10 Reasons To Always Have A Bucktail Jig In Your Tackle Bag


Did you know that the military used to put a white bucktail jig in every soldier’s survival pack?

It was the ONE LURE they believed could catch fish anywhere in the world.

Ironically, here we are many decades later and the same bucktail jigs are still working like never before.

Listen in as we share the 10 reasons why every saltwater angler should have a bucktail jig in their tackle bag.

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Here’s a timestamped table of contents:

  • 1:15 – Not your average bucktail…
  • 2:45 – Millie’s Bucktails – the OG
  • 4:20 – Bucktails now vs. then
  • 5:28 – The hair on a bucktail is just different
  • 6:34 – Action in the water triggers fish to strike
  • 6:57 – Best time and place to use a bucktail
  • 7:23 – One lure that creates the same action but looks more natural unless you’re casting into the wind Get the Power Prawn here (Insiders Only)
  • 8:35 – The number one reason Luke always has a bucktail
  • 9:38 – Never underestimate the power of a bucktail jig
  • 11:18 – Make sure you have multiple sizes of bucktails, here’s why
  • 12:12 – Jigs for pompano
  • 13:48 – Tip your bucktail jigs with this and catch tons of fish
  • 16:28 – Using skimmer jigs for bonefish
  • 19:28 – Snook lights at night
  • 20:18 – Favorite lure for catching snook at night time
  • 21:24 – What the bucktail imitates underwater
  • 23:18 – The magic of a bucktail
  • 23:52 – How to use a bucktail jig around the lights
  • 26:21 – Use this jig to catch bigger fish
  • 27:39 – What can a flair hawk possibly look like underwater?
  • 30:08 – How to retrieve a bucktail
  • 33:04 – Becoming an expert with a bucktail jig
  • 34:17 – Finding spots to use bucktail jigs
  • 35:22 – One lure to put in your survival kit
  • 37:28 – Bucktails have a stellar hook-up ratio
  • 38:49 – Top 10 reasons to always have a bucktail jig in your tackle bag

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After we saw John Skinner catch 11 different species (in Florida) using nothing but a bucktail jig, we had to do a podcast on this evergreen lure.

And we’ve all decided that a bucktail jig will catch just about anything, anywhere in the world.

What’s your go-to bucktail jig?

Let me know down in the comments!

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2 years ago

Bucktails have caught more diff species in more areas than any lure in the world

2 years ago

I actually live in the district of Pamplemousses, here in Mauritius (that’s in the Indian Ocean). We had a pamplemousses tree in the family yard when I was a kid and the fruits did grow the size of a soccer ball.
I never ever fished with a bucktail, but you guys just gave me a good reason to. I’ll get one and see what fish it does attract in our tropical waters.

The Dave
1 year ago
Reply to  Rabin

Would “Pamplemousses” be the same type of tree they use in Nepal to catch fish by mashing up the leaves into a paste that they throw into the water causing all the fish to float to the top from intoxication? I understand it’s a very different climate but I’ve had 3 different ppl tell me that method now and they all say they only know the name in their language and aren’t sure how to translate.

Justin Ritchey
1 year ago
Reply to  The Dave

Who would have thought that a Fruit (or Tree) could cause so much damage to Fish? Haha.

From my findings, a Pamplemousse is basically a Pomelo (or Grapefruit). I’m not much a fan of the flavor, but this is definitely one of my favorite words now!

Neal H.
2 years ago

NICE bucktail podcast guys! Thank You!
I was curious about using Dr. JUICE – letting it loose – on the bucktail jig?
It makes sense that the hairs would take on & release the scent very well. I would also wonder about long term “contamination” of the natural fibers?

Ralph Ramsey
2 years ago
Reply to  Neal H.

My thought exactly. Why tip with shrimp when we can spray with ” Multiple” bait scents

Jon Fortune
2 years ago

Excellent podcast fellas. I remember always using a buck tail when I was a kid. We used to always tip them with shrimp. I’m going to try big buck tail at night near the passes. And I just got my order of power prawns so I will use both. Thanks

Andrew McKeown
2 years ago

Pamplemouse is the French word for grapefruit. 🙂 Mystery solved

Anthony Guidetti
2 years ago

I was fishing Bradenton beaches on Monday, throwing a white weighted bucktail fly on a 9 weight fly Rod, did very well catching jacks, yellowtail, and snook, but had a 3 foot barracuda swipe at the tail of my fly and shredded the tail! I came back home did some research on barracuda behavior only to find out they will disable baitfish by hitting their tail, so fly Tiers will tie up white and chartreuse bucktail flys with a trailer hook if there are barracuda in the area! So Bucktail flat out WORK!

Anthony Guidetti
2 years ago

Holy Cow forgot to thank you guys for the great content, and store, I’m a new member and love everything about saltstrong, I’m mostly a fly fisherman and figured Saltstrong wasn’t for me, but I was way wrong! Thanks TonyG

Willie Dickerson
2 years ago

One thing that I use bucktails for is on tandem rigs. In use the bucktail on the bottom and a paddle tail on the top of the tandem rig.

David Congdon
2 years ago

Pomplamouse is grapefruit
Demi pomplamouse is half grapefruit

Mikel Kline
2 years ago

Black bucktails (day and night) last month were the key to catching Walleye in Northern Minnesota last month when on a trip up there. Jigging them simulated leaches that the Walleye couldn’t resist.

Neil Lawson
2 years ago

Hey guys, thanks for all the great information. I’m new to fishing and all the courses, tips and insight are a great help. Keep it coming.


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