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More Flash and Splash with the appropriately named Booyah “Bi-You Buzz” (continued)

Retrieving cont'd: We got the pictures and released the fish back into the water. When I finally had a moment I sat down in the bass boat, still out of breath. I turned to my side and turned to see my “Save Phace” mask with a crack right down the middle of it. In the excitement Cal had jumped over and stepped on the mask. I held up the busted mask and turned to Cal, “for a fish like that I’ll sacrifice a mask any day.”


It is easy to plane the Bi-You Buzz with a normal baitcaster, no burner reel is necessary with this bait

That Striper tested the durability of the Bi-You Buzz, as well as showcased an interesting feature in this lure. When the fish surfaced I noticed that the hook was bent in the exact same direction as the fishing line. The flexible hook makes it difficult for fish, even large ones, to break free from the lure by exerting leverage on the wire. It certainly helps that the Bi-You Buzz makes use of an extra sharp XCalibur Tx3 hook.


Churning back on the Delta I was suddenly hit with a splash


Price & Applications: While we only caught that single striper with the Bi-You Buzz during our tests we did catch plenty of bass with the bait. The Bi-You Buzz held up well, and unlike some competitor buzzbaits the blades required no maintenance to perform over the long term just as the manufacturer intended. The silicon skirts continue to flare up nicely, and we did not lose many strands over the course of all our tests.


It turned out to be a good sized striped bass!

The Bi-You Buzz retails for 9.99, a two dollar premium over the Counter Strike Buzz. The ten dollar price point puts the Bi-You Buzz in premium territory when it comes to buzzbait pricing, with many competitor dual blade offerings like those from Strike King retailing in the 6-7 dollar range.

During the fight my Save Phace paid the ultimate price as Cal stepped on the mask while trying to net the fish


The Bi-You Buzz is able to justify part of the price delta with the uniquely designed hydrodynamic head and flexible hook system. While the flexible hook system doesn’t increase your strike ratio it does improve your chances of hanging on to big fish. Whether that is worth an extra two dollars is a choice anglers will have to make at the register.


This surprise catch tested the durability of the flexible leverage hook system, and it survived nicely


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Booyah Bi-You Buzz Buzzbait  Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Great build quality, this multi-blade buzzer is built with excellent components and exhibits above average durability 8
Performance The Bi-You Buzz surprised us with the ability to perform in vegetation and caught bass (and even a quality striper) in clear water and heavily stained conditions 9
Price This bait costs more than the average buzzbait, and this includes other twin bladed baits as well. While not the most expensive it isn't cheap either 6
Features This bait has more features than the average buzzbait including a quality hook, flexible hook design, twin counter rotating blades, and a proprietary head 9
Design (Ergonomics) Great overall design that is easy to fish even in areas with obstructions 8
Application The lure works in varying water conditions and clarity thanks to a combination of flash and generous splash. The bait does put out a good amount of water churning noise 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Bulky yet nimble profile L Higher price than other buzzbaits
J Fast plane action  
J Leverage hook system keeps fish on  
J Easy to use, and catches fish in both clear and murky water  

Conclusion: Booyah’s Bi-You Buzz quickly won my heart with a quality design that proved both easy to fish and effective for calling up bass (and even the occasional striper) from the depths. With a unique combination of generous splash and flash with a choice of colored blades the Bi-You Buzz is able to separate itself out from the field. When a fish strikes the lure the XCalibur Tx3 hook and patented flexible hook system ensure that anglers have a good chance of landing that fish. There are few lures that can cause me to stomach the loss of a Save Phace mask, but the Bi-You Buzz delivered, and continues to prove to be one such a bait… making it a winner of our Editors Choice Award.













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