Can Spro bucktails be used from land fishing the river, beach, or inlet as well as off a boat. I'm considering the new pier they have in Point Pleasant where the old hospital used to be. And if so I'm looking for suggestions and methods.
They can absolutely be used from land. For that area, get yourself some in 1/4 to 1/2 oz. Tip them with a Fin S, Gulp!, a minnow, spearing, or some cut bait. Cast it out (usually up and across the current) and try different retrieves until you find what the fish like. Swim it slow, use short hops, long pulls, drag it, etc. Many times, if the current is strong, the best retrieve is to just keep a tight line (reeling just fast enough to stay in contact with the jig) as it swings throughout the strike zone.
Personally, I find the advantage of the Spro is the way it hangs in the water when fishing straight up and down (like from a boat). Since the line tie is further back than on most other bucktails, it keeps the jig in a more horizontal position. So, basically, it swims
better than other bucktails.
From the shore, although they are great jigs, I don't find the Spro design to have any advantage over any other bucktail. BTW, you can also rig a Fin S or other soft plastic on just a plain leadhead. It won't be as expensive, if you lose a few, and you'll probably catch just as well.