Blades of Glory

I have dozens of buzzbaits, and if I were to take the time to count my stockpile it might turn out that my inventory has hit triple digits. But unlike the Senko, where I rely exclusively on a single brand, when it comes to buzzbaits there are numerous manufacturers represented in my existing arsenal. I have them in every size from 1/8 ounce up to ¾ ounce. I have inline versions and double buzzers. I have clackers and headbangers, aluminum double wings and plastic tri-wings. Some wear traditional skirts and others are made to accommodate a buzz toad.

I am, in short, a buzzbait polygamist.

Whether you consider my lack of loyalty to any particular company a feature (“he’s versatile!”) or a bug (“sonofagun overcomplicates things”) that’s the current state of my buzzbait world. I like variety, and while there are certain models that get far more use than the others, I like the spread the love. My one prejudice, however, is in the type of blade that I employ. The triple-wings rarely get used, but even among the standard “dual wing” blades I have a strong preference – I like the ones that have a “sleeve” running down the center of the blade itself. In other words, the wire goes in through a hole at one end of the blade, through a little tunnel mid-blade, and then out a hole at the other end. If the blade is “unsheathed” between the two ends, it just doesn’t look right to me.

I have no scientific or evidence-based rationale for this prejudice. It’s just how it is, and with more buzzbaits in my boat than I can use in a lifetime (and more purchases likely down the road), it’s an unsubstantiated preference that I can live with until someone starts kicking my butt from the back of the boat with something else.