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Old 03-04-2011, 05:03 PM   #1
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Has anyone tried it? We are thinking of putting together a trip out of Indian Pass since everything else is closed. My buddy has some electric reels, but I'd like to try jiggin for them if its possible. I've seen a youtube video of some guys jigging Snowys in NC (I think?) . He's talking about fishing 300-600ft, which I've never done before even electric gear. What would I need? I've been wanting to put together a heavier jiggin setup than I have now and am looking a trinidad 40n. Would that work with a 300-400 gram rod? What size and type of jigs would you use? Do you need the fancy ones or will cheaper AJ jigs work? Thanks!
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Old 03-04-2011, 05:11 PM   #2
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the trinidad setup will be fine, whatever jigs you use make sure they have some glow to em. its dark down there. get em heavy to beat the current down, i always just use slow bumps off the bottom for grouper, you'll find out pretty quick if they are hungry or not. good luck!
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Talk to Recess on the gcfc, he isnt on here anymore. They have any info you need.
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There are plenty of people who can help you with this.

Use 30-50lb braid on a rod suitable for jigging with 8-14oz jigs, for me its a 5'9" 400gram rod. I use both metal jigs and bucktails. My favorite jig is a Shimano Flat side jig in glow/chart in 12 oz or a 11oz Roscoe jig (all roscoe's glow). A high speed retrieve reel works best and cuts fight time down. Pulling a big snowy or golden tile in from 700+ft requires a good pace. Snowy's feel like dead weight for the most part while tiles will fight you all the way up. Don't be surprised if you get some big blackfin in the process, we have caught them at 700ft down while deep dropping. You don't really need to jig as much as hit bottom and drift occasionally letting line out again to feel bottom again.

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Old 03-04-2011, 06:31 PM   #5
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Thanks Fellas that really helps!
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There are plenty of people who can help you with this.

Use 30-50lb braid on a rod suitable for jigging with 8-14oz jigs, for me its a 5'9" 400gram rod. I use both metal jigs and bucktails. My favorite jig is a Shimano Flat side jig in glow/chart in 12 oz or a 11oz Roscoe jig (all roscoe's glow). A high speed retrieve reel works best and cuts fight time down. Pulling a big snowy or golden tile in from 700+ft requires a good pace. Snowy's feel like dead weight for the most part while tiles will fight you all the way up. Don't be surprised if you get some big blackfin in the process, we have caught them at 700ft down while deep dropping. You don't really need to jig as much as hit bottom and drift occasionally letting line out again to feel bottom again.

Hope this helps
Great post Chris. Thank you for the info.
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