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Fishing Diamond Jigs and Bucktails

These lure(s) of the ocean will catch you

A fisherman looking to haul in a big one from the ocean would do well to have this book floating around the cabin.

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“Fishing Diamond Jigs and Bucktails” ($18.95, Burford Books, 2009) by Tom Migdalski gives a fully illustrated guide to these highly effective and versatile lures.

How to catch striped bass, bluefish, cod, pollock, grouper, yellowtail, salmon and more are tackled in a handy step-by-step guide. The book also breaks down what type of diamond jigs and bucktails are the best for each type of game and what tackle to use, whether fishing on the East, South or West coasts.

Migdalski has written for Salt Water Sportsman, Florida Sportsman and Sport Fishing, to name a few. He is the faculty instructor for the Salt Water Sportsman National Seminar Series and director of outdoor education at Yale University. He resides in Hamden, Conn., and is regularly seen fishing on Long Island Sound. For information, visit

This article originally appeared in the March 2009 issue.