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BASIC TIPS FOR DEEP WATER JIGGING

Deep water jigging is very productive if you’re chasing a range of top table fish, provided you get the hang of it. It can be pretty frustrating at times, but with some practice, a bit of knowledge and enough experience, you should be able to land that elusive Emperor, Perch, Snapper or whatever big game fish you’re chasing. Here are a few basic tips to help you out with deep water jigging.

BRAIDED LINES

When going deep water jigging, most anglers prefer braided fishing lines. Seldom will you see an angler using monofilament fishing lines in deep water jigging. Braided lines have a PE rating that’s better than mono lines. They’re also colour coded to run different colours every 10 metres.

CHASE AMBERJACK

If you’re looking for the perfect trophy catch, try chasing Amberjack. If you live in the Queensland area, then it won’t be a problem since they’re mostly found on this region’s coasts. Amberjacks are known to be tough fighters and will surely provide a tough challenge.

They are known to inhabit reefs in deep water so better look out for that. Sometimes, they also school up the surface when there are baitfish. Because Amberjacks look like Yellowtail Kingfish, there are anglers who end up chasing the latter instead, which isn’t bad at all!

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Speaking of reefs in deep water, the only way you’ll be able to find one is if you use a fish finder or chart plotter. These devices will help you find the best spots for the targets you’re chasing. The fish finder will determine the presence of fish. You can then use the GPS and to mark the position of the school on an electronic map. These devices are also very useful for determining the drift pattern to properly position your boat so it can drift over the school of fish.

GEAR RATIO

The gear ratio used for jigging in deep water will usually belong to the higher end of the bracket. If you’re using spin or overhead reels, go for a 6:1 gear ratio. They’re much more effective.

LEADERS

This is a significant aspect of a deep water jigging system. Since you’ll be using braided lines, which are known to have zero stretch, using mono leaders with a 200lb rating can serve as the shock absorber of your jigging system. Aside from that, it will also provide some much-needed abrasion protection.

RODS

When choosing a rod for your jigging system, the most important factor is the comfort. In theory, a shorter rod will be more comfortable and will not be so taxing to handle. It also allows you to provide more power for those long battles. I recommend using a 1.8-metre rod. It’s just the right length for the categories mentioned.

VERTICAL JIGGING

When deep water jigging, vertical jigging is the most preferred method. That’s because the lure will respond more to the action if your line is vertical. To make the most out of this, you have to master rod tip action and tailor your retrieves to best replicate how baitfish move.

UNDERWATER STRUCTURE

Lastly, when deep water jigging, always look for underwater structure. Look for ledges, reefs and wrecks, since the fish are usually found in one of these structure.

Deep water jigging is a fun activity, but there’s a bit of a learning curve. You must have the right equipment and follow the proper technique to be successful at it. The next time you go out there, bring these tips with you and an extra percentage of confidence.


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Jackson Williams
jacksonw@dinga.com.au

Jackson Williams has been fishing around Australia for 20 years and loves his home region of far north Queensland.