The Retrieval Of The Buzzbait!

Is it possible to retrieve a buzzbait slowly and keep it running on the surface?

The buzzbait is one of the most popular lures for a reason. It has had a good measure of success because it attracts the bass you want to catch like no other lure… according to some very knowledgeable people that is! However, the majority of eople using he buzzbait do tend to whip it out of the water at a rate of knots when it comes to retrieval, but can you really take it out of the water slowly? Yes you can! Make sure that the buzzbait remains in the mid to topwater when you cast it and hold it steady for a while before lowering it a short distance and then reeling in. It is the speed at which you reel it that determines exactly where the buzzbait goes during the retrieval process. If you reel it in too slowly then it will remain below the water, but if you reel it in too quickly then it may well leave the water before you want it to. The idea is to find a mid-range reel speed that brings it to the surface without making it leave the water. You have to find that speed for yourself because there is no way to measure it so it is worth practicing. However, always maintain a tight line and do not move your rod as you are reeling it in because a slack line and line movement will both result in the buzzbait losing its smooth motion. This is actually the key. The motion must be smooth so practice until you have it down!


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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