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“Buzz Bass with Rick Clunn” Day 4: Calling Bass with Buzzbaits’ Grass and Rock Racket

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Editor’s Note: According to Rick Clunn of Ava, Missouri, four-time Bassmaster Classic Champion, “The big 1/4-ounce buzzbait will attract better quality bass than many other lures.  I believe the bigger the bait and the more the racket it makes, the larger a bass must be to eat it.  Big bass require larger bait fish for a meal than smaller fish do. And, when that buzzbait comes walking across the water, running into structure and acting dazed, a big bass is more likely to inhale it than a small bass will. However, I really don’t care why a lunker largemouth seems to prefer a buzzbait more than small bass do. I just know from experience that it does.”

Grass and Buzzbaits:

“Grass and weeds are my favorite structures to fish with a buzzbait. Weeds can present a problem to many anglers, because a large grass bed tends to spread the bass out. When you try to work that grass bed with a worm or a spoon, you have only a very-limited area in which to show your bait to a fish. However, with a buzzbait, the lure actually will call bass out of the grass and cause them to come in search of your bait, instead of the bait’s going in search of the bass.

“One of my favorite techniques in fishing grass is to cast the lure deep into a thickly-grassed area. I fast-retrieve the racket bait through the thick grass and then slow the bait down when it comes to an opening or an area where the grass is thinner. I want the bait to make a slow, plop-plop-plop noise in the open areas, so the bass can hear as well as see the bait. I’m anticipating a strike in these open areas, because that’s where the bass generally will blow through the cover to inhale the bait. If you don’t slow the bait down when it comes to the hole, you still may get a strike. But your chances of catching a fish are cut in half.

“Bass usually have a difficult time coming through weeds, and for that reason the lure needs to stay in the strike zone for a longer time and move at a slower rate of speed than it normally will. The worst water weeds for me to fish and the ones that I personally feel are the least productive for a racket bait are lily pads. For some reason I just don’t catch as many bass around lily pads on buzzbaits as I do other baits.”

Rocks and Rackets = Bass:

“Rocks in shallow water absorb the heat from the sun, warm up and draw bass to them. On those warm days during the early spring, I’ve seen big bass get into water so shallow that you can’t believe a big bass can swim there. But the fish are in there, and you can catch them on a buzzbait.

“Rip-rap is one of my favorite structures to fish. I have found that paralleling the bank with a buzzbait is my best bet for taking big bass. Paralleling the bank is so effective, because the bass are moving in close to the rip-rap to absorb some of the heat from the rocks. The fish may be holding from right up against a bank to only 3 or 4 feet away from the bank. If you cast into the bank and retrieve your bait to deep water, your bait will be in the most-productive waters from 10% to 20% of the time. But if you are paralleling the bank and fishing right up against the rocks, your lure will stay in the strike zone 70% to 80% of the time that the lure is being retrieved.

“Once again, I want the buzzbait to hit the rocks. You can fish too far away from the structure, but you never can fish too close.”

“Remember also to search for patterns within patterns. In fishing rip-rap, look for the bass to be where the bank ends, and the rip-rap begins, on either point where the rip-rap turns to go under a bridge, right on the bank or just out from the bank. If the bass are on rip-rap, they will be most likely on one specific area of that rip-rap. By determining what that place is, you’ll catch more fish.”

Looking for more content? Check out our YouTube channel and watch “Mark Davis – How to Find Bass Before a Tournament” by John E. Phillips.

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If you could sit down and interview some of the best pro bass fishermen in the world, what would you want them to tell you to help you improve your bass fishing skills?

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Denny Brauer will tell you the ways he hates to fish, how he picks the best fishing lures for different water and weather conditions, and will give you his best fishing tips for hot weather. In Brauer’s bonus chapters, he’ll teach you when to flip a jig, a tube, or a creature bait and tell you his three tips for how to be a better fisherman.

Mark Davis, in Chapter 3 of the book, explains his five secrets to becoming a better bass fisherman, how to turn your bass fishing around to the positive side, and how to catch hot-weather bass. In the bonus chapter, you’ll get six different interviews with Davis, where he tells you: three tips for becoming a better bass fisherman; his three favorite bass lures; and how to keep a big bass on the line and get it to the boat.

James Niggemeyer tells you how to become a bass pro. He also tells you how to catch bass when the weather sizzles. In Niggemeyer’s bonus chapter, he explains how to move from being a bass-club fisherman up to being a pro.

Mark Rose will explain his five favorite go-to bass lures, and how to catch bass in the middle of the summer.

In this book, you’ll hear from top-performing pro fishermen about how they catch big bass consistently, and what they do to win millions of dollars as professional bass fishermen.


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If you were having open-heart surgery at the hospital, you’d want the best doctor with the most experience and the latest equipment and techniques that money could buy to do your operation. You’d study these doctors’ credentials to learn who was the best.

This is the same type of research that author John E. Phillips has done with the best bass fishermen in the nation to solve the problem of how to find and catch the biggest and the most bass in any body of water that he fishes.

This is the same type of research that author John E. Phillips has done with the best bass fishermen in the nation to solve the problem of how to find and catch the biggest and the most bass in any body of water that he fishes.

In this book, you’ll hear about the techniques, tips, baits, lures, and tackle that 18 of the nation’s best professional fishermen use to support their families by winning bass tournaments and catching the most and the biggest bass they can in every tournament they fish.

Most of these anglers are Bassmaster Classic winners, Megabucks winners, Angler-of-the-Year and FLW Tour winners – like Rick Clunn, Kevin VanDam, George Cochran, Mark Davis, Paul Elias, Skeet Reese, Larry Nixon, Hank Parker, Ken Cook, Denny Brauer, Alton Jones, and Jay Yelas.

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Winning Strategies of the Bass Pros
I learned many years ago if you want to be the best you can be, then you need to learn from the best – particularly when you want to be the best bass fisherman possible. That’s why I’ve written Winning Strategies of the Bass Pros about 11 top bassers.

If you’re wondering at what age you can start learning about bass fishing, you’ll see in the first two chapters about two young men who have come up through the ranks of collegiate bass tournaments – Jordan Lee, who won the Bassmaster Classic in 2017, and Dustin Connell, who won $100,000 in a B.A.S.S. Elite Series tournament in Mississippi in 2017. Top-name pros on both the B.A.S.S. circuit and the FLW circuit are in this book, including Kevin VanDam, Jay Yelas, George Cochran, Rick Clunn, Larry Nixon, Woo Daves, Randy Howell, Scott Canterbury, and Gary Klein.


In How to Bass Fish Like a Pro, Volume II, you’ll learn tips and tactics from 21+ Bassmaster Classic winners, two Major League Fishing champions, and 20+ Bassmaster Anglers of the Year about some of the dramatic changes in bass fishing, like:

Depth Finders: You need the latest and greatest depth finders available, since they’re the brains of a bass boat with maps, GPS, side scanning, down scanning, and forward scanning features that enable you to see underwater structures and fish 100-feet away with a 360-degree view. Today’s competitive bass anglers may have four or five depth finders located on the consoles and the bows of their boats. 

Other Changes in Equipment: Power fishing for bass using heavy line and rods, big baits, and bait-casting reels that resemble winches have given way to finesse fishing and new techniques like fishing the Ned Rig, the Neko Rig, the Chicken Rig, and the Tokyo Rig on spinning tackle and line as small as 6-10 pounds. 

The Growth in Youth and College Competitions for Bass: A young person can begin competition fishing as early as the second grade and continue throughout high school. After that, if the competitor qualifies, he/she may win a scholarship to fish on a college team that eventually may lead them to a professional bass-fishing career. 

Changes in the Ways Anglers Bass Fish: Many of the most-consistent winners never pick-up their rods to fish during pre-fishing. Instead, they’ll idle across the water, dropping waypoints from their electronics in places where they’ve identified schools of bass holding. These contestants will have at least 50-250 locations, where they’ve pinpointed schools of bass before a tournament starts.


Tomorrow: Catching Timber Bass with Buzzbaits

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