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Bucktail Question

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So they say there are no stupid questions.... Any hints on how to tell the weight of a bucktail without using a scale. I've got a whole bunch of 1/2-1 1/2 oz bucktails in my bag and they tend to get all mixed up. Any thoughts or tricks are appreciated.

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When I purchase or make them I use a Sharpie and write the weight on the top of my bucktail ..  And sometimes I would scratch the weight into the top of the bucktail or lure..

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I tend to figure it out by eyeballing them but I like the nail polish idea.

Although when using bigger bucktails to fish jetties/breachways they tend to get mangled up on the rocks and the color all but disappears eventually.

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You will eventually become familiar with the sizes, but in reality size is really dependent on water movement.

 

I dont care the exact measurement, and just have a variety of sizes to ratchet up and down depending on water movement.

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I do the tiny line / dot system on the bottom with a very thin sharpie.  Line is for ounce, dot is for 1/4 ounce. "|.." is oz and a half. ".." is 1/2 oz.

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48 mins ago, puppet said:

You will eventually become familiar with the sizes, but in reality size is really dependent on water movement.

 

I dont care the exact measurement, and just have a variety of sizes to ratchet up and down depending on water movement.

This!!!  Also.....A sparsely tied 1 oz bucktail may actually sink faster than a 1.25 oz bucktail tied with lots of hair.  Even the trailer has an impact on buoyancy/action.  Its more about finding the bucktail that gets you in the zone where the fish are feeding than it is about the weight of the lead.

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Put them in your slots in save order. I start with smaller to the right, so say one ounce , then up and to the left from there. Makes moving up or down a size easy and you can do it in the dark.

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There’s not much of a difference between 3/4 and 1 ounce and 1.5 to 2 visually. 
Other than that I throw what I have until it’s working proper.

Sometimes I don’t have the correct weight for the stage of tide but that’s OK. I will try something else, swimmer, popper etc.

I don’t over think it, use what I have, buy what I think I might need or lost.

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