Tips and techniques by pro angler Lee Bailey jr

An excellent collection of fishing tips, fishing tactics, and fishing tricks for bass, by Lee Bailey Jr

 

 

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Bass Bluegill and buzzbaits begins a catching bonanza.

May 26, 2021 by lbailey

Bass Bluegill and buzzbaits begins a catching bonanza. During summer, most anglers fish deeper structure or weed edges, or target shallow cover with jigs and soft plastics. Many anglers, pros alike miss out on this wild BlueGill bed fishing technique. A morning topwater bite offers a chance for a big fish on a Baby Buzzbait™. But in shallow lakes, I and other pros pick up a buzzbait rod in the morning and don’t put it down until weigh-in. You might get more bites on a worm but the Baby Buzzbait™ fish are typically bigger. In hot weather, cast over thick weed cover and experiment with retrieve speed. Keep a Z-Man TR D stickworm handy to throw back if a bass misses the buzzbait.

“My Baby Buzzbait™ comes off the shelf with all the amenities a bass pro might want to modify on a regular buzzbait. After over 25 years of research and testing I have come up with the Baby Buzzbait™. This little top water lure is second to none. The most compact buzzbait ever built measuring a mere 1.5″ high x 3.5″ Long. Yes, even the 1/4 size. The Baby Buzzbait™ is slow, squeals, sputters and spits right out of the package. all my top water buzzbaits are hand tuned and air tested prior to packaging”.

Tuning Buzzers for Bass Bluegill and buzzbaits:

Straight off the shelf, buzzbaits catch fish. Still, pros often alter lures to gain a slight advantage in sound production, in appearance, or in hooking ability. My Baby Buzzbait™ comes off the shelf with all the amenities a bass pro might want to modify on a regular buzzbait. After over 25 years of research and testing I have come up with the Baby Buzzbait™. This little top water lure is second to none. The most compact buzzbait ever built measuring a mere 1.5″ high x 3.5″ Long. Yes, even the 1/4 size. The Baby Buzzbait™ is slow, squeals, sputters and spits right out of the package. all my top water buzzbaits are hand tuned and air tested prior to packaging.

Stinger Hooks not needed:

Stinger Hooks: Because bass often seem to strike behind a buzzbait, many experts add a stinger hook when conditions allow. It’s arguable whether a bass that misses a bait actually wanted to eat it, however. Fish accurately aim attacks on steadily moving objects on the surface. Bass sometimes charge a bait to chase it away, or to investigate it more closely. An extra hook can hook these fish. When the Bass Bluegill and buzzbait bite begins, I personally don’t choose a trailer hook. The Baby Buzzbait™ can be retrieved so slow and is so compact that fish usually inhale it, whether by accident or on purpose.

I had several top-5 to top-20 finishes in the Elite Series during the Bass Bluegill and buzzbaits catching bonanza lakes using a Baby Buzzbait™

The Binsky Late/Spring Early/Summer Bass Fishing in the North

May 4, 2021 by lbailey

Typically Binsky Late/Spring Early/Summer Bass Fishing in the North is when you should think of post spawn bass. Think of big groups of bass looking for a summer hang out spot. Most bass only spawn for a couple of days before they head on back to the deeper creek channels and main river channels to group up and feed on shad for the summer. I try to target places that are fairly deep water and with a little cover. For deeper lakes I tend to look for longer points that might extend for a couple of hundred feet. I want to find numbers of fish because they will likely be more active and feeding rather than trying to locate one or two fish up shallow.

Binsky Late/Spring Early/Summer Bass

Typically Binsky Late/Spring Early/Summer Bass Fishing in the North is when I think of post spawn bass I think of big groups of bass looking for a summer hang out spot. Most bass only spawn for a couple of days before they head on back to the deeper creek channels and main river channels to group up and feed on shad for the summer. I try to target places that are fairly deep water and with a little cover. For deeper lakes I tend to look for longer points that might extend for a couple of hundred feet. I want to find numbers of fish because they will likely be more active and feeding rather than trying to locate one or two fish up shallow.

The post-spawn bass fishing season in the North typically begins when the water temperature reaches 70 degrees. It also coincides when the bluegill begin spawning. On most years, the spawn lasts only 2-3 weeks. If the spring is cold, it might be less than that. The post-spawn period is normally just two or three weeks as well, and then they begin establishing summer patterns.

A Binsky by Fish Sense Lures worked around these weed beds to mimic a vulnerable bluegill is another effective strategy for post-spawn. The Binsky Late/Spring Early/Summer Bass are positioned perfectly for this technique as well. Match the Binsky to the colors of the bluegill. Then look for a reaction bite. The size of fish you catch will tell you which presentation to use.

Because the bluegill are often spawning, seek out Binsky Late/Spring Early/Summer Bass by finding the bluegill. Look for the closest deep water structure near bluegill beds. Often times you can find this happening in the same places you caught spawning bass, because bluegill will often spawn in the same area. Bluegill and bass have an interesting relationship. During the bass spawn, bluegill will often pester bass by raiding their nest and eat their eggs. However, when the bass are done spawning, they will turn around and ambush the bluegill beds for their own food source, and eat the bluegills.

Fishing the Binsky is a great way to get a bite on a super slow day. When the day hits that lull where fish become less active and the bite has slowed down, the Binsky Late/Spring Early/Summer Bass are perfectly set up to get a bite. There are two ways I like to fish the Binsky Blade Bait, and the first way is fishing across a point. Position yourself where you can cast across the point and hop and drag the bottom all the way back to the boat.

The other way is to fish it, is to parallel the channel or structure. Try to keep your Binsky Blade Bait as close to the fish as possible allowing the slow sinking of the bait to attract the fish off the structure.

Deep blading is a tournament proven way to catch fish. Every pro on the tour will throw a blade bait at some point during the late spring early summer events they fish. Fish are feeding on shad and a Binsky will get a reaction strike every time, so fish that are pressured or hugging the bottom will bite a Binsky Blade Bait that comes by their face. When cranking a blade you want to identify the water depth and water clarity.

Baby Buzzbait™ Early Summer Tips

April 18, 2021 by lbailey
Baby Buzzbait™ early summer tips

I notice that a lot of weekend anglers have never tried the Baby Buzzbait™ early summer tips, and that is a mistake. The Baby Buzzbait™ has helped me qualify three times for the prestigious Bassmaster Classic When the fish are using shallow water cover, the buzzbait will flush them out.

This lure is one of my favorites for drawing fish out of heavy cover in both stained and clear water.

There’s not but four characteristics of a Baby Buzzbait™ early summer.

It’s a great tool for locating bass in the shallows. When I’m checking out new areas, I move quickly and make a lot of casts until I get a bite. It may not be the only lure that I use during a tournament, but it’s an important one for finding fish.

The lure belongs in non-tournament anglers’ tackle boxes simply because it is fun to fish. Baby Buzzbait™ strikes on the surface not only are sudden and exhilarating, but the lure attracts big fish as often as it does small ones.

There’s not but four characteristics of a lure that make it appealing to a bass, and a buzzbait offers three of them. It can be seen, heard and puts out vibrations. The only one missing is scent, so it covers just about everything you need to trigger a strike.

1. Vary your speed:

I notice most anglers make the mistake of tying on a Baby Buzzbait™, making a few casts, and then putting it down for the rest of the day.

You have to experiment with the lure to find just how the fish want it, and changing speeds and direction is a good way to do that. Changing speeds and direction not only allows you to experiment with the sound and vibrations, but it affects what the bass sees, as well.

2. Fish it at night:

A lot of features you see in Baby Buzzbait™ Early Summer Tips come from my over 30 years of competition.

I admit that you may not catch the numbers that you can with other lures at night, but the Baby Buzzbait™ will produce bigger bass. Nighttime bass are more secure, therefore they will travel a greater distance to hit a buzzbait than they will during daytime.

If there’s a fish in the area, he’s lurking in the shadows. A major feature of the Baby Buzzbait™ is the angle of the wire between the blade and the head into a downward stair-step. This keeps the head, skirt and hook a little deeper underwater, which makes it easier for the fish to eat the bait.

3. Expand your seasons

Baby Buzzbait™ is mistakenly stereotyped as a hot weather lure.

I’ve caught some giants in 50-degree water in both spring and fall, when most people think you have to fish deep. On unseasonably warm spring or late fall afternoons, bass will venture into shallow water to feed. When fish move toward shallows in cold water, they’re usually looking for a big meal.

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Early Spring Binsky Tricks For Bass

April 7, 2021 by lbailey

Early Spring Binsky Tricks is traditionally a cold water presentation but its effectiveness doesn’t stop there! Keep the Binsky on deck in Early Spring and you might be surprised how the bass react.

Early Spring Binsky Tricks For Bass

Why does it work? Largemouths, Smallmouths as with many other predatory species, are primarily sight-feeders, but when their vision is impaired by murky water they rely heavily on their other senses. Fish detect many lures by picking up its vibrations with the sensitive lateral lines. This is the salient feature of a Binsky. It’s long, has a lean profile and its weight-forward construction causes a tremendous amount of vibration.

Binsky blade baits are not infallible. More than one angler has cursed his luck when a fish has turned against the lure and gotten off the hook. The quality the Binsky comes equipped with, a strong split ring that does not afford the fish the leverage to throw the hook. A supper sharp strong set of treble hooks that will stick a fish and hold them on the slightes bite.

Fishing Early Spring Binsky Tricks for largemouths or smallmouths is pretty much a no-brainer. Cast it out and reel it in. You can vary your retrieve and tweak the action by speeding up and slowing down, and by pumping your rod tip and allowing the lure to flutter momentarily. you need to believe that this “dying flutter” action would be dynamite on both ‘eyes and northern pike as well.

So, what’s the best time to start blade baiting bass? April and May is a hot period for Binsky blades and they are deadly on giant pre-spawn females. Right after ice-out plump butterball shaped bass move shallow toward their selected spawning grounds. Here, they gorge themselves on bait fish while waiting for the water to warm up to 55-58 degrees. Many anglers will still catch fish on tubes, worms, and cranks, but if you want hot fishing action, concentrate on blades.

Early Spring Binsky Tricks For Bass

Buzzing Spring Bass

April 3, 2021 by lbailey

Buzzing Spring Bass by Steve Price Senior Writer for Bassmaster Magazine.
This excerpt taken from the April 2021 issue Of Bassmaster Magazine.

Go ahead and pick up that buzzbait a little earlier than you are supposed to. According to Elite Series pro Wes Logan, this can help you pick up the biggest bass in the lake. “I know buzzbaits have a reputation for autumn fishing, but I start using them in the spring when the water temperature reaches 50 degrees, and I keep one tied on until late autumn when the water drops below 50 degrees again. A lot of anglers overlook them in the spring, but it’s a lure that really does have some advantages over other spring baits.”

Buzzing Spring Bass when the water temperature reaches 50 degrees.

Perhaps the major advantage a buzzbait offers is it’s effectiveness around shallow, often isolated cover, like stumps, laydowns, clumps of vegetation or shoreline weed, even riprap. These are places bass might be holding or possibly spawning. They don’t move shallow in the spring to feed, but that doesn’t mean they won’t hit a noisy, churning creature that even bumps into that cover.

Buzzing Spring Bass

The Elite Series pro concentrates his buzzbait fishing in shallow bays and pockets of the main lake, wherever he can find protected water. He goes to the sunny side and looks for isolated cover, anything that would hold a bass on the bank. The best areas are flat or even gently sloping; fast-falling banks are not going to be very productive this time of year for a buzzbait.

“It depends on the area, but basically you can’t fish too shallow, which is another advantage a buzzbait offers,” continues Logan. “All of us would rather fish shallow water than deep water. Most of the time, my boat will be in just 4 to 6 feet of water, and I’ll be casting into about 2 feet. I’m not actually trying to catch a bass on the bed, but a buzzbait can show me one I didn’t know was there, especially in dingy water.

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