I love fishing buzzbaits. Adding swimbait tails to buzzbaits and spinnerbaits isn’t super new, but I’m unclear what guys actually use. I have always liked the Persuader Clacker Buzzbait. I have caught big fish on buzzbaits, especially ones with clackers. I love a black buzzbait with clack and a big ole ugly bait on the back, like a big Skinny Dipper or Zoom Lizard. I have done really well, on the opposite end of the spectrum, with the Buzz Hammer. The Buzz Hammer is smaller, more finesse, and quiet buzzbait that makes adding a swimbait tail really easy.
Skinny Dipper Swimbait Tail (trailer)
The Buzz Hammer fishes really well with a 3″ Big Hammer Swimbait Tail. The head on the Buzz Hammer designed to receive the Big Hammer Swimbait Tail, so naturally there is good fit and swim. I wish there was 3/4 and 1 ounce (or bigger) sized Buzz Hammers with bigger hooks and heads to accept the Sledge Hammer and just bigger paddled tailed swimmers out there. You need to ‘bigbait’ your buzzbaits is my thought.
I’m probably a month too late for some folks, but it’s surprising how well fish eat topwater baits, like buzzbaits as the winter sets in. Fish eat moving and reaction baits way better in cold water, when the water is in a cooling trend. For example, 52 degree water that is falling from the summertime highs is NOT the same 52 degree water that is warming from 42 or wherever you lake bottoms out. It’s relative of course, but think about cold water that was warm and figure those fish are better active chasers and hunters, than cold water that is only slightly warmer than the bottom out temps.
Buzzbait fishing is badapple. You need to be throwing the Whopper Plopper if you haven’t seen it. This is what I’m talking about, bringing some bigbait into your buzzbait.