Late jigging report


I've been meaning to share some pics for awhile now but life has gotten in the way recently...

Anywhoooo... We had some guests from Sprotfishing Magazine and ASA in town for the grouper opener. The goal was to gather content for a future article in the magazine. Well, mission accomplished! In 2 days, we documented 32 different species on the FlatSide and FlatFall jigs. For the most part we stayed in 140 to 200 feet of water. The drifts were slow enough that we got away with jig from 140 gram to as small as 80. It wa slights out action all day for both days...

We had a couple of notable catches. Day one I got a black jack (trevally). I've talked to a lot of people since and no one can remember seeing one this far north. A really cool looking fish that had me wondering during the fight...


On day 2, Trey caught a large sand tile. We joked that it was a giant but we never considered weighing it. Turns out it would have eclipsed the world record by a few pounds. Oh well... Live and learn!


We had lots of good eats boated. Along with the usual grouper, we had African pompano, mutton, big eye toro, cobia, trigger, porgy, atlantic green bonito and a ton more. Bottom line is everything eats a jig when fished correctly!

Here are a few pics from the 2 days... What a blast!
















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WOW! Just WOW...

B.O.A.T. Bust Out Another Thousand!

Nice haul. Very impressive variety.

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If everything thing eats a jig when fished correctly, Would love to learn the ways!! Nice haul!

“boatless”
Assume this was offshore CHAS??

Thanks,

Enjoyed your recent SHIMANO seminar,

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Originally posted by Blackfin28

Assume this was offshore CHAS??

Thanks,

Enjoyed your recent SHIMANO seminar,



Yep! Left from Toler's. First stop was 50 miles out ...
Originally posted by Drippin Wett

If everything thing eats a jig when fished correctly, Would love to learn the ways!! Nice haul!

“boatless”


We gave a seminar here a couple weeks back. We'll be doing more down the road... Stay tuned!bigsmile
Originally posted by Drippin Wett

If everything thing eats a jig when fished correctly, Would love to learn the ways!! Nice haul!

“boatless”


We gave a seminar here a couple weeks back. We'll be doing more down the road... Stay tuned!bigsmile


I’ll definitely keep my eyes open. I have a couple Jiggin setups and have watched a few videos, haven’t had the chance to put my YouTube education to use yet. I’m in on a seminar if work doesn’t get in the way. cool

“boatless”
Thanks for sharing! Do you recommend a certain brand? Also, it look like some are tied on on the hook end and others are tied at the “top” end, can you shed some light on that?
Originally posted by Markkk

Thanks for sharing! Do you recommend a certain brand? Also, it look like some are tied on on the hook end and others are tied at the “top” end, can you shed some light on that?



Well… I work for Shimano so, YES, I can recommend a certain brand. bigsmile

As you saw, there are 2 totally different jigs in the pictures. The wide bodied jigs that have the hook on the bottom are FlatFall jigs. The ones with the hooks on top where you tie are FlatSide jigs

As wide as they are, the FlatFalls are designed to flutter on the way down and don’t require much in the way of input from the angler. Just drop to the bottom in free spool and reel back up as far as you think you need to and repeat. 99% of the hits come on the drop. It takes a bit to get a feel for how long the jig should be in freefall given your depth. Any stop in the fall before that is a bite. Close the reel and get tight fast! We generally use 80 gram (2.75oz) to 160 gram (5.5oz). We try to stay as light as we can without getting a ton of line scope.

The FlatSides are a different animal. These sink like a missile and are designed to be retrieved. The technique is a bit like rubbing your stomach with one hand and patting your head with the other simultaneously. Once you crack the code, it's magical. For the most part, we use 112 gram (4oz) to 168 gram (6oz). There are days we push out to over 300 feet and we have to go heavier. The shape of the jig makes them flick side to side as the rod loads and unloads as you pump it while retrieving. Jigging rods are designed to be very parabolic for this reason…

Some days it’s a slower retrieve, other days I’m dripping sweat. For this reason, I prefer spinning gear over conventional. I find it much easier to slow a fast reel down than to have to reel like a madman on a slow reel. The drags on spinning reels are usually higher and the retrieves are quick. I use Saragosa 8 and 10,000’s They recover 40-42” of line per turn of the handle and put out 31 pounds of drag on the 10K.

Hope that helps a bit…
Good enough. Thanks.

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