Spro Bucktail Jigs: How To Rig Them & Where To Use Them


Here’s a fun fact: in World War 2, each soldier in the U.S. Navy got a white bucktail jig and a handline.

Bucktail jigs have been around a long time and they’re proven to catch fish.

Everything from redfish, seatrout, snook, flounder, and tarpon will hit them.

And in this video, I’m going to give you a rundown of the Spro bucktail jigs, including:

  • Where to use them
  • How to rig them
  • And a certain feature I especially like about them when using trailers

Check it out below!

Spro Bucktail Jig Review [VIDEO]

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I typically use bucktails in deeper water around:

  • Docks
  • Pilings
  • Bridges
  • Inlets

That’s not to say I won’t use them on the flats, but I just use them more in deeper water.

And my favorite way to rig them is with a trailer, especially a lure that makes a lot of vibration in the water, like a paddletail.

Which leads us to one of my favorite parts of the Spro bucktail jigs: the keeper.

They have a single wire keeper that does a great job of keeping soft plastics in place, especially Z-Man lures.

Just slide the lure up over the keeper, then pull it back to get it snug on there.

Also, when you rig these jigs with a trailer, that makes the hair flair out even more, which can give it better action under the water.


spro bucktail jig with trailer

Bucktail jigs can catch just about every species of fish.

I prefer to use them in deeper water around structure rigged with a paddletail as a trailer.

You can get the Spro bucktail jigs from our shop here:

Have any questions about these jigs?

Have you used them before?

Let me know down in the comments!

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Ricardo Caso
8 days ago

Thanks for the great tip Tony! I bought 4 of these a few weeks back and will be trying your tip with them.

8 days ago

How about some comments on the retrieve. I have a feeling that I am not presenting baits properly even when I have them properly rigged.

Bob Cirulnick
8 days ago

Hi Tony, Thanks again for the great advice and instruction!!
Tight lines,

Cody Byers
8 days ago

I loved the video Tony! I do have a question.. How are you working these Spro bucktails? A steady movement of the rod tip upwards, and then let it fall? Straight retrieve once it is just above the bottom/structure? They are generally much heavier than my usual jigheads and I am not sure if I should be popping them or not. Thanks again!

8 days ago

Enjoyed your vid Tony. If I could have only one lure it would be a white bucktail. Have fished them for past 40 years here in southeastern NC.

Randall Desmarais
8 days ago

Similar to jig heads, can we get a size/depth chart?

Randall Desmarais
8 days ago
Reply to  Tony Acevedo

Sure but this would be expanded for higher weights?

Bill Acheider
8 days ago

Actually “Sailors”, “Soldiers” are Army.

I believe the jigs were Bill “Upperman” jigs we now call Butterbean jigs and included in survival kits for down Aviators, perhaps others.

Really enjoy your stuff!

Bill Scheider

8 days ago

I would like to know how to retrieve these jigs as well. Please advise.

Barry Graber
8 days ago

Thanks for another great video. Whenever I want to catch a fish and everything else fails I always have success using this combination hands down my favorite. Also I have to say any color works as long as it is white

Robert Bigelow
7 days ago

I’ve said it before.. And I’ll say it again.. You’re the man Tony. thanks for the video!

Darryl Varda
6 days ago

I’m quite new to saltwater fishing, and am wondering what type of retrieve with these buck tail jigs you would recommend in shallower grass flats and in 5-10 ft areas.

Kevin Stephenson
6 days ago
Reply to  Darryl Varda

I have the same question.

Antonio De Filippo
6 days ago

I have been using Spros for years and NEVER realized that they have a keeper. Thanks

Antonio De Filippo
6 days ago

So glad I an a member ! Just had my 1 yr anniversary. You guys are doing great!

5 days ago

I’ve used them for years and never been disappointed. I would say they are the most universally effective of artificial lures and the spro design as opposed to many others I’ve tried, just seems to attract way more fish. Make sure you use a loop knot for greater action. I’ve even caught Sheepshead with them which normally never go for any artificial bait. Snook and flounder love them. Glad you are encouraging their use.

2 days ago

Good info. Been doing this for years. Works well. I do recommend a weedless bucktail if working the flats. This technique catches a variety of fish and for some reason, I have been able to avoid those pesky catfish which is great.


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