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I recently bought the Strike King Tour Grade buzzbait and it works really well. I think the blade is more like the one Wrench is talking about.

When I was a kid my dad helped me setup a buzzbait spinner in the bed of his pickup. It was a crude piece of crap made out of wood that would probably hold a dozen buzzbaits but I never had more than a couple. They would spin for the 20 miles out to the farm ponds we fished. That was in the late 70's. 

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I always bend the blade inward so it barely clanks against the shaft every time it revolves around

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53 minutes ago, Flysmallie said:

I recently bought the Strike King Tour Grade buzzbait and it works really well. I think the blade is more like the one Wrench is talking about.

When I was a kid my dad helped me setup a buzzbait spinner in the bed of his pickup. It was a crude piece of crap made out of wood that would probably hold a dozen buzzbaits but I never had more than a couple. They would spin for the 20 miles out to the farm ponds we fished. That was in the late 70's. 

In the 70's, my dad taped them to the top of the tailgate. People used to look at us like we were nuts.  Lost a few to the tape coming loose and you had to pay attention to how long you left them on. 

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We make our own with a do-it mold that has a keel on it. They track fairly straight and surprisingly don't roll too bad when you hit cover. We use a couple different blades, but the blade with the holes seem to work well.  My 12 year old and I have a blast fishing them on Stockton and TR.  MAN I LOVE FALL FISHING and it's just around the corner.

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4 hours ago, snagged in outlet 3 said:

I like triple blades.  It pops up quicker and makes a heck of a racket. 

I will have to give them a try.

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2 hours ago, 96 CHAMP said:

Wrench, was wandering if you have used the swinging sugar  buzz by strike king and if so your thoughts on it. Supposed to run straight and come to the surface quickly and not roll to the sides.

I haven't, but I am familiar with them.

All of mine are either completely homemade or modified versions of commercially available ones.   There are alot of buzzbait slingers on this pond and I have realized just over the last year how important it is to have one that does something different.  Size, sound, skirting(or the lack thereof), and the trailer, are really the only variables to play with.  Sound seems to be the most effective variable to alter, as far as truly improving the number of big bites, but it's also the hardest thing to make happen.    

This one here with a tungsten bead sounds like a 5hp Briggs & Stratton that is about to throw a rod.  If I use a brass bead it sounds completely different (more squeal/less knock).   IMG_20170920_123033087.jpg

The hard part is figuring out which is best, and when.  Regardless of water color it seems to me that the noisier it is the sooner in the retrieve you get the bite.   They'll follow a quiet buzzbait for 20 ft. before eating it, but one that raises all kinds of hell either doesn't get bit or gets eaten IMMEDIATELY (the first 3-4 cranks of the reel).

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3 hours ago, 96 CHAMP said:

Wrench, was wandering if you have used the swinging sugar  buzz by strike king and if so your thoughts on it. Supposed to run straight and come to the surface quickly and not roll to the sides.

I bought a couple of the swinging style buzzbaits like the one below.  Haven't caught a fish on one yet though.

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2 hours ago, fishinwrench said:

sounds like a 5hp Briggs & Stratton that is about to throw a rod

Love the analogy.  Must be a LOUD bait!  I need to get/make some of them

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