How to Catch Fish With Buzz Bombs

The Buzz Bomb

The Buzz Bomb is a 3-dimensional diamond-shaped jig with a hole running the length of the body, which allows it to slide freely up and down the line. The shape of the lure causes it to spin and dart as it sinks in the water column, sending out vibrations which mimic a wounded baitfish, and trigger strikes from predatory fish.

The claim on the box, "Catches All Fish," is a bit of a stretch in my opinion, as there are numerous fish that would likely never hit such a lure, but for certain types of fishing and fish species, this lure is a must-have. They are available in nearly every color imaginable, in sizes ranging from 1 1/2" minis to 6" magnums.

The Buzz Bomb has been catching fish for many years. It is a simple design, needing little additional tackle to be fished effectively. While the instructions on the box do a mediocre job of explaining effective use, I plan on providing you with a few tricks to further increase your fishing effectiveness with Buzz Bombs.

How To Rig A Buzz Bomb

Buzz Bomb - Bead - Bumper - Hook
Buzz Bomb - Bead - Bumper - Hook

What's Included:

When you open the box, you will find the components: a rubber bumper, a treble hook, and the Buzz Bomb itself. In general, this is all that is needed to get you fishing; however some simple changes can be made to increase effectiveness.

Rigging the Buzz Bomb:

Since the Buzz Bomb will spin freely on the fishing line, there is no need for a swivel or leader when rigging a Buzz Bomb. The only exceptions being if you are using braided line, a monofilament leader would be highly recommended. This monofilament leader can be tied directly to your braided main line with a Double-Uni Knot. Allow about 3 feet of leader.

Run your mono main line directly through the body of the Buzz Bomb. It is very important that you check the lure to make sure the Buzz Bomb is oriented the proper way! Printed on the lure are arrows telling which end of the lure should be on the hook side of your rig.

Next, thread your line through the rubber bumper. Many people accidentally discard these as trash, however they serve the very important purpose of protecting your knot while fishing.

Finally, tie on the treble hook with whatever knot you prefer, my personal preference here would be a Uni Knot.

And that's all there is to the basic Buzz Bomb Rig!

Catch More Fish on Buzz Bombs With These Modifications

While the basic rig will catch fish, a few small, simple, and dirt cheap tricks can be used to further increase the number of fish you catch.

A Bead

One easy way to improve a Buzz Bombs efficiency is to thread a single bead on the line between the Buzz Bomb and the rubber bumper. As the lure falls, it is designed to spin. If however the lure is in contact with the rubber bumper, the metal on rubber will result in a high-friction contact surface, and limit the lure's ability to spin. If you add a bead, the lure has a much lower-friction surface to spin against. Additionally, metal or glass beads can be selected to give a "click" every time the lure and bead strikes, or glow-in-the-dark beads can be selected to give the rig a little extra visibility. Experiment with different bead colors and combinations.

The Hook

The hook that is provided is good, but not great. Select a sharper, sturdier hook to increase hook-ups and get more fish into the boat. Also, if treble hooks are banned where you will be fishing, purchase new single-point hooks rather than clipping the given hook.


It can't hurt. Whatever you have in the tackle box, just to get your own scent off the rig. Remember, fishing scents generally degrade, and can go rancid with age, so make sure you have some fresh scent. Smelly Jelly is great!

How to Fish with a Buzz Bomb

While Buzz Bombs can be fished in a whole range of ways, the most productive technique is jigging. This is a very easily learned method of fishing. The steps are:

1. Cast: Get your lure out there as far as you can, or simply target a spot you know holds fish.

2. Wait: Let the lure sink to a desired depth. Depending on the weight and size of the lure, the lure will sink at different rates.

3. Jig: Raise the fishing rod tip up into the air, pulling the lure up through the water.

4. Drop: Quickly drop the rod tip, allowing the lure to fall freely in the water column.

5. Reel: Reel in some slack line in order to keep the lure at the desired depth.

Repeat "Jig, Drop, Reel" until your lure is back to the boat, pier, or shore.

When it comes to fishing with a Buzz Bomb, this is the easy part. The difficult part comes when determining a strike. The strike will almost always come during the drop part of the jigging process. Since the line is slack at this point, it is difficult to feel the strike. Many times you won't know you have a fish on until you raise the rod tip, which is sometimes too late. Since the lure doesn't taste particularly good to a fish, it will often spit it out before you can sink the hook. The key to catching as many of these strikes as possible is to learn to interpret a strike on a slack line. As you are jigging, notice the behavior of your fishing line throughout the steps. As the lure is falling, your line will pull under water at an even pace. If the line pulls under water erratically, or more commonly, stops pulling underwater, you likely have a fish on, so SET THE HOOK! If you were wrong, no harm done, the rubber bumper will protect your knot. If you were right, FISH ON!


A Word About Pink Salmon

Pink Salmon, or "Humpies," are a Pacific Salmon breed known for their large schools and affinity for pink colored lures (at least that's how the rumors go). Any pink salmon fishing enthusiast will likely swear by all pink everything, especially Bubble Gum Pink Buzz Bombs. Having worked at a fishing supply store, I can honestly say these lures accounted for at least half of all Buzz Bomb sales. They were the must-have of pink salmon fisherman everywhere. On the other hand, any salmon fishing guide will likely swear that the hungry little buggers will hit whatever you throw in the water, as they often take Silver and Chinook rigs of any color as well.

Personally, I've caught more pink salmon on pink Buzz Bombs than any other lure. For pink salmon fishing, this is often all I use. If you live in a pink salmon spawning area, and plan on using pink Buzz Bombs, make sure to stock up early, as during the heat of the run they are worth their weight in gold, and nearly impossible to come by.

Buzz Bombs are extremely effective lures for all other types of salmon as well, and shouldn't be overlooked when fishing for other species.

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Comments 9 comments

Steelhead 3 years ago

Thank you this helped a lot I caught a 14 lb

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huntnfish 3 years ago from Montana/Washington Author

Thats awesome!! Glad to hear it!

Kyle 15 months ago

When do the pinks start coming into hoods canal?

#dreamsonthefly 15 months ago

they are starting now.

Nick 14 months ago

Hey I read this blog or whatever it's called! I was out today on the snohomish river for pinks and I didn't get a single bite! Can you post a video of how you do it like the whole 6 steps! That would be greatly appreciated!

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huntnfish 14 months ago from Montana/Washington Author

Hey Nick! Sorry to hear you didn't get any bites yet, I've been there too. In my experience, a lot of river fishing is in the timing. It seems they're either on the move or on the bite. Buzzbombs can be efficient in the river, however I prefer jigs. Pink jig heads with squid skirts or pink steelhead jigs. Try these either on they're own, or under a float, casting and let it drift down the river. Sometimes adding a bit of sand shrimp to the hook helps. If you don't add bait, definitely add scent. I know competition with other anglers can get tight, but if possible, find a bend or deeper hole in the river, more fish will be hold in the deeper stretches. We're stilling catching them in good numbers in the salt, so there are still a number of weeks left to catch them. Just keep trying, you'll get one, and probably more! I'll update the hub with a video.

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RTalloni 4 months ago from the short journey

Headed to Kenai in salmon season. This will make a neat gift for host.

Lee H 4 months ago

I have been using buzz bombs for 10+ years in Utah's Strawberry Reservoir targeting Cutthroat trout with a occasional rainbow or kokanee salmon. You are correct in your statement that properly jigging is the key, vertical is best here just off bottom. Will try the bead, can't hurt.

Jesse Corgatelli 4 weeks ago

I caught my very first salmon using the buzz bomb I love this lure.

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