– We ought to go down the banka little bit more, I guess. Oh, oh! Little buzzbait bass!That’s whatI’m talking about, son. Oh, that was funny. He hit it right at the boat. I was just getting readyto take out and hit another one. Come on. I know you didn’tget a chance to fight. Uh, come here. I got ya. He came blastingright up in front of me and nailed that bait. Let me tell ya something,folks, we’re at Roosevelt Lake,it’s the middle of the day, when everybody thinks the topwater bite’s not there. And guess what we’re throwing. We’re throwing a buzzbait made by PersuaderAmerican Angling,and, uh, this isa cool little buzzbait,I like it. Um, we’re seeing a lotof the dragonflies and stuff,you know,going across the water,and, of course,the water is coming down. That’s the one thingI don’t like about it,but it’s showinga lot of brush,and we’re gonna fish aroundsome of that stuffand see if we can’t catchsome nice buzzbait fish. But this particular baithas a blade in a blade. It’s got a little quad blade,it’s a little plastic bladeinside of a metal blade. And the noise this thing makesis unbelievable. It has–I don’t–it’s hardfor me to describe it,but it’s more ofa “whoosh” type sound. When you see the basschasing shad,and you hear that–all the shadjumping out of the water,that “whoosh” that you get,that’s the same soundthat this thing makescoming across the water. It’s not as loudas a regular buzzbait. But what’s cool about it is,I’ve tipped it offwith a littleYamamoto grub there,uh, chartreuse,to kind of match the hatchof the–of the, uh,dragonflies and stuffthat are coming across. There’s blue ones, and I’ve seensome big black ones. And, boy, when I seethose big black ones out,with the little chartreuseon ’em, boy, I’ll tell ya,I’m gonna throw thisand see what I can’t catch. But what happens is,is, they’re lower in the lake,but still,it’s going into fall,and these fishare all over the place. You could catch ’em, like I say,spooning or crankingor spinnerbaiting,or, you know,topwater’s a lot of fun. And you get up thereway shallow,you almost can’t getshallow enough. I’m sittingin 2, 3 foot of waterwith my boat,and, uh, I hadanother one come upand jump all over itand missed him;he kind of jumped overthe bait. But, uh, we’ll go downthe bank,see if we can’t catcha few fish on this thing. Now, I’ll tell ya,I’m using a brand-newprototype rod from Taipan RodsI’m trying out for them. And, uh,it’s a buzzbait rod. And what I loveabout this rod,it’s got a real flimsytip on it. Not a real flimsy, but it’s likea medium heavy rod. It’s got a real stiff buttto it, you know?The backbone to itis unbelievable. But it’s gotjust enough tip on itto where, like,when that fish just hit,the fish could suck the bait inwhere the hook’s at,and the tip will flexjust a little bit. But it’s still stiff enoughto be able to set the hookreally good on those fish. Pair that up witha 65-pound braid linewith a buzzbait,and you’re good to go. I’m gonna have to puta new grub on. They will tear those grubs up. But that’s okay. Maybe I’ll seeif I can flip it overif it doesn’tcome on top of a. . . That–oh,got to get a new one. But that’s the ticket for today,and we’re gonna try to seeif we can’t catchsome buzzbait fish,some topwater action for youtoday here at Roosevelt Lake. Got him! There he is!♪ Come on. ♪ He’s right up therenext to those bushes. Not a giant–oh, I lost him!Not a giant fish,but he was right up therenext to those bushes. Let’s see if there’ssomething else in there. Giving it too muchoomph there. Try to get himout of those trees. But he was right therealong those bushes,right along the–right alongthat line right there. You know, one of the ticketsto even getting biton this thing is,what I like about thisparticular buzzbaitthat I’m throwing,it’s a little bit differentthan an average buzzbaitthat you would normallytake out of the package–just throw and reel it in. Every once in a while,I’m giving it a little twitch,just a little quick twitchto get it to do that”whoosh” sound. And that “whoosh” soundis what I think isattracting these fishto the bait. Like it’s running from them. You know, just a couple littletwitches of the rod tip. And you knowwhat’s really importantabout throwinga buzzbait, too,how to bring it back properlyand stuff,first of all, I liketo throw that buzzbait–get one that you can,you know,work it as slow as you canto keep it on top of the water. That’s first and foremostbefore you startreally cranking it acrossreal fast. The other thing is,is that whenyou throw it out there,you want to–in order to–don’t let your buzzbait sink. Try to time it whenit’s gonna hit the water,and keep that bait up on top. So I’ll throw it out there,soon as it hits the water,boom, I’ve got my rod tip up,I’ve stopped my bait,and I’m bringing it right acrossthe top right there. I’m not wasting any timeof letting it sink downinto the water column,because then it takes youfour or five turns andyou’re pulling it 5 or 6 feetbefore you bring itback out of the water. So the thingthat’s really importantis to keep that rod tip upwhen you cast. – The problem with braid–and I love braid lineon these buzzbaits becauseyou got instant contact–is, you got to havea tip on your rodthat it–that it will allowthe fish to suck the bait inbefore you set the hook. And sometimes you can geta little overzealous,a little fast on the hook set,and the fish doesn’tget the bait all the wayin its mouth,because you see the blowup. That’s one of the toughestthings about throwing topwater. You got to allow that fishto be able to turn its head. And it’s even hard for me sometimes,so you got to let him turn or let him get that baitbefore you really set the hook. But what I love about the braidis, I can set the hook,it’s instant. But the other problemyou have with braidis–you got to be careful withis ripping the hookout of the fish’s mouthand, uh–because there’sabsolutely no stretch. ♪ Fence line coming inthe water. See that?Ugh! Nice fish. Oh, that’s a good fish, folks! Oh, oh!Almost fell down. Oh!♪ Come on. Yeah, look at that fish, folks! Yeah, a little buzzbait bass. Look at that, huh?Beautiful fish. Those are the kind of fishyou catch up shallowthis time of year, man. Look at how healthy that fishlooks, right there, huh?Beautiful Roosevelt Lake bass. That’s another thing niceabout braid line,you can swing ’em in,but, I’ll tell ya what,he tore that thing up again. I’ll tell ya, one of the reasonsI like fishingshallow flats like thisthis time of yearis, usually,if you find those fishin the shallows like this,they’re active, they’ll hit,you know, they’ll bite. And it’s a lot of fun,you got to get upand try the flatsonce in a while,and, uh, it seems likewe’re getting ona littlesomething-something here;they’re around those bushes. And I’m doing somethingthat not a lot of guys do. And that is, I’m throwinga black buzzbait. And the purpose of that is,is, listen–You can throw whiteif they’re chasing shad. If you see ’em chasing shad,go to white, whatever. But because of the, um,dragonflies on the water,things like that,you know, you could throwa frog, whatever. A lot of guyslike to throw the black. This works just as well. And, for some reason, adding this littlechartreuse-tip tail to it where it wiggles on top of the water, they just blast it that much harder. And they see it–number one,we’re in dingy water, okay?They see it really well. But they can feelthat vibration,they’re up shallow,and they see that tail,and they just clobber it. But black for mehas been really good. I mean, I’ve hada lot of success on black,and I think a lot of usget caught upinto the whites and the pearlsand stuff like that,and they work great too,but in saying that,I’ve gone behind peoplewith the blackbecause the fish just–it’s somethingthey don’t see every day. But, uh, you know, we’recatching a few fish doing that,but buzzbait fishing’sa lot of fun to do,and in the fall–whoo. Midsummer, even. And we’re herein the afternoon. We’re talking 12:00,1:00 in the afternoon,so, you know,we’re catching ’em. It’s a bluebird day sky,the water’s pretty much flat,and you wouldn’t think thatyou’d get anything,really, on reaction, but, hey,we’re catching themon buzzbaits, and it’s fun whenyou’re fishing in this brushwith buzzbaits. One of the reasonsbraid works really goodin this stuff is becauseyou’re having topull ’em outof a lot of this brush. And braid–you’ve gotthe confidence to do it with. – Oh, man,that’s a good fish!Right there. Oh, yeah! Those are the onesyou want, baby. Yeah!Lookit there. Another buzzbait bass. I love it. When they come upand crush this bait,there’s nothing like it. Nothing like it. That is a beautiful little fish,but he’s–boy,look at the sore on his back. That eagle that was over theremight’ve been–might’ve been trying to get thatlittle dude here and there. But look at the size ofhis mouth compared to his body. He’s a little hungry, that’s whyhe’s up here shallow eating. You know?♪ You know, one thingto really think aboutwhen you’re doingthis kind of fishingis, we have a flat,slick day today. And, uh, you knowit’s that time of yearwhere the fish startschooling up. But you’re gonna go toprobably pockets and areaswhere you getbit, bit, bit, bit,and then it slows down,and that’s what’sbasically happened to us. So they’re schooling up,a lot of it. Especially after seeingthe school that I saw there,they’re pretty much schooling upand roaming up and downthe bank, and you hopeto catch ’em just right. But the other thing is,is, you know,the bait we’re throwing todayis a great baitfor this calm, slick water. And–but I’m gonna say this,when you get into an areaand you geta little chop on the water,a little bit of breeze,you might want to go somethinga little bit noisier. You know, you go withthose aluminum bladesthat chirp a little bit. You can go to somewith clackers on it,and, uh. . . This blade is awesome, it stillhas a little squeak to it. But it’s definitely great formy calm water and I’m loving it. But, uh,I can tell you this,you know, we’ve even thrownthe triple blade by Persuader,but you can also get somethat make the noise,the squeak that you want for the heavier water. And what I mean by that is, when the wind’s blowing a little bit,you get a little bit of breeze,you want to make a little bitmore noise, you can do that. ♪ – Hey, folks,for my tip of the week,one thing that’s reallyimportant to rememberabout buzzbait fishing, it’s notalways just cast and wind,cast and wind, cast and wind. Remember, you can adda little action to that baitjust by throwing it out there,bringing it in,kind of slowing it downand chirping it a little bit. I call it “chirping” it,however you want to do it,but givin’ it a few little tugs and keeping the blade going,but fast, slow, fast, slow. Things like thatattract a bass,and it makes the baitlook injured a lot of times. And they come upand crush it. I’ve caught so many fishdoing that. So remember,you can throw it out there and just wind it in at a steady retrieve, but don’t ever think that you can’tdo a little stop and go,stop and go with that bladeand make it chirp a little bit. I’ll tell ya what, you’ll bea little bit surprisedif you do thatby a bush someday. Oh, oh!Oh, yeah! I saw that fish, folks! Oh, God, yeah!Look how far–I was gettingready to bring that in. Look how far–I saw himcome out from under this tree,and I slowed my bait down,and he came up and ate it!That’s a 5-pounder. That’s what I’m talkingabout, son. Look at that. I almost wish I hadn’t haveshown this bait, man. That thing is awesome!That’s a great bait. Oh, my goodness. Oh. I can’t believe how closethat fish came. We’ve had two fishblow right up at the boat,and they are not afraidof all of this. I mean, that’s crazy. That’s when, for this bait, fishing gets fun, folks. Oh. I’ll tell ya what,you want a heart-stopper? Throw a buzzbaitall the way to the boat and don’t bring itout of the water real fast until you get right to the boat. When they blast itright at the boat. . . yeah. That’ll getyour heart pumping, baby. I love it. Oh, my goodness,buzzbait bass. Are you kidding me right now?Oh. Oh, you see what lives in here?You see what lives in here? You see why you need the braid? You can throw this with 17 or 20-poundtest fluorocarbon line– sure, go ahead. But I’m telling you right now,I’m glad I got the braid onin this stuff. What’s so neat about this is,this is calm enough,how it comes across the water,and it really isnot all that noisy. It’s kind of a–a differentkind of a presentationfor a buzzbait, for sure. So you’ll haveto check that out,but that’s a heck of a bladeright therefor this calm water,without a doubt. And you can see, it comesthrough the water so nicewith the way thatthe head is made on these. You know, it’s flat. so when you’re reeling,you’re not getting all thatpressure againstthe bait at all. It just slicks right throughthe water really nice. I really love this bait. And it casts good. You know,I get a long cast on it. Makes a difference–and I’ll tell ya something else,putting the grub on thathelps with that. You want a little bit heaviercast–even if you don’t wantthe tail on it,you can still geta grub, put it onthe shank of the hook,and tear the ribbon partof it off,and you can geta little bit heavier–it’ll make ita little bit more heavyso you can cast it farther. – Got him! Got him. That’s whatI’m talking about, son. Come on. Little flick shake bassright there, folks. Little flick shake bass. I’m want to tell youwhat happened right here. Oh, my goodness. I pulled out my littleflick shake rigbecause I saw a school of thesebass running through herewhen I was throwing my buzzbait. Alls it is, just a–that’s exactly what it isright there,just a little flick shake, man. I’m telling ya. That’s just a 1/4 ounce. I’m throwing a Senko on it. And. . . That fish came upand whapped it. And there’s more in there. The thing is, is, there’sa lot more fish in here. I don’t want to spook ’em all,but. . . I’m just wacky-rigging itright there. And that fish came outand got it. Now let’s seeif I can get another one. See if there’s another onein there for me. There was all kinds of themin there a minute ago. I ran over ’emand I’m like,”They’re not–they’re chasing the buzzbait,”but they’re not grabbing itbecause we’reright on top of them. “So I pulled this outof my rod locker, thinking,”Well, I’ve gotsomething else I can try. “And, uh. . . without even thinking,just pulled it outand thinking, “Well, a lotof times when you see ’emschool up like that,you can catch ’em doing this. “Oh, there he is!Another nice fish. And I was just getting backto the pocket of this grass. There we go. ♪ – Got him!That’s what I’m talking aboutright there, son. ♪ Stopped and chirped it. Stopped and chirped it. ♪ Come on. That’s a good fish. Little–not a bad fish,right there. He came up and ate it. I stopped and chirped it. Oh!Come on, fish,don’t do that to me. Ugh. I’ll tell you what,not a bad little fish. Buzzbait bass. You know, I caught that fishstopping and chirping it,and that’s–that’s really cool. I’ll tell you what,Roosevelt Lake offersa lot of different kind offishing here this time of year. And you can have so much fun,like I said,from spooning to topwater. Uh, and if I can give youone piece of advice,don’t ever be afraid to go in2 to 3 foot of water. Because those basswill get up on them flats. And they’ll be up in therechasing stuff. We just caught himout of the grass. Boat’s sitting in3 feet of water. You can’t be afraidto do that stuff,just pull your motor upand watch your graph real closeand have some fun. But you’ll definitelycatch some fish. Having some buzzbait funright here at Roosevelt Lake. Thanks for joining uson the water. We’ll catch you next week. I’m Johnny Johnson.