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Home > Take Me Fishing Blog > September 2019 > 12 Tips For How To Fish a Bucktail in the Surf
Before you read the following tips on how to fish a bucktail in the surf, let’s review what a bucktail actually is. It’s a leadheaded jig dressed with hair from a deer. Doesn’t have to be from a buck deer, but bucktail sounds better than doetail or deertail, doesn’t it?
Before the advent of plastics and synthetics, buoyant deer hair was the best available material to put on the shank of a jig hook (hair from squirrel tails was/is big on freshwater spinners, too). Now there are all kinds of soft-plastic bodies to put on jigs, either with or without bucktail hair. But a bucktail jig remains one of the best and most versatile lures for saltwater fishing in general, and especially for use in for surf fishing, perhaps because it can imitate the food of most gamefish.
Here are twelve tips for how to fish a bucktail in the surf:
There’s no better way to learn how to fish a bucktail in the surf than to get out there and do it as often as possible. Make sure to have your fishing license each time you go.
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Ken Schultz was a longtime staff writer for Field & Stream magazine and is the former Fishing Editor of ESPNoutdoors.com. He’s written and photographed nineteen books on sportfishing topics, plus an annual fishing tips calendar, and his writing has appeared on various websites for more than two decades. His author website is kenschultz.com
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