Jigging fishing technique is one of the types of fishing methods using hard lure in the form of metal jig by retrieving techniques ranging from fast jerking, slow jerking to long jerking.
The Origin of the Jigging Technique
Jigging, speed jigging, deep sea jigging, vertical jigging, cast jigging, butterfly jigging, slow pitch jigging and yoyo jigging are the names used in jigging techniques originating from Polynesia which was renewed in 1990 by Yoichi Mogi from Japan who later got phenomenal increase in Asia, Europe, Oceania and America. This jigging technique allows anglers to catch large fish vertically.
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How Jigs Work & Basic Techniques
The basic technique of jigging is to let the jig drop at the bottom of the ocean and retrieve the line back up by varying the speed and movement. Many types of predatory fish are at depths of 80 to 150 meters.
Fish to catch by Jigging Technique
Jigging fishing technique is very effective for targeting middle bottom and occasionally top fish. Fish that can be lured using jigging techniques include ruby snapper, GT, oil fish, dog tooth tuna, yellow fin tuna, big eye trevally, mackerel, amberjack, giant black grouper and many others.
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Types of Metal Jigging Lure
The metal jig lure has various forms and has different actions. This action is adapted to spot conditions both current and depth and also the varied jigging techniques used. The several forms of jigs are as follows:
- 1. Center Weighted Jig
A type of jig that has a weight and width that has a sideways action.
- 2. Tail Weighted Jig
This jig is heavy on the tail of jig so it will quickly descend to the seabed and is effective when used when the current is strong.
- 3. Jig Head
This jig head is different from the two types of jig above. This jig is made on the hook and given a weight on the hook head resembling a fish head and usually this jig head is combined or attached with soft lure to the hook.
To choose a jig, you have to look at the tackle balance. For example, the fishing rod that you use suggests a 60gr jig, then the jig you use is 60gr or the jig below 60gr. The choice of jig color also affects, for example, blue silver, yellow silver, pink silver, green GID (glow in dark) and so on. The choice of jig will also greatly affect your angling success.
Retrieve Jigging Technique
- 1. Slow Jerking
Namely the technique of retrieving by jerking the fishing rod with twice reeling.
- 2. Fast Jerking
Namely the technique of retrieving by jerking the rod once accompanied by a reeling.
- 3. Long Jerking
Namely the technique of retrieving by jerking the rod once accompanied by three reeling the spool.
Various kinds of jigging techniques
- 1. Slow Pitch Jigging
You can use the middle weight jig, drop the jig all the way down. Retrieve by jerking the jig up to 10-15 ft, then let it drop 5 ft, then do it again another 10-15ft and repeating rhythmically until the jig reaches the top. This gives the predator the opportunity to hit and grab the jig. This technique is especially suitable for targeting yellowfin and amberjack and giant grouper.
- 2. High Pitch Jigging
You can use a tail weighted jig for this technique. When you drop the jig and get upon coral, with a rhythmic motion, jerk the rod while reeling the spool. You can do this technique over and over again until the fish hook up.
- 3. Long Fall Jigging
Long fall jigging is accompanied by 2-3 reel turns and jerking the rod slowly so as to disturb less active predators.
- 4. Drifting Jigging
This technique is suitable in strong currents. You can use a slightly wide jig so that it move drifting. You must determine a fishing spot that is suitable for this technique, for example in the hi-spot with steep conditions, usually many large predators are looking for prey.
- 5. Cast jigging
Cast jigging is a technique where you cast a jig and retrieve it like a casting technique. This technique is sometimes very effective. If you use this technique, it’s a good idea to use a little wire, because the swordfish and barracuda often pounce on and often break up because of the inappropriate leader. This cast jig technique is very suitable for ultralight fishing.
- 6. Shore Jigging
Shore jigging is a technique of jigging near the beach or on a cliff. In addition to casting fishing techniques, you can also try to fish by shore jigging with a cast jig. You just throw the jig and start retrieving like a casting. For this technique, many types of jigs have emerged, such as spin jigs, metal lipless crankbait jigs, long type jigs, front balanced jigs, back weighted jigs and so on.
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There are still many jigging techniques that may not be commonly used, for example, such as twitch jigging, dead stick jigging, bottom bounce jigging, and walleye jigging which are divided into various kinds of walleye jigging, namely vertical jigging, lifting a jig, popping a jig, ice jig, ripping a jig, swimming a jig and so on. This jigging technique is popular in Canada.
Jigging Technique Setup
Jigging rods are usually shorter and the handle is slightly longer than regular fishing rods to make jigging easier. Usually the slow pitch jigging rod is longer than the speed jigging rod about 6 ft to 7.5 ft and the end of the fishing rod is more flexible to reflect the jig.
See also: Best Jigging Rods
The jigging reel itself, you can choose a lighter one, either spinning or overhead reel with a low ratio. Selection of a lightweight reel is so that you are not too tired when jigging.
See also: Best Jigging Reels
For jigging it’s good to use 8-strand braid line as they reduce the friction effect and sink faster.
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For a jigging hook you can choose a strong and sharp hook. For the hook you can put 2 pieces on the head of the jig and also one below. If you have any doubts about getting stuck on coral, just use two of hooks on a head of jig.
For the leader, depending on the individual angler, usually 10 ft of fluorocarbon leader is used so that no braid line or faint line are visible.
To tie the leader to the PE line, you can use FG knots or PR knots.
Made of metal, usually tin. Some jigs have one or more hooks tied to a free-swinging Kevlar rope. There are several types of jigs, flutter jigs, slow pitch jigs and diamond jigs. To use a jig, you can adjust it to your tackle or it is known as the tackle balance. For tail weighted jigs, it is usually used for fishing YFT, amberjack and so on.
Used to make it easier to change the hook or jig without cutting the leader line.
The used of swivel so that the line do not twist when playing the jig
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Jigging Technique for Ultralight Fishing
The jigging technique can also be applied to ultralight fishing using a micro jig. Micro jigs on the market are 3 gr, 5 gr and 7 gr. This fishing technique with micro jigging is very effective and not too draining your stamina, but you get an extraordinary sensation. For fishing spots suitable for micro jig sizes are 5 to 10 meters deep and the use of kind micro jig depends on the current.
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Jigging fishing technique will be addictive and refer to the angler’s adrenaline. The fishing method of jigging technique is experiencing rapid growth with gear or modern fishing tackle, lightweight and very strong.