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Old 10-13-2010, 07:38 PM   #1
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Default Vertical jigging at the destin reef

Has anyone tried vertical jigging at the artificial reefs in destin?
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Old 10-13-2010, 07:49 PM   #2
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Try the live bottom to the east, less baby jacks. I almost always get a fat red group or a scamp or gag. Also a snap sometimes. I'm usually driving the boat so I drop a butterfly jig down, bounce 3 or 4 times and rip it to the top. On the way up I get kings, bobos, jacks, and once, a lone wahoo. I love to jig while holding up while others are playing in the livewell or catching snappers.
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BTW the closest live bottom for kayaking is around grayton beach and inlet beach. Both within a quick drive of Destin with very little pressure and less boats. These areas start, in some places, within a few hundred yards of the beach.
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:30 PM   #4
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I've been meaning to try it, but since they reopened snapper season I have yet tried. I vertical jig lots down in the Keys, so I'm eager to try.

Standrew, thanks for the tip on the live bottom.
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Old 10-14-2010, 12:12 AM   #5
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Standrew, do you think vertical jigging would do any good at the urchins? Monday when I was at the urchin and i crushed a handful of cigar minnows to use as chum. A few seconds later i saw a whole school of snapper, amberjacks, and remora come up. I dropped down a cigar minnow but they wouldn't take it. Do you think a vertical jig ripped right pass them would have gotten their attention?
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I've tried it a couple times though I'm sure my technique's not very good. I managed a small red snapper and a black snapper a month or so before season opened.

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Old 10-15-2010, 04:18 PM   #7
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I've always done better with grouper and snapper on bucktail jigs. My biggest kayak snapper came on a pink/white bucktail at a rig off ft Morgan. They will hit B'fly style jigs as well but not nearly as consistent in my experience
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