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Gabby’s fishing fever

Buzzing up bass by day and night


Bass are now in shallow water and close to the bank during certain times of the day and during certain weather conditions.

Early and late in the day and at night the bass will use the cover of darkness to move to shallow water areas near the bank to hunt for food. You will also find bass moving toward shallow water when it is foggy, overcast or in dark rainy weather.

Bass often can be found on any type of bank for no particular reason. I have gone bass fishing before and would have sworn the fish would be on a rocky bank or on a banks with felled logs and trees and not gotten a strike on a variety of top water bait. I would then cast down a long mud bank with no cover and get a strike and end up catching several bass in that area.

This is a typical pattern at this time of year. There will be a line in the water where the clear water meets the muddy water. The bait fish will follow this line and the bass will hold in the stained water until a bait fish swims by, then dart out and eat it.

Just like the edge of a weed bed or a drop off, bass love these types of areas because it gives them a hiding and ambush point.

Such areas can be fished with a buzz bait. The buzz bait is a top water bait loved by bass anglers and hated by bass. Anglers love it because of its ability to catch bass and lots of them. It’s a big bass bait that offers heart-stopping top water explosion when a fish strikes it.

Bass hate the buzz bait because of the screeching noise of the blade and the water disturbance the blade creates while imitating something a fish can eat. All of this drives a bass to want to “kill,” this is what causes the heart-stopping strikes the buzz bait is known for.

Buzz baits come in several sizes and color combinations. It comes in single- and twin-bladed models. There’s also an in-line style that is mostly used for river or musky fishing. The general rule is to choose smaller baits with more natural colors like white and chartreuse in the clearer water, during the day, in the river, or when the bass are spooked for any reason. Larger baits are best at night and in other low light or overcast conditions. Black , blue or purple, or a combinations of these colors, work best at night.

Put buzz baits to work by casting past your target and working it close to the cover — or even into the cover — to draw a strike. If you’re fishing over open water or down a bank, make your cast parallel to the bank. This will keep the buzz bait in the strike zone area of the bass longer.

In retrieving the buzz bait, it is best to reel the bait just fast enough to keep the bait up and the blades turning. A buzz bait is a good search bait and can cover a lot of water quickly. It is the type of bait that can produce five bass in five casts when fished at the right time in the right spot.


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