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 Posted: Wed Aug 2nd, 2017 02:28 pm
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Joined: Thu Jan 17th, 2008
Location: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Bucktail jigs

These are the most basic of lures and man do they work, I really mean that.
Because they are so "simple" most people overlook them.

These days the commercial versions have become quite expensive so I have resorted to making my own. It will save me some money in the long run, but it's also a good and fun hobby that you can start without it costing you a fortune.

You can read more about that here :

The advantage of making my own bucktails is that I can choose colours of both the jigs and the bucktails.

For my fishing purposes I use 1/2oz, 1oz and 1.5oz.
My colour preferences are white, yellow, blue, green, purple.

I buy the jigs in raw form (tiny jigs), meaning not painted and no "bucktail"

I powder coat the jigs in Silver, White, Yellow, Black or Green.
For fun I have also played with 2 and 3 toned powder coatings.

Tails are mostly a combination , example Yellow over White, Blue over White, Green over White, Purple over White. I will also add flash into the mix every now and then.
The only 1 colour lures I make is all white and then a black head and a dark green tail.

So how do you fish the bucktails ... lol ... vary your retrieve they say ne.

It all depends on what you are targetting, where you are fishing, the tide and even water temperature.

In general I start very very slow, so throw, let it sink and hit the bottom, twitch up (about a 30-40 degree twitch) and then let it sink again ( you feel the bump when it hits the bottom), repeat the process.
From there I will speed up to quite fast, that way you can see what's our there and what speed the lure must move to get them to bite.
So to summarize, your first few casts go "too slow", then a few slow, then a few medium, then a few medium fast and then a few fast, repeat the process...

You have to keep the environment in mind aswell, if there's lots of rocks and you keep hitting the bottom you will be losing lots of lures, so there don't let it hit the bottom

In sandy areas don't be afraid to go "too slow" and let it hit the bottom the whole time.

The smaller swartkops leeries for example prefer a faster jigging action.

Cob, grunter, Steenies, Gurnard are mid to bottom feeders, so pointless having your lure come flying over their heads, this could very well send older fish into cardiac arrest caused by the scare it got from the UFO that did a a near miss Fly By ...

Last edited on Fri Aug 4th, 2017 09:40 am by neilg