Gear: Striper Baits | Butterfish Imitations #120

Schools of baby butterfish often ball up in the fall and provide another food source that fish like bass and ablies feed on heavily. Butterfish have a unique broad, round profile that is hard to replicate and still have a good swimming action with a metal lure. As a result, softbaits with a similar profile in bone or silvery coloration is the way to go. They are slow moving, so a slow to medium retrieve is ideal.

5.5″ Protail Paddles are an excellent butterfish imitation.
  • Hogy Top Imitator: We have two deadly options for imitating juvenile butterfish. The first option is our Hogy Pro Tail Paddles in up to 5.5”. Bone, violet and silver, and blue and white are out top sellers when matching the hatch for these pesky butterfish. A metal option would be our Peanut  Bunker Jig series in our blue and silver patterns. All of our small Hogy Epoxy Jig® Lures would also do well in a scenario with butterfish.
Peanut Bunker Jig for Striper
Hogy Peanut Bunker Jigs are a metal that imitate butterfish very well.