Let me start off with a question. Have you ever tried a bucktail jig in the ocean? Yes, the same one you see on the shelves in every tackle shop across the country. Parts of the military, Sailors, Pilots, Forward Observers, etc…were issued bucktail jigs with hand lines for survival during WW2 because of the effectiveness they had to catch fish. Many a sailor and soldier since that time (Including myself) never left home without a few tucked away in their rucksack. Manufacturers such as, Spro, Blue Water Candy, Strike King…etc… are great choices. You want the quality of a sharp strong hook and a good amount of skirted material that can hold up to getting struck at numerous times. Bucktails work great with or without a bait. Whether it’s loaded with Fishbites molded shrimp, Gulp or a plastic bait tipped with a scent such as, Procure, they work. They are a jig head with deer hair, nylon or other material used as a skirt attached. When the rod tip is pulled slowly through the water, once stopped, the skirt will open and present itself as a larger bait fish.