Pescador248...Deep jigging with large bucktails has been around for a long time, and its very popular down in the Gulf Of Mexico for grouper fishing, and out in the Northwest and Alaskan waters for various rockfish and halibut. It happens to be a extremely effective method for caching these bottom fish.
Sam843, gave a excellent post on the problems in using the bucktail in deep water for codfish. These fish will helicopter up off the bottom, and the fixed hooked almost becomes a hook disgorger as the fish fights its way up, or just wears a hole in its mouth, and the jig falls out when you put slack in the line.
Codkiller, also pointed out that other lures such as the angermann jig, just hold bottom much better which is the key in fishing areas with hard currents and deep water.
If you were at the BASH, one of the speakers, DAN DIAMOND of DIAMOND productions, makes custom extremely high quality large bucktails with a swinging hook for striped bass fishing off of Montauk and Orient. At this time, HE IS THE ONLY ONE THAT I KNOW that makes extra large sized bucktails with a swinging hook. This is what i would use. You want that swinging hook if you are going to use them for cod. You will noticeably lose less fish with these jigs. Just ask the charter captains on the east end who striped bass fish about the swinging hook bucktails.
The only areas i would use the bucktail, would be when fishing Nantucket shoals. Again it is a extremely effective lure, but like every other cod jig in are arsenal, it has its time and place. Along with the Angermanns, Crippled Herrings and VIke style Norway jigs, they are a excellent lure to bring along. Carry a selection of twister grub tails in 6 inch size, in white, strawberry, grape, red and glow.
You can also make your own custom 'bomb' style cod bucktails using various squids, and rubber tails. Again, you want to make them with a swinging hook and this might be a better way to go, if you want something, like a bucktail grub jig for cod.
Captain Harrys happens to carry these larger bucktail jigs, due to his specializing in grouper fishing tackle
(This post edited by togmaster on 02/10/2003)