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Old 04-23-2019, 09:43 AM   #1
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Can someone shed some light? I'll be in Orange Beach in June and Destin in July fishing. I generally only bottom fish reefs and wrecks and love the 9 mile reefs off of Orange Beach. I love the snapper/Trigger but want to get into some AJ's. I plan on setting up my Saragosa 6000 and Terez M/H Rod with a jig. Can I find these fish at 9 miles or do I need to be in deeper water? Also, what jigs/size do you guys suggest? Any insite is greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!!
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Old 04-23-2019, 10:50 AM   #2
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You can find them within 9 miles and on public numbers.
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Can’t fail with these jigs. Fishing for AJ's-88fa3ef9-1555-4627-a702-ceb2e61f2d15-jpg
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Any flat sided jig works great. Knockoff shimano butterfly jigs are golden . 5-7 ounce depending on current. Larger fish are in 120-200 ft deep. They prefer wrecks with high vertical relief.
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Thanks fender! thats what I suspected! I figured I would have to break that 100ft range about 15 miles out. Any good sites that sell a knockoff with multiple included. Im a tackle direct guy but talk about pricey lures!!!!! It would be nice to find a 5 pack or more.
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This is the cheapest I can find now. I haven't bought any in years, I used to get them really cheap at the little tackle store on pace by cervantes. They are out of business now. This isn't a bad price though, if the hooks are cheap just change them out with your own assist hooks. You can make those easy too.

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Federal AJ is closed and will not reopen until August....


http://gulfcouncil.org/press/2019/re...y-triggerfish/


Just AJs for the fun of it?? Jigs are they way to go for that, fun bite.
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BTW Federal Triggers also close in a couple of weeks...
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Fender provided good info, and jigs are great way to target Aj's but for near shore shallower wrecks, just free line a ruby red lip or better yet a hard tail if you can find them.


















































In deeper depths, a jig works best to work the water column and cover ground during the hunt.




Check out u-tube vids on technique working a jig.


Best of luck!
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Thanks fender! thats what I suspected! I figured I would have to break that 100ft range about 15 miles out. Any good sites that sell a knockoff with multiple included. Im a tackle direct guy but talk about pricey lures!!!!! It would be nice to find a 5 pack or more.
Go to Sam's in OBA. He has a ton(or he did) of the Williamson jigs for around $5. Doesn't hurt too bad when they wreck you. And you don't have to run 15 miles if you don't want.
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