Bass pro Latuso picks buzzbait as favorite October lure

(Photo courtesy Robbie Latuso)

October is a prime time to throw topwaters almost anywhere, according to bass pro Robbie Latuso of Gonzales. His top pick is a buzzbait, namely, a ½-ounce Delta Lures buzzbait that’s very productive for him as fall arrives.

“You start getting fronts, and the fish start feeding more. You just cover a lot of water with (a buzzbait),” Latuso said.

Latuso recommends fishing a buzzbait around grass or any kind of vegetation, shallow or deep. He chooses Delta Lures’ models because “he (Fred King, the manufacturer) makes a good one. Yeah, I like the the hook, the way the head is shaped, and it runs good.”

Latuso will switch out the original blade on the ½-ounce model for a smaller blade, then add either a glacier-colored or black/red Zoom Z-Craw Jr. or a white or black/red Strike King Rage Menace. He can get more distance on his casts that way, he said.

Latuso ties the buzzbait to 40-pound Fitzgerald Vursa Braid. If he’s fishing clear water, he’ll go to monofilament or fluorocarbon.

“If I can get away with braid, I’ll throw braid first,” said Latuso, who fishes the buzzbait with a Shimano Metanium reel seated on a 7-foot MH Fitzgerald Rod.

Latuso has had many memorable bites on his favorite buzzbaits, including in months other than October. For example, while practicing in early June for a Bassmaster Elite tournament on Alabama’s Lake Eufala, he enjoyed heart-stopping catches on a small, white Delta Lures buzzbait.

“The shad spawn had just started,” Latuso said. “They were killing that thing. Each day, I had at least three over 7 pounds and one day I had five over 7 pounds.”

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Don Shoopman fishes for freshwater and saltwater species mostly in and around the Atchafalaya Basin and Vermilion Bay. He moved to the Sportsman’s Paradise in 1976, and he and his wife June live in New Iberia. They have two grown sons.

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