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Bucktail Jigging for Big Fluke

By Kastking | 22 January 2018 | 0 Comments

Fluke season is right around the corner, here’s an excellent “how to” for using a bucktail jig to fish for doormat fluke. 


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This happy fisherman bagged this doormat fluke with a bucktail. (Photo courtesy – Capt. Tom Mikoleski)

I have always enjoyed fishing for big fluke with a bucktail jig.  Truthfully, my early efforts were not impressive.  This was mainly because “back in the day” monofilament line was often teamed up with bucktails that had very large hooks. My success ratio improved greatly once braided lines and bucktails with thinner gauged hooks came into the picture.   Here’s why.  Braided lines are extremely thin, sensitive, and almost void of stretch.  This allowed the use of lighter more fluke appealingbucktails that cut through the water with minimal resistance. Super sharp, thinner hooks on bucktails were the final piece of the puzzle that have resulted in a lot of big fluke finding their way into the coolers of doormat hunters.


Proper rod and reel choice is also crucial to successful fluke bucktailing.  Relatively new on the fishing grounds are the line of KastKing® Rods.  I picked up a few for my charter business last year and I loved them.  The rods are light, sensitive, and powerful all qualities that result in great performing rods for the angler. The PT-C701MH model is tailor made for jigging Bucktails. I teamed this rod up with a KastKing® RX 40A bait cast reel spooled with 30-pound KastKing® Super Power Braid and this outfit has drilled fluke to 8.5-pounds for me.


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Captain Tom Mikoleski with fluke caught with a bucktail jig.

Bucktail jigs alone catch fluke fine, but I have found the lures produce even better when a teaser is added up above the jig.  Something about this double profile makes fluke very aggressive. The bucktail/teaser rigs I use are frugal, but effective. I start out with about 30-inches of 40-pound fluorocarbon leader.  I tie on a small barrel swivel to one end, and to the other end I attach a medium sized snap swivel. The importance of the snap is twofold.  First, the snap allows for quick bucktail changes.  Second, after netting a big fluke the jig and rig almost always ends up getting tangled in the net.  When this occurs, simply take the jig off the snap and the whole tangled mess will be remedied in a flash.  To complete the rig tie in a large dropper loop about halfway between the snap and the barrel swivel.  Onto this loop slide on a white, yellow, or chartreuse riveted bucktail teaser, and then attach your teaser hook. I don’t want to catch small fluke, so for my teaser hooks I use 5/0 Mustad Big Gun Live Bait Hooks #10829BLN.


Many anglers like to tip their jigs and teaser hooks with strips cut from fluke belly or squid. Personally, I have a problem with strip baits when jigging bucktails for fluke.  Often the strip baits will clog the hook points from the jigging action I’m imparting on the bucktail.  I prefer to tip my jigs and teasers with either whole spearing or sand eels.  And yes, Berkley Gulp grubs and sand eels also make great fluke attractants.


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Adding a snap swivel to the bucktail end of the line helps you untangle netted fluke


Always use the lightest bucktail jig you can to stay in contact with the bottom.  Work the jig continuously with small hops along the bottom.  When you feel a weight or a tap on the rig immediately attempt a hook set.  If for some reason you miss the bite, drop down again quickly, and let the jig lie motionless for a few seconds.  Many times the fluke will come back and take another swipe at the offering. Hopefully you won’t miss the bite the second time.


— By Capt. Tom Mikoleski


Captain Tom Mikoleski is the successful fishing charter captain of the Grand Slam who sails out of Montauk, NY for trophy striped bass, doormat fluke, jumbo porgies, humpback sea bass, and monster sharks. Capt. Tom is the author of Bass Buff — A Striper Fishing Obsession Guide.



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