July 14, 2016
Vertical jigging in
the waters in South Florida is very productive and my
favorite style of fishing. Lets start with Rods. With
Vertical jigging a specialized jigging rod is best. These
rods are small yet strong and are created to work vertical
jigs with specific weights. Parabolic action is desired. It
is a matter of personal preference. Most jigging rods tend
to be 5 to 6 ft, personally I like a longer Jigging rod so I
can clear around my kayak if needed. I use Adrenalin custom
rods that are tailored to my specific style of jigging. What
you feel comfortable with is the best rod for you. As for
reels there are 2 choices high speed to fight fast moving
pelagic's or low gear to horse up big fish. Personally I
prefer small strong light reels for example Accurate Valiant
300 this is a 9 oz tiny reel with tons of power. As for
line braid is key no stretch and plenty of strength I
personally like 40-50 lbs braid. Leader material will give
you some stretch I prefer 40- 50 lbs Fluro. Now lets get to
the metal jig with free-swinging hooks, there are different
options again my preference are Jimyjigs. Jimyjigs USA are
well made durable and they all have superglow with some
impressive color schemes. Ok lets begin.. drop the jig to
the bottom and retrieve it with a rhythmic motion that
creates a vertical walk-the-dog action that's
irresistible to fish that will cause a reaction strike.
The technique works over featureless bottom, plus it's
effective when fished through suspended schools of bait. It
works over wrecks, reefs and rock piles. Also bouncing off
the bottom 3/4 times lifting the jigg 5-10 ft and dropping
back down is a great way to target snapper and grouper. No
strikes work that jigg higher 30-50 ft and drop back down.
No strikes either increase or decrease your speed. By
increasing your speed you cut down on your chance to get
snagged up on the wreck or structure. You are going to want
to use a heavier jig to keep you as vertical as possible.
Trust me the fish will definitely let you know when you get
it right. No or little current I recommend a smaller jig 3-4
oz. Grab your favorite jimyjig and hit up your local
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