Simple Buzzbait Hack | To Knock or Not to Knock

May 25, 2022 Fishing Tips

We love to throw buzzbaits. Entertaining to listen to, buzzers also attract oversized bass. In just a few minutes a buzzbait can make your whole day. While any buzzbait can catch bass straight out of the package, there are numerous modifications that can improve success with these noisy favorites.

One of the quickest mods that can be made between casts is to turn a standard buzzbait into a ‘clacker’ or ‘head knocker’. Clacking style buzzbaits are those on which the rotating blade contacts some metal—usually the lure’s head—and makes a clacking noise (in addition to sound of the surface-churning blade and any squealing sounds already produced by the friction of the lure’s moving parts turning against the wire and the rivet that holds the blade in place).

To make a standard buzzer clack, simply bend the top wire down toward the lure’s head until the blade barely ticks it with each rotation. The bait will now sound like a string of tin cans following a pair of newlyweds as they drive off on their honeymoon…and bass often fall in love with it.

This is a great hack for drawing bass out of grass, deeper water or any low visibility situation including overcast, windy days or those summer nights when you fish after dark to beat the daytime heat. This modification can be easily undone when extra noise is not needed.

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