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Double the Blades, Double the Buzz? Picasso's BuzzSaw Buzzbait!


Date: 5/11/17
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Picasso
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.58 - GOOD

If there's one technique on the California Delta that never gets old, it's throwing a buzzbait. Up until now, I've been a proponent of the traditional, single bladed buzzbaits, but a couple of years ago Matt Newman, owner of iRods, turned me onto a double buzzer he helped design for Picasso baits. Here now is our look at Picasso's BuzzSaw double bladed buzzbait.


Picasso's BuzzSaw Buzzbait Specifications

Type Buzzbait
Weight 3/8, 1/2, 3/4, 1 oz
Blades Double Blades
Hooks Mustad UltraPoint
MSRP $8.29


Quality/Construction: Picasso's BuzzSaw buzzbait comes in four different sizes ranging from three eighths of an ounce all the way up to one ounce (3/8 - 1 oz). I purchased a couple of the half ounce versions to try out. Each bait features a painted head with a fair amount of detailing, Mustad Ultra Point Hooks, and a silicone skirt. The skirt is fastened with a band and not hand tied.

Ready for some buzzbait action on the CA Delta with Picasso's BuzzSaw.

Real World Tests: It seems like it's always buzzbait season on the California Delta and whenever I'm made aware of a new buzzbait to try out, the Delta is my destination of choice. I fished Picasso's BuzzSaw off and on over the course of a few trips to get a sense of what this bait is about.

Rigged and ready to go aboard my Phenix MX72H + Revo SX combo.

Castability : Casting buzzbaits can be tricky sometimes. This is partially why I choose the heavier ones (half ounce and above). I just feel they give you more momentum to throw against whatever wind you might be facing. Paired with a seven foot or longer, heavy powered stick like Phenix's MX72H and a Revo SX reel spooled with 12lb Sunline Super Natural, this bait sails through the air very much on point. The bait will sometimes tumble in the air, but for the most part it sails straight and true.

Picasso always has good detailing on the heads of their bladed baits.

Ease of Actuation : The BuzzSaw comes up to the surface pretty easily with those double props really pushing the bait to the surface. Once on the surface, you can find a nice, slow cadence to really crawl that thing back to the boat yet maintain that surface disturbance of the double, counter rotating blades.

A look at how the blades and head come out from the line tie.

Quality of Movement : That's right, I said counter rotating which means those blades spin in opposite directions making all kinds of noise and causing quite a bit of disturbance making it both easy for bass to track and super annoying for them as they try to stay hidden beneath the grass. This is a fun buzzbait to throw and really causes a lot of commotion.

The BuzzSaw leaves a nice bubble trail behind it.

Design/Ergonomics: We touched up on the BuzzSaw's primary features earlier but an additional item that bears mentioning is the fact the bait's head lies in a straight line from the line tie. I prefer buzzbaits that have a bend in the wire between the line tie and weighted head so that the head sits just a little bit further beneath the surface. I find it leads to better hook up ratios. It's a tweak you can easily make out on the water with a pair of needlenose pliers, but some manufacturers sell their buzzbaits with this bend. In fact, Picasso's single bladed DinRBell buzzbait has this bend.

Buzzbait fun on the CA Delta!

Price & Application: The BuzzSaw comes in four different colors, but up to seven different blade and skirt color combinations and sells for $8.29. You can get it in sizes from three eighths of an ounce all the way up to one full ounce.


Picasso's BuzzSaw Buzzbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Good finish and decent detailing, and a banded skirt - not hand tied 7.5
Performance Rises to the surface easily and causes a lot of commotion 8
Price On the high side of average as far as buzzbaits go 7.5
Features Counter rotating blades and sharp, Mustad hook 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Pretty standard design 7
Application It's all about that topwater buzz bite! 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Good detailing in the head - No bend in the wire to sit the head and hook lower in the water
+ Counter rotating blades allow slower movement on surface - No hand tied skirt
+ Makes a good amount of commotion!  

I think I'm sold on the double bladed buzzbait phenomenon.

Conclusion: I think I'm sold on the double bladed buzzbait phenomenon. It does take some getting used to chucking this big blob of wire and blades out but if the A-Rig showed us anything, an aggressive bass doesn't care. The counter rotating blades of this bait are fun to churn across the surface as you try to find just the right pace to crawl the bait back yet keep it on top. Then KABOOM! and all heck breaks loose. If you haven't experienced the thrill of that top water, buzzbait explosion, you're really missing out!


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