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Fishing the Bucktail Mastering Bucktail from Surf and Boat Paperback – 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: SURFCASTING LLC (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450794904
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450794909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I found this book to be a solid introduction to bucktailing tactics and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning more about these classic lures. John Skinner's style is engaging and clear which makes it a lot of fun to read and very informative. Additionally, his videos on Youtube are a great extra and really do help to drive home the points that he's making in his book.

I do not live where I can pursue striped bass, bluefish or fluke which are the principle species covered in this book, so, while I found it very helpful overall I am still left with some specific questions related to the fish which I primarily fish for (trevally, snappers and groupers). I came to understand through this book that bucktailing is mainly about controlling a few variables in order to keep your lure in the strikezone for the species you are pursuing. I was expecting bucktailing to be more about jigging the lure and less about swimming the lure so that was a bit of a revelation for me. I am not yet sure how well my local species respond to swimming the lure but I know a great deal more about what it takes to keep the bucktail in the strike zone than I knew previously.

To sum it up, this is an excellent resource and is almost certainly a five star book if you live in the Northeastern United States and can try these tactics as written. For everyone else fishing bucktails in saltwater it is a very solid book which can help to introduce you to the subtleties and possibilities of these classic lures.
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One of the best written books that I have ever read regarding salt water fishing. Wriiten in a scientific manner with all aspects of fishing with bucktails for striped bass and fluke covered in detail. I am 83 years old and have been a striper fisherman for over 75 years after catching my first in NY Bay near the Statue of Liberty. I recall that Upperman white bucktails were included in the fishing kits lifeboats were equipped with during WWII.I am also a fan of bucktails but have strayed away from using them since the popularity of plastics. The book stirred my interest and I have gone back to using bucktails the last few weeks and have done well with the stripers.
I look forward to more books by Mr. Skinner, hopefully one about fishing for southern species with these great lures.
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Just got into fishing with bucktails and picked this book up on a whim. First night out I catch a Striper using the techniques described in this book. Awesome! I am now hooked. Pick up this book, it is a winner.
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John Skinner is an experienced and prolific writer, and fisherman. He was editor of a saltwater angler's publication for years here in new york, and his experience there combined with decades of bucktailing for stripers, blues, fluke, porgy, and other fish make him a great resource for newbies like myself. I've been fishing for years, but never striper fishing. Another plus is that Skinner makes his own bucktails, so he has valuable things say about pouring lead and selecting the right size/color/hook combination. I first saw his videos on youtube, check him out there.
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If you, in any way, have an interest in learning the bucktail, BUY THIS BOOK! Everything you need to know is contained in these pages. Skinner takes you from surf to bay, boat to kayak and goes into detail of how you would approach each scenario with the bucktail to catch fish, discussing the hardware and set up to casting and retrieve techniques.
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Really wanted to read this book. I've been getting into bucktail fishing and wanted to get more success. Reading this book has definitely increased my catch and it's written in a way that's easy to understand. Each chapter is broken up into a different fishing style so it's easy to go back and reread it before you go fishing. I was very disappointed that it only had one chapter (about 12 pages) for fluke fishing. It gave A LOT of information about striper fishing, but not so much for fluke. He has videos on youtube to supplement the book which is very nice. Definitely recommend you buy for striper fishing, not fluke.
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Great book full of good info. Upside and downside. Upside is you're getting top-quality info regarding approaches and techniques. Downside is that you gotta practice and practice; there's a lot to absorb if you're new to this. I know I've snagged a bunch of bucktails on rocks and it can be really frustrating.
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Fantastic book. I'm a dedicated bucktail fisherman now. I even build my own bucktails from scratch and use them in the Canal and other Buzzards Bay waters. They are my go-to lure. Thanks, John, for explaining the numerous techniques and sharing some stories.
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