Titanium Elite Buzzbait
Editor's Note: Thirty-one-year-old Mark Rose of Marion, Arkansas, has fished professionally for some 4 years. In the past, he’s worked as a district executive for the Boy Scouts of America's national office. He went pro with Strike King several years ago. Although he's never won a tournament, he proves his consistency by always finishing near the top.
Question: Tell me about the Titanium Elite buzzbait.
Rose: The Titanium Elite puts off more action than any other buzzbait out there because most buzzbaits are made out of heavy wire. The only action that you actually get out of that bait is from the actual buzzer itself -- the spinner on the buzzbait. With the Titanium Elite buzzbait, the whole entire wire, from the head until the end of the blade, is giving off a vibration because Titanium is such a limp wire. It's so effective with spinner baits because it gives off more vibration than actual steel. A buzzbait is the same way.
Most people don't think of vibration in a buzzbait, but it actually helps pulsate the water so you can catch many more fish on it than you can on a wire. After so much wear and tear, the wire will usually break. However, if I fish the Titanium buzzbait, I don't have to worry about my wire breaking.
Question: Any special tactics that you use with the Titanium Elite?
Rose: A buzzbait is kind of a self-explanatory bait when you are trying to get a topwater bite, especially in the springtime. The Titanium Elite is my search bait whenever I'm trying to figure out if the fish are spawning. If you wonder whether or not the water temperature is warm enough for the fish to spawn and bite, take the buzzbait up to shallow water and fish for 2 hours.
If you don't get any bites, you know the fish aren't ready to feed. But if they begin to bite, put everything else aside and let the Titanium Elite help you catch quality fish and the biggest fish out there. You'll be able to cover a lot more water out there because it's practically weightless around any cover.