You can control where a bucktail swims in the water column by adjusting the speed of your retrieve, keeping it above a weedy bottom, or dropping it behind a submerged boulder or into a trough where big stripers lie in wait. In terms of versatility, the bucktail is the ultimate striper lure. It can be fished near the surface or on the bottom, jigged vertically, or retrieved like a plug. It can be tied sparse to imitate a thin-profiled sand eel or with extra hair and feathers to mimic an adult bunker. Andrus Jetty Caster This classic jig is tied with extra-dense bucktail hair to slow its sink rate and keep it above the rocks in shallow water.
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Their spinning blade and wiggling tail seem to hold a special fascination for muskies, and when the moment of truth comes and a musky strikes, they hook up with the efficiency of their being little more than a piece of wire and a hook. Understanding Bucktails. The first rule to bucktail fishing is knowing that each is a tool for fishing a different depth in the water column. Remember that the rounder the blade, the more drag it creates when moving through water; therefore, less effort is required to make a round blade run shallow. Mepps makes bucktails that easily cover a wide range of depths.