What is the best rod to use?
depends on the size of the jig your using. i have 2 main boat set ups though. a 6'6" american tackle custom. jigging blank..will jig from an ounce all the way up as high as you would wanna go for fluke. also have a 7' daiwa black widow rod that is a cheap rod, but really awesome. moderate action, doesn't like over 4 oz, although i have jigged 6 with it. kayak, i use the 6'6" or have some light ugly stick spinning rods, or my favorite... a 4'6" tica kayak rod. softest tip ever, but enough back bone to lift a house..and weighs next to nothing. surf? i use spinning, 9' star if im throwing over 2 oz, or my 7' star if throwing lighter and fish are in closer
What is the best reel to use?
depends on rod, etc. i have an avet sx on my 6'6", a daiwa millionare on the daiwa 7', and abu's on almost everything else. spinning i have a vs150 on the 9' and a penn battle on the 7'
Gulp! Or live bait?
i fish gulp 90% of the time. but fresh cut strip bait and live spot are killers too...
What size bucktail?
ill fish anything from 1/4 oz up to 10+ oz. depends on conditions, depth, current, boat/shore/kayak, etc etc...
What color bucktail?
i like green/chartreuse over white..but will be putting lots of orange to use this year. all white is good to. pink over white, etc etc...
Braid or mono?
braid, 15 lb on my light, shallow water set ups, 20-30 on everything else.
go as light as possible on the jig. just enough to contact bottom when you want to. you don't want to drag the bucktail on the bottom, you want to float/bounce right above it. a teaser rig, or a tap dancer rig is the way to go when bucktailing fluke with gulp in my opinion
hope that kinda helps...just barely touched the tip of the ice berg that is fluking. probably one of my favorite fisheries...jigging fluke.