Lures attract fish in many ways, including their shape, action, sound, splash and more. Sometimes lures trigger a feeding response. Other times fish strike out of defensiveness, aggravation, competitiveness or purely as a reaction. Our job as anglers is to figure out how to create strikes with a lure.

An Arbogast Buzz Plug provides a major advantage for figuring out the fish’s mood and catering to it because it is enormously versatile. Fish do have to be willing to feed on top, and they need to be at least somewhat aggressive. You can slow a Buzz Plug way down, but there’s really no way to make it too subtle. Caveats noted, presentation possibilities are highly varied with this lure.

A Buzz Plug, of course, can be worked like a traditional buzzbait with steady reeling, and it will plow through vegetation and other cover quite well. Along with buzzing, it wobbles and pushes water and rattles as it rocks from side to side. Because a Buzz Plug casts like a bullet, buzzing lets you cover a lot of water quickly to find aggressive fish and is extra effective when the fish are using expansive weedbeds or are scattered over a broad area such as a stump flat.

Of course, you can punctate a buzzing presentation to trigger a strike at any time by twitching the rod tip to momentarily sharpen the buzzing or by hesitating the presentation. Watch for high-percentage fish-holding areas such as isolated stumps, points along grassy edges and junctures of vegetation types, and add something different when your bait hits that sort of spot.

Also remember to vary buzzing speeds. Unlike a traditional buzzbait, a Buzz Plug floats, even when it’s sitting still, so you can swim it just quickly enough to keep the blades turning. At the same time, it can handle fast retrieves without going awry. At times simply finding the right buzzing speed is the key to tapping into the best action.

As well as a Buzz Plug works as a searching sort of a lure, it also works wonderfully as a target lure. When fish are holding tight to the bank or to specific pieces of cover like dock supports, stick-ups or brushpiles, a totally different type of presentation works best. Cast close to the cover, let the lure sit a bit, and then twitch it just enough to make it sputter. It might get blown out of the water as soon as you move it. If it doesn’t, wait a moment and twitch it again. Once the bait has moved a few feet from the cover, reel back quickly and cast to another target.

Again, you can vary things substantially simply by changing the lengths of pause times and the size and sharpness of twitches or tugs of the rod.

Many situations fall between the extremes, so in-between presentations with some combination of buzzing, stopping and twitching often working best. Experiment a lot. Also understand that the best presentation may vary by spot as you work a bank. If you’re out from a long point, you might want to buzz your lure over the entire thing. As you move back into an adjacent pocket, though, there might be a single log along the edge that will almost certainly hold any fish nearby, making a targeted presentation more likely to produce.

Of course, if you make a perfect cast to a log, work it slowly until it’s away from the log and then start reeling quickly to cast again, only to have a bass annihilate it halfway back and seemingly in the middle of nowhere, take that as a clue to do more buzzing! With so much versatility in one lure, you truly can let the fish tell you how they want it.