pattern is a simple tie that simulates an immature bunker (Atlantic menhaden
fry) often found in Long Island waters as the fall season arrives. Plentiful
schools of these baitfish are sometimes sighted on the surface, being
chased by hungry bluefish, striped bass or late-season weakfish.
colors on their top dorsal fin can vary from a blue/green to a brown.
The side flash is almost pearlescent, and you can always tell when a school
of "peanut" bunker come fleeing by the quick flashes in the
water. Their oval profile must often be duplicated in close detail in
order to trigger a strike from the gamefish that are in hot pursuit. As
an option, I add a thin white marabou feather extending slightly beyond
the bucktail for live action enhancement. This tail simulates the swimming
motion of the baitfish.
predators are feeding on these wide-bodied fish, it's almost impossible
to score with a medium or thin body profiled pattern. I have found myself
in the middle of terrorized menhaden fry and hungry gamefish many times,
and I highly recommend you shift to an oval-bodied pattern for successful
To achieve the correct profile, it's recommended to wet the bucktail a
little before each succeeding step. This compensates for "material
flare" that can occur when the pattern is submerged.
a few with weighted hooks. If surface action is not obvious, use the weighted
versions to bring the pattern down to gamefish feeding zones. A simple
coil of fuze wire or lead wire wrapped around shank prior to tie will
weight the hook sufficiently to get it down.
short shank hook
a few turns of white 3/0 thread at the hook eye. Select a clump of soft,
white bucktail, twice as long as the length of the hook shank and about
one-half the diameter of a pencil. Tie the bucktail in near eye on the
top of shank with a minimum amount of wraps. Use head cement to secure
2: Select a clump of white bucktail the same diameter
and length as before, and tie it near eye on bottom of shank. Use cement
to secure the tie again.
Note that the shape must now be symmetrical about shank, and slightly
3: Add a white bucktail topwing, slightly shorter
than previous top tie, and wrap it in near the hook eye.
4: Now move on to the brown bucktail and add a similar
length and diameter as the Step 3 white bucktail on top. The thickness
should be slightly thinner than the bucktail ties underneath. Tie the
brown bucktail near eye as well.
5: Add ten strands of Peacock herl to the top, also
tied near the eye.
6: Switch to the sides, and add for our five strands
of Pearl "Glimmer" to each. Tie the "Glimmer" in back
a bit, in a spot where you'll locate the 3-D eye. Whip finish the head.
7: Add the 3-D Stick-On eyes to the sides. Though
all "Stick-Ons" stick, they don't stick very well, will probably
come flying off during a cast, and will most likely come off when a gamefish
hits. All eyes, molded and prism, should be cemented. I prefer Goop or
Zap-A-Gap for this pattern. You may also use silicon caulk, Aqua-Seal,
or any waterproof adhesive that has at least a fair amount of bonding