The bucktail jig has seen a great surge in popularity for saltwater anglers. Not only is the lure easy to use but it also produces fantastic results when used for fishing. Bucktail jigs work effectively for many different types of fish. Some of the more popular types of fish that a bucktail jig works for are fluke, flounder, striped bass, bluefish, redfish, snook, & walleye. Of course, other varieties of fish also love the sight of a bucktail but these are usually the main targeted species.
When I was first introduced to the bucktail, I had many questions: Which color bucktail works best? What weight bucktail should I use? What bait do I add on the bucktail? I’m excited to share some of my results with you and include a few of my favorite bucktails that will help you catch doormat flukes and trophy stripers.
For your convenience, all of these lures are available on Amazon, which can help assure that you quickly find and order the jigs that you need!
Top 5 Best Bucktail Jigs
1. Dr. Fish Bucktail Jigs
Dr. Fish provides a premium bucktail jig with a scaled holographic jig body. The size of these lures range from 1/4 oz to 1 oz. With that said, I would recommend using these lures in more shallow conditions with a light current. These bucktail jigs work great on light tackle and are perfect for small, controlled bodies of water.
These jigs are available in several different color packages:
- White, Chartreuse, Red & White
- Milky, Black & Red, Black & Blue
- White, White & Black, Blue & Pink
The variety pack is a great plus and is available for purchase at an affordable price. These lures are built really well and the variety of colors is just an added bonus. I have had great success with these lures fishing inshore and actively jigging off of the bottom.
2. Kmucutie Bucktail Jigs
Kmucutie provides a glow in dark feature to all of their lures. These jigs are great for fishermen who like to fish early in the morning or later in the evening. These jigs give a natural pulsing action that attracts big fish. The bucktail head is very well made and includes 3D eyes. The more realistic the head looks, the more that the fish will bite. This set includes 5 jigs with mixed colors. Sizes available are 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz and 2 oz.
Colors available in the 5 pcs set are:
- Black & White
- Red & White
- Green & White
- Pink & White
Bucktail Jigs from Kmucutie are able to differentiate themselves with their tantalizing gliding descent, so it never hangs directly down. The lure looks very realistic in the water and it makes fish really want to bite!
3. Hurricane 3D Eye Bucktail Jig
Bucktail Jigs by Hurricane are a little more expensive compared to the others on this list, but they are built for all saltwater conditions. The packaging only includes one bucktail but it is available in many sizes: 1/8 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 1.5 oz, 2 oz, 3 oz and 4 oz. All jigs have a 3D eye as well extremely strong, epoxy-coated threads. These jigs will last and handle the ferocious bite of a massive fluke or bluefish. It can handle the species with the sharpest teeth! Often you will find that the fish tends to strike the bucktail itself instead of the bait on the hook.
- Pink White
I love these lures and have had no problem receiving good action when used for fishing. In some cases, I have had my hook bend from really large fish (such as a cobia). However, the lure is built really well and is ready to battle almost all species that you would pursue with a bucktail. Fluke love this lure! Be sure to bring a couple of these bucktails along on your next trip to share with some of your friends. You will look like the fishing guru!
4. Spro Bucktail Jig
Spro is one of the newer names that I have come across when it comes to manufacturing the bucktail jig. These are the lures that I have most recently tried and I have seem some really good results. The picture above features their 4 oz jig, which is perfect for when I go fishing in the inlets or in other difficult currents. This jig has the same high quality features that you find in the other lures but is available is some really neat colors and have different varieties in size. I have noticed that the hook quality is certainly top-notch compared to other lures that I have tried. It uses a premium Gamakatsu hook which should hold up really well, even against the larger-mouth fish.
My favorite colors:
- Spearing Blue
These lures are the highest quality jigs with cutting edge technology and durability. I have recently ordered 5 of these lures for myself, ranging from 2 oz to 4 oz. I love the way the bunker and spearing blue jigs look under the water and most importantly, so do the fish!
5. Last Cast Tackle Bucktail Fishing Lure Jigs
Sometimes, the best color can be just a boring, plain old white. Last Cast Tackle makes really nice white bucktails with top mounted eyelets. These jigs are ideal for casting as well as vertical jigging. This product is usually available in a 3-pack and has a wide range of sizes. Sizes include a 0.25 oz, 0.50 oz, 0.75 oz, 1.0 oz, 1.5 oz & 2.0 oz. The small sizes can be great for casting off a dock or pier in still waters. They also have a 2-pack which features larger sized jigs ranging from 3 oz to 6 oz for the offshore fishermen. These lures also have 3D eyes and holographic strips so it will really stand out to the predatory fish under the water.
My favorite colors:
- Green White
Last Cast Tackle’s jigs have been a popular choice on Amazon and have received some great reviews. I have no problem vouching for their product and saying that they will be successful for you. You will be able to save some money when buying these packs compared to a single-pack product.
From my experience, bucktail jigs work extremely well. Choosing the correct size or weight depends on where you are fishing. At the end of the day, you want to have the lure hit bottom in order to correctly work. Adding gulp to the hook or another type of bait, is a must and will only help attract more fish. Once you try the bucktail jig, you will have a tough time switching back to any other lure!