Whitesburg KY

Gabby’s fishing fever

Buzz baits are bass-catching machines

The spring fishing season is in full swing and so is the top water fishing action for bass.

I have received reports about all kinds of good bass being caught on top water baits in Kentucky and Tennessee lake, most of them on buzz baits.

Buzz baits are bass-catching machines and are very deadly when the bass are on an aggressive in shallow water. Day or night, the buzz bait will draw heart-stopping strikes from bass feeding close to the surface. The buzz bait looks like an injured baitfish to bass and draws them in for the kill, as the bass thinks it’s an easy meal.

The splashing of the blades and the noise given off by the screeching blade drives bass crazy and makes them want to just kill the bait. This makes for some very exciting action in shallow water.

Buzz baits have been around for a long time and have helped many anglers catch big bass. To fish buzz baits, you will do well on line in the 10- to 14-pound test range for most situations. You may need lighter line if you are wade fishing or in very clear water. You will want to choose a heavier line in thick cover. A long rod with a quick tip with some action and a strong backbone is good for this type of fishing. The best reel is a bait cast with a faster retrieve ratio. This lets you begin the retrieve as soon as the bait hits the water and get the blades turning before the bait can sink.

Fish this bait in and around cover and in shallow water areas where you see bass feeding on the surface. Make long casts parallel to the bank and watch the bait for a strike. Try to wait until you feel the fish pull before you set the hook.

Give a buzz bait a try; you will really like it.

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