On Jan. 14,¬†we posted a blog that examined the three ways that Jacob Wheeler works with ¬†TriggerX’s ¬†Buzz Tail Worm, and in this blog we explore some of ¬†Davy Hite’s insights about using this unique, six-inch soft-plastic worm that was introduced to the angling world during the¬†International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades¬†show in early July of 2012.
For Hite, the Buzz Tail Worm is mainly a ¬†shallow-water bait that he retrieves ¬†either across the surface or about two feet under the surface. It has become one of his shallow-water options when the angling pressure is intense around the locales that he is plying and the bass can’t be readily allured with a buzzbait, an ordinary topwater lure or a shallow-diving crankbait.
The ¬†Buzz Tail Worm is packaged with a paddle tail, and when Hite retrieves it at a slow pace, he cuts the perforated edge of the ¬†tail, making it into a curly or ribbon tail worm. ¬†Hite ¬†leaves the paddle tail in tact when he retrieves it at a rapid pace. ¬†It is interesting to note that this ¬†is contrary to the way that the folks at Rapala and TriggerX¬†recommend it to be fished.
When Hite is using the Buzz Tail Worm around thick emergent and submergent vegetation, laydowns, ¬†flooded brush and timber or any kind of ¬†extremely snag-filled¬†environs, ¬†he works with a seven-foot, medium-heavy rod and a 7.0:1 reel that is spooled with braided line. ¬†The lightest braid line that he uses in heavy-cover situations is 20-pound-test. ¬†At times, his reel is spooled with 30-pound-test braid. The heaviest braid that he uses is 40-pound-test. He says the size of the braid depends on the size of the bass and the nature of the cover that the bass are inhabiting. Onto the braided line, he affixes a pegged slip sinker. ¬†He opts for a 1/16-ounce sinker when he is retrieving the Buzz Tail Worm at a slow pace. He works with a 1/4-ounce sinker when he is retrieving it at a rapid pace. Then there are in-between paces when he employs an 1/8-ounce sinker. ¬†After the slip sinker is on the line, ¬†he¬†ties a 4/0 ¬†VMC Heavy Duty Flipping Hook to the line. ¬†The Buzz Tail Worm is rigged Texas-style to this hook.
When Hite is fishing around what he calls open-water lairs, he wields the Buzz Tail Worm on a 6 1/2-foot medium-heavy rod, and his 7.0:1 reel is spooled with 15-pound-test fluorocarbon line. He uses the same slip-sinker options that he employs with his braided line presentations. ¬†But he Texas-rigs the Buzz Tail Worm onto a ¬†4/0 VMC offset, wide-gap hook.
Although Hite primarily use the Buzz Tail Worm in shallow-water situations, he has occasionally used it around deep-water lairs with a half-ounce ¬†slip sinker. He rigs it Texas-style to a¬†4/0 VMC offset, wide-gap hook. Then he¬†retrieves it across the bottom as if he is stroking a jig, which causes the Buzz Tail Worm to hop almost violently and¬†frantically¬†off the bottom. Some anglers compare stroking to the way anglers radically hop a spoon off the bottom.
For more insights about the Buzz Tail Worm, see the You Tube presentation by Mark¬†Fisher, who is the¬†director¬†of field promotions at Rapala.
Here the link to Fisher’s presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEgzRFIYLz4.
Fisher’s style of employing ¬†it is different than ¬†Hite’s ¬†and Jacob Wheeler’s, which shows us once again that nothing in the bass angling world is written in stone. ¬†Thus, ¬†some Midwest finesse anglers might trim an inch or more off of its head and rig it with an exposed hook on a Gopher Tackle¬†Mushroom¬†Head Jig.