August 20, 2015
Most anglers agree that the more irritating a buzzbait can sound with squeaks, squeals and clacking, the more often a bass will take a swipe at the bait. Clacking starts with buying a bait with a built-in clacker already attached or in bending the wire holding the blade(s) a bit closer to the lead-head.
Making a bait squeak – or squeal as some call it – can be achieved one of several ways.
The first is to use the bait a lot since simple wear and tear will gradually enlarge the hole of the rivet holding the blade(s) in place.
A second method is to remove the rivet, slightly crimp the ends (just barely, not too much) and use a file or sandpaper to rough up the portion of the wire that will make contact with the crimped rivet.
A third – and more humorous – method to accomplish all of this is to drive down the highway with the buzzbait hanging out the window as the blades spin wildly and wear the rivet down more quickly.
And a final method some use is to soak the rivet and the end of the wire (not the blade) in a saltwater solution to create some noise-making corrosion.
However you get your eggbeater to be a bit more noisy and obnoxious as it rattles across the surface of the water, the better off a bass will tend to like it.