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Old 11-11-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Last trip out (last week of October), I lost several (too many) jigs. It was one of those trips that was fun and frustrating because most of the fish were too much for my medium-heavy tackle (embarrassing when you can't slow them or turn them and your thumb is burned). So my question is ... what's the "best" way to rig a jig? Heavier line, use a leader, fluorocarbon, braid, ...? I've still got a lot of learning to do when it comes to salt-water fishing but I love it! Your advice is appreciated ...
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:18 AM   #2
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How were you losing the jigs? Break offs in structure, cut offs by teeth, knot/gear failure?

Im assuming breaking off in structure as you said the fish were too much for your gear. What kind of gear are you using?
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:27 AM   #3
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From what you wrote I'd say you got your hat handed to you by the AJ's. What rod and reel combo were you using. If you were breaking off , like the other guy asked, where? Knots, line, structure?
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Some were "ripped" off while fluttering down and then line was clean cut (I'm assuming some nice King's b/c we landed a few) and others were "muscled" off after taking it back into the structure before we could drift away (lots of AJs there, we boated several, even teased em up w/a top water bait ... that'll make your heart pound!).

Using a Penn 850 SS spinning set up w/ a Penn "heavy action" Slammer w/25 lb. (fresh) mono. And a "medium-heavy" Penn combo 330 GT2 and Slammer w/50 lb. (new) mono. No "high-dollar" stuff. I just fish for fun and food (and humiliation). I've tried different "rigging", but after having a great time and being sent home beat up by the fish, I thought I'd turn the experts on PFF. I enjoy reading, learning, and feeling like I'm a part of the "fishing community." Thanks!
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25# mono is for Cat fishing. you will lose less to spool with no less than 60# braid. 80 would be better.. price of braid off sets the cost of jigs !!
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I agree. A spool of braid is probably cheaper than the sum of the jigs you lost. Even 50lb mono is a little small for jigging. We usually run 65lb Momoi Diamond braid on the spinners (Saragossa 10k) and 80lb Daiwa boat braid on the conventionals (Tyrnos 12s ans Talica 16s) with some 60lb fluoro leader/topshot.

If 30-40lb of drag and those setups can't stop them, then I've got no business catching them haha
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Keep in mind you can get cheap braid of Amazon or eBay.
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Old 11-12-2013, 12:19 PM   #8
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Thanks for the help (not interested in bringing home any catfish)! Any (other) suggestions on braid (brands, knots, leaders, etc.)? I enjoy having a reason to research and shop for tackle! Thanks again.
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Sounds like barracuda.
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Barracuda were there too. Drop some squid down over "live bottom" for a few Mingo and the Cudas would only let me keep the Mingo heads (they know what they're doing).
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