The bass world has seen a pile of propped hard baits hit the market but the safety pin style buzzbait often outperforms; it combines the draw of a noisy blade coupled with a skirted jig profile that slips through cover much cleaner than trebled topwater varieties.
Although a mainstay for largemouth, they're often overlooked for smallmouth bass. Wired2Fish's Mitch Anderson shares what attributes he looks for when selecting a buzzbait and how he fishes them. He stresses the importance of immediately engaging the blade upon bait entry into the water and shares a quick tip on how to accomplish this.
Rod, reel and line are important aspects of this system - Mitch gives a rundown on his gear that affords the speed, power and abrasion resistance to take the fight to the fish.