Picking Pork Rind for Bucktails
are really only a few basic options. I have heard
of stripers taking every pork rind size and shape ever hung on
the back of a bucktail, including orange polka dotted pork frogs.
More realistically, though, you don't really have too many
Uncle Josh makes only a few basic models
of Sea Rinds in only a few basic colors. Click here
and you can see the models and colors.
Size. Like many other types of
striper lures, a good size for pork strips is between 4 to 8
Shape. As far as Uncle Josh
models, the "Striper Strip" has the highly-desirable
pennant shape just like a baitfish. I like that! I have never
been a proponent of the split tail shapes, but they catch too. If
I want other sizes of pennant-shaped strips, I make them myself
out of a piece of Uncle Josh Offshore Big Boys, which now come 3
Big Boys. These are large pork
rinds for marlin and tuna, but that you can cut them up to get as
many as 7 fish-shaped pennants from each piece of Big Boy. So,
that's 21 pennants per jar, which saves you a little money.
Here's how to cut and shape them:
1) Cut the Big Boy in half. leave the bottom half slightly
shorter than the top half.
2) Slice the bottom half in order to get three slightly
shorter (4 - 4 1/2) inch pennants.
3) Trim the round part of the top half in order to somewhat
square it off. Now slice this "square" top half right
down the middle, thereby making two rectangles of pork, each
about 5-6" long.
4) Now cut each rectangle sort of diagonally, thereby making
two pennants from each rectangle, or a total of four pennants.
There's a little more than that to
cutting them properly, but that's the best I can
do without actually showing you in person. The size of strips
mentioned above will work well with most any bucktail up to one
ounce (or even one and one half ounces).
You can cut even bigger pennants for
even bigger bucktails out of the Big Boys too. It's still more
economical than buying the pre-cut shapes, plus you can make
exactly the size/shape you need for your next trip. I really like
I just stick to white all the time.
As far as the available store-bought colors, the most skilled
bucktailers I have ever seen use only white porkrind, white hair,
white thread, and unpainted heads. This is not just a local
thing, either. However, stripers will hit whatever other colors
Uncle Josh currently makes (yellow, red, fluorecsent green), and
you will hear lots of guys who have made good catches with these
colors. Plus, it's fun to try other colors.
If you want to get serious, pick
up a few packages of Ritz dress dye in order to dye your white
porkrind. One suggestion is "Denim", which makes your
pork turn a pale, drab blue, very much like an eelskin. I like
that - a lot! Try it for the mullet run, and try other deeper,
more vibrant blue dyes also. Dye some thin strips with a pastel
pink or light violet. Add to bucktails to imitate peanut bunker
and herring. Keep dyed strips in their own jars. Don't mix 'em in
the jars, but you can take two very thin pennants (one blue, one
pink) and put both on your hook (blue one on top).
One other option I like is a Strike King Bo-Hawg
Leech. This is a chunk-headed, fish-shaped pennant
of pork. I often use this on lightweight bucktails on shallow
backwater flats. I tie a very short, very sparse, tightly flared
bucktail - only enough to imitate a bait's gills breathing. The
chunky part of the leech resembles an egg-filled belly, and the
thinner pennant part of the pork's tail completes the illusion.