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 Posted: Mon Jul 2nd, 2007 12:42 pm
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lerouxjaco
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Vertical jigging for offshore fishing is definitely an effective method for landing those extra fish. We have used this method in combination with the normal baits while drifting for game fish with excellent results. The advantage of this method in combination with drifting live and dead baits is that you excite the fish and also lure the fish from the bottom to the boat, getting the fish to either take the jig or the baits. On occasions one could see schools of five plus fish following the spoon with the hooked fish to the boat. I will recommend this method to anyone willing to work for his fish. While presenting our baits at different levels a crewmember will start jigging with the baits set. Most of the takes will happen on the jigs before the baits are even set out properly. This does make for very hard work as jigging does take a lot of effort if done for long periods, but if the jigging is rotated between the crewmembers on each drift then this method can be used for long periods. If there are no showings on the fish finder when drifting then the jigging can be stopped until fish is present on the fish finder especially when drifting over structures. Jigging is most effective when fishing for species as this allows you to target more species at the same time and at the whole spectrum of water. As a last word jigging does work.


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 Posted: Mon Jul 2nd, 2007 04:39 pm
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Thanks for that Jaco, I always wondered if those ESA guys were not having us on with the vertical jigging thing. Glad to see it works, but it just seems like such a shlep, hard work too!

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 Posted: Mon Jul 2nd, 2007 05:51 pm
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lerouxjaco
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Hi Reefman

I also used to wonder about this vertical jigging, although it originated from the east (Japan) from what I understand one do wonder if it isn't just another gimmick to make some quick bucks especially the way it's getting promoted. Well the only way to find out is to test it yourself and that we did and proven on a few occasions. This method isn’t a magic fishing concept but can be more or just as productive as any other method of fishing and will either produce fish or not. What I can say is that if we didn't jig on our latest fishing trip at the Inhaca challenge 25 June then we probably wouldn't have won the challenge. What I like about the jigging method is that you can jig while you are drifting your baits so instead of sitting and waiting for the fish to bite you can actually entice the fish in biting with the jigging method. What made the difference for us in the comp was the fact that we targeted cuta and kingfish as the main species and then tried for kakaap, prodigal son or tuna as the third specie and on two different days in the comp we landed kingfish with the jigging and lost a few fish that we don't know what took the jig, and also took cuta strikes with the jigs (Williamson jigs was our favorites) thus producing the third specie. Drifting life or dead baits at the bottom produced only cuta and kakaap and not any kings for the week as the jigging did. Jigging allows you to cover more water surface from the bottom to the top increasing your chances of a strike, and definitely attracts fish from the bottom to the surface. Jigging will always be part of our outfit on any trip.

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