Creating a Buzz with the Big Bite Baits Buzzing Warmouth
The Big Bite
Baits Buzzing Warmouth was tested on several southwest Florida ponds, and was
heavily fished during a day on the legendary Lake Okeechobee. Since the bait is
designed for both surface and subsurface action, I rigged it using a variety of
methods from unweighted to weighted, and vertical to flat. 20-40lb braid was
the sole line of choice, spooled on either a Daiwa Zillion Coastal or a Steez
103HA and fished exclusively on a prototype (and recently reviewed) Airrus
Stargate casting rod.
Do you think this fish wanted it?
is not a lure you will be able to chuck 100 yards, but casting the Buzzing
Warmouth unweighted is perfectly adequate. Even on a relatively stout combo, I
was never frustrated by the distance I could achieve. Compared to the original
Warmouth, this new version is 25% heavier to ease any previous casting
frustrations. Casting is also free of any acrobatics, as the baits sail through
the air without tumbling or going out of control. About the only gripe I have
is casting in a head or cross wind, as the large, flat sides are at the mercy of
mother nature, especially unweighted.
Grass like this is what the Buzzing Warmouth thrives in!
Cranking in the Buzzing Warmouth creates a fair amount of resistance. The dual
tails with their “boot” ends creates some modest torque to crank against. It's
hardly tiring, but something you will notice, especially when using the bait
subsurface. While using my high speed Zillion Coastal with it's speedy 7.3:1
ratio, I often wished for lower gearing to aid in just a tad more cranking ease.
surface, the tails kick with authority, even on a slow retrieve. On a keel
weighted swimbait hook, the bait tracks very true, but can roll a bit when
reeling at a faster pace. It makes a very nice bait for fishing about the top
5' of water, but I wouldn't want to use it much deeper since the sink rate is on
the slow side unless using a gaudy amount of weight.
It takes a large, wide gap hook to rig in the upright position. Here the bait
is shown on a 6/0 Owner Beast hook.
the surface, I found the action to be most attractive with a bit more of a
moderate retrieve. At real slow speeds, the legs kick a bit but lack a true,
attention-grabbing buzzing action. A moderate pace allows the bait to run truer
to it's Buzzing Warmouth name.
mentioned earlier, the plastic is a bit softer than expected. I was not really
impressed by the durability, and at the same time was not completely
disappointed. After a few nice bites, the bait usually had to be switched out.
This was mainly due to the soft body of the bait getting too torn up to allow
effective weedless rigging. The internal hook pocket makes for thinner sides
that the hook can more easily pop out of or tear through. If fishing open water
applications, you can probably get a bit more life out of each bait by just
fishing it with the hook point exposed so the hook point is not ripping out of
the plastic each time. The head section on the other hand, seems to be a bit
more durable. It features a bit larger head than the original Warmouth, and a
portion of it nearest the nose is solid so it's a bit sturdier than the body
section. This also allows you to utilize a screw-lock hook effectively.
The hook point can be buried, but since the skin is both thin and soft, it tears
through easily...sometimes too easily!
online, prices currently range from $4.99 to $6.99. Though you only get 4 baits
per pack, I feel this is a very fair price for the quality and size of the
product. From a topwater standpoint, there are many “toad” type plastic baits
on the market that are somewhat similar in terms of profile and how they're
is where the similarities end, however, as the Buzzing Warmouth is far more
detailed and versatile than those “toad style” baits and
delivers a unique take on what a noisy topwater flat bodied plastic
bait should be, combining swimbait style paddle tails with a soft body and more
realistic looking patterns.
ratings standard for
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following matrix as
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poor : 3
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: 6 =
fair : 7
= good :
: 10 =
Pluses and Minuses:
The Buzzing Warmouth has been an effective and fun bait to test. The
quality construction and ability to fish different depths give it an edge over
other similar baits. My favorite way to fish it has undoubtedly been rigged on
it's side for shallow water topwater action. Unlike a traditional frog that
slowly walks and pauses on the surface, it's nonstop buzzing action generates
explosive topwater strikes. My confidence in it was immediately stoked after my
third cast of the morning on Lake Okeechobee was pounded by a nice Bass that was
roaming a shallow flat.
One of several solid Okeechobee keepers fishing sparse grass in the fog!
Yes, it's true
that the Buzzing Warmouth can't do it all, but it's a good performer in the
areas for which it was designed. The fun factor is high with this bait both in
terms of catching fish and simply buzzing it around gnarly cover. It's
something a bit different that heavily pressured fish may have not yet seen, and
that in itself can be the key to unlocking a great bite.
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