the deep, clear, highland reservoirs
of the Southeast, where giant smallmouths lurk, it takes unusual
dedication and skill and an unusual bass lure - to
hit the jackpot. One such lure is the Silver Buddy, a thin,
metal vibrating lure. The Buddy is stamped from stainless steel,
then a lead weight is strategically added to give it ,a unique
profile and action.
Tenn., guide Marvin Clayhorn relies on the Silver Buddy when
hunting the string-stretching small-mouth of nearby Dale Hollow
smallmouths over 7 pounds on the Silver Buddy and feels it's
a great lure choice in deep. cold water," Clayborn says. "Always
fish it on baitcasting equipment, and try 12-pound line in clear
gets his Buddy out when the water drops below, 48 degrees. "Here.
the bass are inactive and won't hit anything unless you drop
it on their noses.The Buddy falls extremely fast. which makes
it nice in deep water. It's one of the few baits I can fish fast
in 30-foot water."
his biggest smallmouth. Clayborn searches out steep shale banks
with a 45-degree slope. submerged humps with 20 to 30 feet
of water on top,and deep points with a fast taper into a river
"In cold water, I'll fish it slow." he says. "The bait has such
tremendous vibration that you're tempted to reel it fast so it'll flash more.
hut on smallmouths,you've got to barely move it." Clayborn
makes a long cast and lets the lure drop on a tight line. Once
it hits bottom, he pulls it with a short movement of the rod tip.
move it enough to feel the vibration, then let it fall back
to the bottom." he
advises The Silver Buddy looks like it would hang everything
in sight but it's remarkably snag-free. "I work it through
unbelievable stump beds." Clayborn says. "The nose
of the bait turns down, and it bumps over most objects. The hooks
run straight back when it's moving. It you do hang it, don't
tighten down hard and sink the hooks into the snag – get
over the bait and shake the rod tip, and it'll come free."
has a trick that maximizes the lure's already stunning action. "Bend
the tail of the bait to the right or left about 1/16 inch. and
it'll fall in a swimming motion when you drop it." He says
bass will really nail this bait so hangon! They hit harder and
deeper than any bait I've ever fished." he claims.