Jig fishing: Techniques / materials / jigs

We will take stock of the intricacies of jigging. Contrary to what most people think, jigging is no big deal. jig fishing requires excellent coordination of the upper limbs, a good knowledge of the environment and deducing the right choice of jig.

Pêche au Jig : Techniques / matériels / jigs

Knowing how to choose your jigs

Thon à dents de chien capturé en jigging en bateau
Dog tooth tuna caught on Evergreen Caprice 100gr holographic

The weight of the jigs

There are several factors that go into making a good selection of jigs. The first point that will guide you is the weight of the jigs. Because when traveling, one of the big problems is the weight that you can take on the plane. It is therefore necessary to be the most compact and the lightest in its choices.

Your destination will allow you to select the jigs. If for example you decide to go to the east coast of Madagascar, you will have to choose jigs between 200 and 400 grams because it is an area where the current is very strong. It is common to fish with 300grams of jigs in barely 50 meters of bottom.

On the other hand, if you go to the French Caribbean, jigs between 40 and 150 grams are largely sufficient for coastal fishing.

Here is a table which allows in a single glance to optimize the choice of your jigs according to the place where you are going to go on your fishing trip:

Pêche au Jig : tableau récapitulatif

The stream : an important factor for jig fishing gives you an indication of the weight of the jigs to select, the more “+” there are and the heavier the grammage must be!
The depth : directs you towards the weight, the more there is substance and the more you will increase the weight of the jigs.
-The last part talks about the presence of pelagic fish who have the annoying tendency to cut our lines because of their incredible teeth. The more they are present, the more jigs you will need!

Preuve de l'intérêt que portent les Thazards pour les Jigs Caprices Evergreen 320gr.
Proof of the interest of the Thazards for Caprices Evergreen 320gr.
Mr and Mrs Fish aura eu de la chance avec ce thazard au Jig piqué en bord de gueule!
Mr and Mrs Fish will have been lucky with this mackerel stung on the edge of the mouth!

Jig fishing: choose the shape of your jigs

There will be an impact on jig fishing in the choice of the shape of the latter. Some species also have their preferences on this subject. From experience, I would say that amberjack have a tendency to prefer the “knife” jigs (all in length) because they offset much more than the other shapes.
Personally, I have a preference for “teardrop” jigs. They are not symmetrical, but their center of gravity is very low. It is therefore an advantage to pierce the water layer as quickly as possible and reach the bottom.
There are also perfectly symmetrical “diamond” shaped jigs, often used in slow jigging and very effective on all kinds of predators.

Tanguy Marlin à Madagascar nous présente ce fabuleux Coral Trout pris au Jig
Tanguy Marlin in Madagascar presents us this fabulous Coral Trout

Jig fishing techniques

Speed jigging

It is surely the most used jig fishing technique in exotic deep fishing. It is also the most physically demanding. The feeling of being hitched up as you force your jig up and down the balls is just amazing. Personally, I can't do without it anymore, and trevally no more!

Carangue Ignobilis en pêchant au Jig
Trevally Ignobilis on Evergreen Wolfram 130

The goal of this technique is to drop your jig to the bottom, then you close the pick-up, and there you have to find the synchronization between your arm which “shakes” the lure, and your hand which recovers your braid, so as to make your line “snap” to the surface. You go up about twenty meters if you have a hundred meters, roughly 20% from the ascent.

Romain poses with this magnificent Vivanneau Vermeil

Slow jigging

Slow jigging is a much less tiring jig fishing technique which also requires great precision during the various animations. I particularly like the slow-jigging overnight. During this period, marine predators will increase the sense of their lateral line.
For his animation, it will be necessary to wedge the heel of his rod under the armpit, which will allow to play the role of pivot and to print a significant angle to the rod to take off the jig strongly from the bottom and to let it flutter. on the descent. Multiply the gesture during your ascent, and be careful! The key occurs most often during the descent!

Oilfish au jig Evergreeen Caprice
Incredible catch of an Oilfish (ruvettus pretiosus) at Evergreen caprice 180gr in 137 meters of depth

Bottom jigging

We practice this technique of jigging in calm waters devoid of strong currents. The goal is to let your jig drag (it must be equipped with an octopus on its assist hook) on the bottom while giving it small jumps. This animation will make the octopus work from top to bottom of the water column (a little on the principle of animating an inchiku). Predatory fish are very sensitive to it, the attack is always targeted on the hook.

Here is a video of a silky shark that comes to intercept a jig during a bottom jigging animation:

The crancking jig

It is a jig technique a little less widespread on the globe, except in certain Asian countries. The goal is to hit bottom, and bring your jig back to the vertical as quickly as possible. Underwater, this action can be compared to a squid fleeing at full speed. Pelagic fish are particularly sensitive to it when they are in schools.

Yon Dupaquier et un superbe African Pompano prise au jig
Yon Dupaquier and a superb African Pompano
Rusty Jobfish (aphareus-rutilans) in Socotra

Arming your jigs

There are several ways to cock metal jigs depending on the technique used and the type of spot.
La 1st technique is a montage on “Assist hooks”. For those who do not know, the “assists” are simple and strong hooks of iron mounted on a cord. The goal is to arm the jig at its head.
IMPORTANT: The leader must absolutely be hooked to the welded ring !!!

Assist Hooks pour la pêche au Jig
Assist hooks mounted on cords and feather dusters on the left, assist hooks mounted on cords, feather dusters, welded rings and split rings on the right.

What are the advantages?
-Allows you to avoid a lot of addicts when the jig hits the bottom.
-The predator once bitten will have almost no point of support to unhook, if you do not relax the line.

Montage Assist Hooks pour la pêche en jigging
Evergreen Caprices jigs mounted on assists hooks. Your line must be connected to the welded ring!

Montage Assist Hooks pour la pêche en jigging
Close-up of the assembly to be made

The 2nd technique for jig fishing is to equip your metal jig with a treble hook. In this specific case, it must be connected with a reinforced split ring. Its size must be in line with the size of the jig.
A rolling swivel is strongly recommended at the head of your jig. It must be connected by a broken ring reinforced on the jig. Your line must be connected upstream of the rolling.
What are the advantages?
- In case of addicts on the bottom, the fact of having the overall weight of the jig above your hook, will allow you to unhook easily by shaking your rod in line with your lure.
-Optimal for shoeing fish with light jigs to cast on hunting.

Exemple de montage d'un hameçon triple sur métal jig.
Example of mounting a triple hook on a metal jig.
Hameçons triples Jabbers Uppercut pour la pêche au jig
Jabbers Uppercut treble hooks

Panoplie complète de jigs pour un voyage exotique Heavy jigging.
Complete set for an exotic trip Heavy jigging.

Jig fishing: essential accessories

To practice jigging from a boat, you will need some really essential accessories for your comfort and safety.
A pair of gloves in special peach leather. These gloves will protect you from dangers while fishing (braid, hooks, fish, thorns etc…).

The harness is also essential during the long fights that can offer the trevally, dogtooth tunas and other overpowered predators.

  • Broken ring pliers will also allow you to change jigs quickly but also to unhook fish in complete safety.
Jabbers pliers are treated against corrosion.

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