’s liable to be crushed by a big bass. To improve the number of strikes, I’ll make long casts along vegetation, on matted grass, around boat docks, or through standing timber.

Baby Buzzbait™ 3-step Approach for Big Bass
Cover Water

A Baby Buzzbait™ is extremely effective at covering water quickly. “If I’m fishing an unfamiliar body of water, I’ll often use the 1/4 oz. size lure as a search tool. Making long casts and making contact with as many objects on the surface of the water as possible in a single retrieve. This approach allows me to easily eliminate dead water, identify the approximate depth of the fish and the type of cover to which they’re relating. Even when they explode on it and miss, they give themselves away and give me an opportunity to make mental notes throughout the day.”

Reaction Strikes

Buzzbaits produce reaction strikes from big bass most often. These strikes are many times explosive and aggressive. Because they travel through the strike zone so fast, these lures essentially create a reaction from lethargic bass. They’re hardwired to attack anything that seems to be escaping and a buzzbait takes full advantage of that predatory instinct. So even if they’re not on a major feed, they’ll have a hard time passing on a strategically placed Baby Buzzbait for Big Bass.

Simple Color Choice

Bass can get conditioned to hearing the same sounds day after day. Buzzbaits create a unique commotion that other topwater lures cannot replicate. That’s a big reason I like to use them around heavy cover. They have a distinctive ability to call bass from several feet away. I truly keep it simple when it comes to color. Water clarity will determine which color I throw: white in clear water, black in murky to muddy water. Occasionally I will consider predominant forage in my color choice. If the shad are spawning, I will stick with a silver blade. When I believe bluegill or shiners are the primary forage, I’ll use a gold blade no matter the water clarity.

Just remember Baby Buzzbait™ 3-step Approach is a blast to fish, you may miss some fish with it but the rewards are great. As a retired professional angler, I built my early career on catching big fish on buzzbaits.

Baby Buzzbaits Prespawn Topwater, Not Too Early

March 22, 2020 by lbailey

Baby Buzzbaits Prespawn Topwater, for many anglers buzzing is something that is reserved for the post spawn period when the water has begun to warm into the 70’s. Everyone has been there, it’s time to try a Baby Buzzbait! However, some of the best, most explosive, top water action can occur before the bass make their annual homage to the spawning areas. Prespawn buzzbait fishing is a bite that should no longer be overlooked!

Lee Bailey Jr Retired Bassmaster Pro Angler

I’ve caught some giants in 46-degree water in the spring

Truth is, early spring really isn’t too early to start working the surface if you put buzzbaits into play in the right situation at the right time. What I’m saying is, you’re not crazy for having a few buzzbaits mixed in with those jigs and rattle baits. Here’s the scoop.

I think early spring, and I think about creeks, drains, and super shallow runoff pockets. Naturally, bass may not be tuned into something like a buzzbait the second they come shallow early in the season. However, give them a week of above average temps, then a warm rain to top it off. The Baby Buzzbait can be the best at any point where that heated runoff is dumping into the lake or river. Figuring out if you’re in a prime spring topwater zone is all about watching your water temp gauge when you enter creeks. A temperature increase of just a few degrees is good, but if you find a creek that’s ten or more degrees warmer than the main body, start buzzing.

“I’ve caught some giants in 46-degree water in both spring and fall, when most people think you have to fish deep.” On unseasonably warm spring or late fall afternoons, bass will venture into shallow water to feed. When fish move toward shallows in cold water, they’re usually looking for a big meal. “This has become one of the most overlooked times to catch a hawg on a buzzbait. It provides another option for fishing over heavy cover where you can’t fish a jerkbait or spinnerbait.” I recommend an extremely slow retrieve that produces a steady plop, plop, plop commotion on the surface.

1/4oz Gold and Silver blade Baby Buzzbait

…the best, most explosive, top water action…

Pre-frontal days will often prove best. The old saying is that if your bait is leaving bubbles, it is a great Baby Buzzbait day. Make the longest casts possible and work the bait as slow as you possibly can while keeping it on the surface. Occasionally ‘pop’ the reel or rod if you come up to a piece of cover or structure. This will make any followers commit to biting.

There’s not but four characteristics of a lure that make it appealing to a bass, and a Baby Buzzbait offers three of them. It can be seen, heard and puts out vibrations. The only one missing is scent, so it covers just about everything you need to trigger a strike. A lot of weekend anglers have forgotten about buzzbaits, and that is a mistake. When the fish are using shallow water cover, the Baby Buzzbaits Prespawn Topwater action will flush them out.”

Lee Bailey Jr says buzzbaits are mistakenly stereotyped as hot weather lures.

Blade Color Matters

January 21, 2020 by lbailey

Let me talk to you about blade color matters, the age old gold vs. silver buzzbait blades. This war has been going on for ages. As one of the nations top Buzzbait fishermen and designers, let me tell you my reasons for choosing which buzzbait blade color to use. Keep in mind that buzzbaits remain one of the most effective top-water bass fishing lures in existence. Whether you’re looking to improve the quantity or quality of your catch, they certainly deserve a spot in every angler’s arsenal.

There are a few concepts I use to make my blade color choice. Blade color selection is surprisingly simple. Over the years, I have developed a system of sorts that allows me to quickly choose the most productive color for the current situation.

Gold anodized Baby Buzzbait blade:

Blade Color matters Large Golden Shiners catch a lot of big bass

Whenever I am fishing a lake or river system with an abundance of wild or golden shiners I will always use a gold anodized blade. The Baby Buzzbait gold anodized blade matches the color of these wild or golden shiners almost perfectly. One reason it works so well is the golden shiners are mostly a shallow water bait. The Baby Buzzbait is designed for all the shallow cover and weeds that are abundant there. I will also choose our gold anodized blade when presented with overcast, low-light and stained water conditions. I rely heavily on gold anodized blades in order to offer the bass an easier-to-track silhouette.

Silver or Aluminum Baby Buzzbait blade color matters: (1/4oz Size Only)

Blade color matters Shad school in deep water and move shallow in the spring and fall

Now things change up a bit. “Whenever I’m fishing for shad-oriented bass, I have a lot of success with silver.” Most of your rivers and reservoirs will have a good population of shad or alewives. These shinny silver fish will transition from deep to shallow. They will do this in the spring to spawn and in the fall again as the water temperature cools down. I will also choose our silver blade when presented with bright sunny skies and clear water conditions. I rely heavily on silver blades in order to offer the bass an easier-to-track flash.

Retrieval speed, blade color matters and the overall mood of the fish are each incredibly important aspects to success or failure with a buzzbait. Let me point out that there is one attribute that makes the most difference for me. “The one thing that I’ve seen make the most difference is the gurgle or splashing sound made with my Baby Buzzbait. “We always hear people preach about ‘matching the hatch’, and this is a prime example of it.”

“For some reason, subspecies such as spotted bass and smallmouth bass respond excellently to both our gold and silver blade colors.” “If your local fisheries have healthy populations of these fish, grab a silver or gold blade Baby Buzzbait and hang on. They’ll crush it.” “Again, it really all depends on how the fish want the bait presented.” “I’ll usually try and start with a slower retrieve because it’s easier to speed up the retrieve than to slow it down. The Baby Buzzbait comes with precision cupped blades. This is what really allows you to slower your retrieve.”

The cupped bait’s blades also gives the bait a different sound as it is pulled across the surface. “If my buzzbait isn’t producing. We create a lot of water disturbance without having to move the bait very fast at all.”

One last thing I want to say is that “Single blades shine for covering water in search of active fish.” “They also grab less grass, which is a plus once vegetation comes to the surface in shallow water.”

Catching February Baby Buzzbait bass

January 7, 2020 by lbailey

Catching February Baby Buzzbait bass. In many areas, February bass success solely depends on the weatherman.

Warm fronts, lasting from 2 days to a week or more, often move through many major reservoirs in late February. When the surface temperature warms, big bass begin to feed. Often you’ll catch them in very shallow water and by using Baby Buzzbait tactics.

Lee with a February Baby Buzzbait bass

If I fish those warming days in February, one of my go-to lures is the Baby Buzzbait.”

Most anglers don’t throw buzzbaits at this time of year. ”I have seen bass come up from 20 feet of water to attack a Baby Buzzbait on the surface in late February. “ On those warm days, shad often school-up near the surface since that’s where the warmest water is,”  “I’ve had some good days of bass fishing when I’ve used a buzzbait in late February.”

I’ve also learned that big bass often will move into extremely shallow waters during the colder months of the year. So I’m able to catch a lot of big bass when other anglers feel like the season is too early to start Baby Buzzbait fishing – one of the keys to successful buzzbait fishing. I start using buzzbaits before other anglers show them to the fish. Beginning early in the year, you can get the jump on other anglers and catch a lot of big bass on a Baby Buzzbait before the rest of the fishermen even begin to throw it.

Late Season Baby Buzzbaits

November 10, 2019 by lbailey

If you’ve put away your Baby Buzzbaits because the water is getting “too cool,” you’ve made a mistake. I’ve caught more bass with Late Season Baby Buzzbaits in 50-degree water than I have 70-degree temperatures, yet most anglers think hot water makes for optimum buzzbait fishing.

Late Season Baby Buzzbaits

Don’t get me wrong; you can catch bass on these noisy lures when the water is warm. But cooler temperatures can trigger quality Baby Buzzbait action. And it all starts right now when the bass start moving shallow and it runs into early winter.

It’s long been my experience that the buzzbait will attract bigger fish and more vicious strikes than any other topwater baits that I’ve ever used. You can fish my Baby Buzzbaits right out of the package. I have customized them to offer a different appeal in appearance and sound. Bailey says that right now – the late summer and early fall transition period – is one of the best times to sling a Baby Buzzbait as bass are looking up to chase shad and willing to feed on top. He’s got it dialed in with a system that’ll catch big bass from now until winter.

Watch for baitfish movements

When shad transition from deep to shallow in early fall, Lee says the Late Season Baby Buzzbaits bite starts to improve on most lakes and rivers across the country. Their transition is usually spurred along by some environmental changes that anglers anywhere can watch for. “The nights are getting longer,” says Lee Bailey. “The water temperature hasn’t dropped a whole lot, but the nights are getting longer, and there are a few fish starting to get shallow. As that happens, a buzzbait is a good tool to cover water.

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).

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