These are all excellent bucktailing tips! As forJackson's
comment about keeping the tip up… I believe he meant by keeping it at a 10 O'clock high (which that's what I do).
OK… Since there are many excellent bucktailing tips here… let me dwell a bit more.
All in all, the key is to keep your bucktail as "close to the bottom" as possible!
As for Montauk… I generally use several sizes because certain areas (and tides) dictate certain usage. For example… if you are working under the light
(top of the tide) you basically need a 1 ½ oz. Bucktail… but if the tide starts to slack… you can basically drop it down to 1 oz.
However, if you work the North side
… You can get away with ¾ oz. since the area is shallower.
On the other sie, the South side
of Montauk it is a good idea to stick to 1 oz. Because there are lots of boulders and therefore, keeping off the bottom is critical! Should you decide to extreme it out to the outside rocks… then a 1 ½ oz. Bucktail is in order.
Also, like Windcatcher
said… adding plastic trailer (curly tail)it ads buoyancy and it will allow you to work it slower.
Bottom line is, when Montauk surfcasting… A bucktail is a MUST and one needs to learn it right because it's a great fish catcher!
Tight Lines and see you all out there!