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Old 08-25-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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Can someone please tell a newbie (me) everything I need to know about jigging for AJs? Do you jig right over the structure? Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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You will find them on the bigger structure and circle the wreck or large relief reef/ledge and see where they are stacked up... Drop a jig, crank like crazy and then hang on!!!
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Old 08-25-2012, 10:55 PM   #3
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Bigger jigs usually = Bigger AJ's. Most any kind of jig will work-- lead head with grub, etc.

I favor flat heavy jigs 200- 300 g OTI, Butterfly type, or Williamson. Diamond jigs will work too 8 to 12 oz. I like chartreuse and white, white or silver. Glow in the dark is a good feature. If you use OTI i would strongly recommend you change out the hooks. Fairly easy to build your own assist hooks.

65# braid on a rod and reel made to deal with it, (6:1 or faster, 25-30# drag) a leader of 60-125# more around oil rigs and wrecks less on live bottom.

Check out some You Tubes for Shimano butterfly jigging / retrieve techniques.

Drop it down where you are marking fish, count it on the way down so you can repeat the drop. Start it up fast, making an X in the water, short quick strokes. Hang on, have belt a handy.

I've caught keepers in 80' of water but as a thumb rule prolly have to go deeper to get a keeper. Depends on water quality. To the east (I am in OB) you will likely find them a little shallower.

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Old 08-26-2012, 12:48 AM   #4
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Lobsterman, be a sport and go ahead and write up a how to post for beginners. You are a heck of a jigging angler and you might as well share some of that experience and knowledge in a pretty little package for all of us beginners. Both Johnathan and John were amazed that you and Kevin were able to catch so many fish with just jigs. I told them what you guys would do but they just didn't realize the scope of it.
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