Buzzbaits are very popular topwater baits. The blade on a buzzbait is made to go half in the water and half out of the water. The blade causes a huge disturbance in the water driving bass crazy. Since buzzbaits are made to stay on the surface, they work best in the shallows near weeds, docks, timber and brush, etc. They also work well when bass are busting the surface on schools of shad in open water.
Rod, Reel & Line
Buzzbaits are usually fished with a baitcaster with heavier line and a heavier rod, however, spinning gear works fine too for many situations. If you’re fishing around cover for largemouth bass or northern pike, 17 to 30 pound test line is the norm, although, you may go lighter or heavier depending on the situation. For smallies, you may be fishing a smaller finesse-sized buzzbait in very clear water. 6 to 10 pound line and a medium action rod will get the job done in this situation.