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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

Sorry if this is a dumbass question, but I was hoping for some guidance. 

 

I've not used Bucktails for European Bass, but I see that they are a popular lure for Stripers. Roughly speaking, what sort of scenarios suit Bucktails, & are there specific ways in which you tend to use them ?

post #2 of 17

There's a book by John Skinner, Fishing the Bucktail.  Should get you headed in the right direction(he knows more about it than I probably ever will).  Simply put, they're used in a variety of situations/locations; and one of a handful or two of artificials that every angler has in their bag.  The more you learn to use it, the more you'll want to use it.

post #3 of 17
Sometime ago a friend told me "bucktails look like nothing, but they imitate everything". J Skinners book was mentioned for your benefit. This will be a good start.
post #4 of 17
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Originally Posted by ChrisGouzies View Post

Sometime ago a friend told me "bucktails look like nothing, but they imitate everything". 

 

I think that's my issue. Soft plastics, hard baits, metals all 'make sense' to me, in that I know roughly what I'm imitating, but I have no idea what I'm trying to imitate with a Bucktail.

post #5 of 17

Skinners book is great, an awesome winter read as well! you can get the downloadable wersion for 10 bucks, well worth it!

post #6 of 17

I am rereading the book right now. It's worth the buck. I am sure that if you have the same water conditions over there, that the bucktail will work. Let us know how you do.

post #7 of 17
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I think that's my issue. Soft plastics, hard baits, metals all 'make sense' to me, in that I know roughly what I'm imitating, but I have no idea what I'm trying to imitate with a Bucktail.


Si,

More a case of what you can't imitating, form small slim bait, to bigger chunkier bait, be it shallow of deep. Differing weight, sizes, dressings and how you fish them mean you can tempt bass no matter what they are on. Plus tapping the rocks can be like ringing the dinner bell sometimes.

Pretty sure the American army had bucktails in their survival kits-Because they work anywhere. A bit like starting to fish soft plastics, just takes a bit of faith and practice. Well worth the effort.

post #8 of 17

I'll second the FAITH part here . . . I had to force myself to not use plugs at our local beach one night. Just kept moving from bucktail to bucktail trying to find a right weight that would work  . . . I ended up w/ my biggest red fish that night (41") while everyone else got skunked . . . 

 

Honestly though, I think a jig works just as well . . . I am finding that almost anything w/ a fish like profile will work.

 

Do buy Skinners book though . . . Its an AWESOME read . . . and every time I read it, I find something new. I love books like that :-)

post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 

I just downloaded Skinners book to the iPad (got to love technology). Looks like interesting reading. Thanks for the recommendation guys.

post #10 of 17
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I just downloaded Skinners book to the iPad (got to love technology). Looks like interesting reading. Thanks for the recommendation guys.


Smart move. Also you might want to read his other book Season on the Edge. Great read and full of information.

post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by SiLewis View Post

 

I think that's my issue. Soft plastics, hard baits, metals all 'make sense' to me, in that I know roughly what I'm imitating, but I have no idea what I'm trying to imitate with a Bucktail.

fishing soft plastics and bucktails same way

post #12 of 17
I've not read his book but skinner also has several videos on YouTube worth checking out.
post #13 of 17
I downloaded the book on my iPhone. Read the first two out of twelve chapters and its pretty informative so far and I enjoy it
post #14 of 17
I haven't tried up here in NE, but have used bucktails in conjunction with casting eggs during trips down to NC and FL and it works great on southern species....and while I don't use it here, a bucktail/splasher rig is a well known combo/tactic that for spring stripers along the beaches...I actually have a good collection of wooden casting eggs that I've only found in a few select shops in Rhode Island - see pic below (most of what you'll find in Walmart, Dicks, Sports Authority, Bass Pro, etc are plastic that you have to fill with water but will still be awfully light in weight regardless)


post #15 of 17
Lewis dont mean to rob your thread but ask a question to Albacized aboput those castiong eggs. something iI have never tried. What are the weights of the eggs you are showing and please tell me how you fish them how long of a leader from the egg to the bucktail? Thanks in advaance
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