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Offline tlangs31

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Bucktail jig help
« on: 03/09/23 08:24 UTC »
Hi everyone,
New to the forums. I am wanting to make some Bucktail jigs to imitate Shad and gizzards for bass fishing and I’m having a hard time deciding what mold I want to use. I definitely want the hook eye to come out of the mold vertically. What would be my best option between the teardrop, ultra minnow or freestyle jig molds.
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Re: Bucktail jig help
« Reply #1 on: 03/09/23 09:18 UTC »
Welcome to the Do-It forums!

Personally I'd consider the Teardrop head for moving water situations, rivers and streams. The Flathead with bucktail might also be a consideration for water with current.  The Ultra or the Freestyle would get the nod in lakes or wide spots in a river with less current.
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Re: Bucktail jig help
« Reply #2 on: 03/09/23 10:07 UTC »
Welcome to the Do-It forums!

Personally I'd consider the Teardrop head for moving water situations, rivers and streams. The Flathead with bucktail might also be a consideration for water with current.  The Ultra or the Freestyle would get the nod in lakes or wide spots in a river with less current.


I guess I should add I will only be fishing lakes, but I think I am leaning more towards the teardrop for the versatility if I did fish in water with current. Might be a stupid question if I used powder paint on the jig head how do I paint eyes or could I use stick on eyes and clear coat over them, or would they melt when you cure the clear coat

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Re: Bucktail jig help
« Reply #3 on: 03/09/23 11:28 UTC »
Powder coat then heat cure. Add your eyes and use CS Sealcoat, dip and drip, to seal the eyes.
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Re: Bucktail jig help
« Reply #4 on: 03/09/23 15:58 UTC »
tlangs31, welcome to the forum! I've tied & used a lot of bucktail jigs, and have used various jig head styles, Mostly it depended more on the weight I wanted for where they might be used and not as much for the fish species.

What weights are you interested in using? Do It has other styles that can work well for bucktails, but not all styles cover all weights, and there's some weight overlap between some very good styles.

Also, you say you're fishing lakes, but how & what conditions will you encounter? I use bucktails for Striped Bass here in Santee Cooper, in open water situations, but where LM bass may be, the same jigs don't work well due to vegetation and other snags, so that may also influence what jig head styles might be a good choice.

Here's two examples that I've tied that are not typical of a bucktail jig. The first is the Pony/Horse head style with a swivel & blade and they can be great for bass & other fish species.

The second is the Snootie, this one with a fiber weed guard and tied with bucktail & some feathers, which can be a good combination again for various fish species.

You can also tie spinnerbaits with bucktail hair and that can work well too, so you're not limited to only a jig type.

« Last Edit: 03/09/23 16:01 UTC by bigjim5589 »

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Re: Bucktail jig help
« Reply #5 on: 03/09/23 16:00 UTC »
Spinnerbaits tied with bucktail.  Style "H" and Ultra Minnow.

« Last Edit: 03/09/23 16:03 UTC by bigjim5589 »