No. 10 - 1/4-ounce buzzbait
Virginia’s Ken Trail, who operates Rock On Charters, boosts the buzzbait for big bronzebacks, saying that this is one of the top choices for active, summertime smallmouth.
“Two keys: Cast beyond the target, and make sure a buzzer is churning the moment it hits the water,” he says. “When the water temp reaches about 65 degrees, I’ll throw a 1/4-ounce Cavitron buzzbait parallel to grassbeds and banks with any kind of cover. Current breaks and eddy pockets are just as good.”
One caveat, continues Trail, is that for whatever reason, summertime days exist when smallmouth won’t chase a buzzer. It’s best then to select other topwaters.
Lure Specifics: Skirt and blade colors really don’t matter during the day, Trail says, but go with all black buzzers at night.