Top Tips On Speed Jigging
The term jigging is a well-known tactic when it comes to fishing for certain species. This method is popular at our Guinea Bissau, Madagascar, Andaman Islands, Gabon and Costa Rica fishing destinations.
There are many different ways of jigging all involving dropping a metal lure into the dark depths and then working it to entice a hungry predator to hit it. With jigging techniques such as slow, speed and butterfly all proving to be popular methods to fish with you could be left scratching your head as to the best method to use.
In this blog, I will take you through the method of speed jigging. This fast and furious arm aching technique will leave you sweating but when all else fails this enticing way of working the jig could be the difference between hooking into a fish or having a quiet day at sea.
Firstly when speed jigging you will need to have the correct tackle for the job. A short rod with a nice springy tip is perfect for this style of angling. Match to this a small light reel with a drag rating of around 30-40lb and you will have the winning ingredients for a speed jigging session.
Metal jigs of around 100 – 300 grams are used and these can be balanced with either a centre weight or a tail weight. As the name suggests, centre-weighted jigs have the balance of the weight around the centre of the jig meaning that the jig flutters more under the water with a slower descent which is perfect for Barracuda, Sailfish and Kingfish. Tail weighted jigs have the weight balanced more towards the tail meaning that they fall through the water much quicker and are easier to fish due to their streamlined nature. These jigs are designed more for fishing in deeper water.
When jigging you have to ensure that the boat is either drifting at a slow speed or is anchored up, this is due to the fact that too much forward motion will not allow the jigs to be fished as effectively. Too much forward motion means the jigs will be towed higher up in the water instead of being fished vertically. Once you have ensured that the boat is positioned correctly you can commence fishing.
When speed jigging you will lower your jig all the way to the sea bed, once your jig hits the bottom you must retrieve fast with short fast jerky arm movements to imitate a dying fish. Once you feel you have passed the kill zone (the area you believe the fish to be feeding) then you should let the jig fall back down to the required depth and work it back up with these fast and jerky movements. This way of fishing should leave your muscles burning because you are constantly winding fast and jerking the jig to get a fish to hit and hook itself and when it does you will certainly know about it.
The next time you are jig fishing and fancy trying a different tactic put speed jigging to the test, you may be surprised at how effective it is to get those big angry predators to smash your rod over.
Do you have any tips on speed jigging? If so, leave them in the comments below.
If you have any questions on any of the jigging trips we offer then contact us in the office, our team will be happy to help you with any queries you have. Additionally, you can request a free brochure.