It’s difficult fishing heavily vegetated grass flats with moving baits other than topwater lures, and for Wired2Fish’s Mitch Anderson, the choice comes down to using a frog or buzzbait. In many situations, buzzbaits are a better tool. They’re fished with a straight retrieve for starters, allowing you to burn water like few baits. And secondly, buzzbaits produce an aggressive sound and vibration that draws active bass from further distances than frogs.
- Tackle HD Worldwide Buzzer Buzzbait, White/Gold Blade, 1/2-ounce
- Zoom Z-Craw Jr, White Pearl
- Lew’s Custom Plus Speed Stick Super Grip Casting Rod, 7′ MedHvy
- Lew’s Custom Speed Spool MSB Casting Reel
- Sufix 832 Braid, 40lb
- Fish Monkey Half Finger Guide Gloves
- Fish Monkey Performance Face Guard
Buzzbaits are an excellent locator tool when bass are most active – usually early morning or late evening hours. Anderson marks the location of where he catches or moves bass then circles back with a jig or Texas rig if the topwater bite fizzles.
With hundreds of options on the market, choosing a good-performing buzzbait takes a critical eye. Anderson explains what he looks for in a quality buzzbait, emphasizing his preference for lighter gauge wire and a blade that contacts the head. Lastly, he shares his preferred rod, reel and line combo for getting solid hookup and extractive bass from heavy cover.