What To Bring: The beauty of catching the blitz at Montauk is that you don't ever know what you're going to hook when you cast into the fracas. With that in mind, overgunning your tackle at little is not a bad idea. Spinning reels should be spooled with 30-pound braid, and 20- or 30-pound fluorocarbon leaders are the norm. This line/leader combo can handle the screaming run of an albacore just as well as the dogging fight of a 30-pound striper. Of course, the key to Montauk success is a reel with a solid drag that can really take a beating. Make sure you trust the guts before you go into battle. Medium-heavy rods in the 7- to 8-foot range are perfect for casting small and large lures, and they aren't too light to handle hard fighters. Small metal lures, like Deadly Dicks, are invaluable in October, as are small white bucktail jigs. Always have a few larger poppers on hand as well in case you find a busting pod of bigger bass. If you're into the fly game, 8- to 10-weight outfits are standard, and intermediate sinking lines are what'll you want most of the time. If you've got nothing but Clousers and Deceivers in white, tan, and chartreuse, you'll get by just fine. And don't skimp on fly drag here either...just about anything you hook in Montauk has the power to smoke a click-pawl reel.