Essential Lures: SPRO Bucktail Jig

SPRO Bucktail. Photo/NEB/Tom Richardson.
SPRO Bucktail. Photo/NEB/Tom Richardson.

Bucktail jigs have been around since the first caveman invented the artificial lure, but the SPRO bucktail stands above the rest. These well-made jigs feature sharp, strong saltwater hooks and a chip-resistant finish that withstands abuse from rocks. The realistic head shape, patterns and prismatic eyes also set it apart from traditional bucktails.

Whatever the reason for their effectiveness, SPRO bucktails work on a variety of species, including striped bass, scup, sea bass, fluke, bluefish and more. I’ve even taken tautog on them.

I generally fish SPROs for fluke and sea bass, always adding a small strip of squid or some type of Berkley GULP! bait to the hook for scent appeal. I’ll hop the lure over the bottom as I drift along, trying to make it imitate a small squid or baitfish.

Small SPRO jigs work great in shallow water and light current, while 3- and 4-ounce jigs are needed in deep water and big rips. I always make sure I have plenty of all sizes aboard to handle changing conditions.

In terms of color, I prefer all-white, although chartreuse, pink and blue-over-white are also productive.

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