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Old 09-15-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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I would like to try jigging with some knife jigs, but i dont know the best set up for them? Should i use conventional or spinner and any other advice?

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Old 09-15-2012, 10:19 PM   #2
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I prefer conventional personally. The balance and power with a conventional just feels right to me.
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I've been wanting to get serious about jigging this year, I started in January and conventional worked great. But I grew up on spinning gear so I've been looking at using spinning more recently. Bought a few spinners that have 33lb drag and are very reliable, Canyon's have like 60+ lbs. of drag but I've heard mixed reviews.

I hear conventional is better to jig with, they have better drag systems for the big boys...but I've seen video after video and talked with several friends that seems to indicate its preferential.

I'm heading out next Wednesday with my new gear in hopes of catching my first keeper AJ, i'll let you know how it turns out. I haven't heard from my buddy yet on if he found 2 more people to come wtih, if he hasn't and if you are free on the 19th you can join my buddy and I to help test it out? I'll be going out of Pensacola.

Guess it depends on how you hold your gear...
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I love my Shimano Stella 8000SWPG with 250g Spinal jigging rod. It is a beast and extremely comfortable jigging and fighting fish. Jigging with conventional gear is bulky and tough of me.
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We use both and depending on rod length and the size of what's on the other end of the line helps with using stand-up gear (belt/harness etc.) esp. when wresting the reef donkeys, bigger sharks etc.

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Old 09-16-2012, 10:11 AM   #6
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It doesn't matter what anyone else uses. What are you most comfortable with. That is what really matters. I personally like and use both. When one arm gets tried I switch to the other. Used to be the reliability were in conventional reels but with the constant R & D of spinning reels they have worked miracles on the better reels. So the ball is in your court. Which reel style are you more comfortable with.
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I love my Shimano Stella 8000SWPG with 250g Spinal jigging rod. It is a beast and extremely comfortable jigging and fighting fish. Jigging with conventional gear is bulky and tough of me.
x2 have a stella 10000FA on a spinal series 2 250gram and love it as it is comfortable to use for long periods of time. The downside to this rod is it is 5'6" and you have to stay on top of the fish more so but you can certainly turn a fishes head with them.

As a lot of people have said it is a matter of personal preference. One thing I have learned about jigging is that it's all about the rod. If you can afford it do consider getting a upper echelon rod. Options would be OTI, Spinal, ocean revolution which you can get for around 350 on up.

Also google "intro to jigging". It is a very informative thread on 360tuna.com that discusses all aspects of jigging and tackle selection.

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x2 have a stella 10000FA on a spinal series 2 250gram and love it as it is comfortable to use for long periods of time. The downside to this rod is it is 5'6" and you have to stay on top of the fish more so but you can certainly turn a fishes head with them.
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I am curious what you mean when you say, "you have to stay on top of the fish more ...".

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I use both conventional and spinners. I like the spinners better, high speed and it just feels better opening and closing the bail wire at the depth you want. Stellas, torques, saltiga work great for jigging, but if you dont want to spend that money the saragosa, penn conquer, or other reels in that class with heavier drags work great.Your going to need a good jigging rod too, and braided line lots of braided line around 60lb to 80lb.... I use travilas or bluewater carnages, you cant go wrong with a rod that is rated for 100lb braid when your jacking fish jaws and horsing them to them to the top.
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I got a Penn 706 and a shimano TLD 25 that i was gonna give a try with this week. Im totally new to this so it's going to be a learning experience. From what I've seen, it looks like a blast trying to get a good AJ to the surface on a spinning reel.
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