Jigging is quite fashionable… you will just have to check out the covers of the fishing magazines to realize theres a word that comes up issue by issue: Jigging… The top searched word in Google´s marine fishing world is “Jigging”. So we know that jigging has made a revolution into the sport fishing world of salty water… don’t we? As from here onwards, we will try to briefly widen up your information about this technique.
The fishing technique is quiet simple: its about dropping in a heavy bait down to the bottom only to bring it back to the surface again. Usually you fish with the boat sailing on deep waters over 20 meters. Hot spots will be rocky areas, shipwrecks, platforms, coral reefs, etc.
To fish on a vertical way its an ancestral technique. From centuries ago, the Baltic ocean or the Northern sea fishermen have been fishing this way with the so called “pilkers”, a kind of heavy baits with fishy shapes, very much unrefined, that come across from the botton of the sea after cod, halibut nad some other Nordic types. This technique also called “pirking”, still very popular in the norths of Europe. Thousands of germans, belgians, dutchmen come fishing yearly to the scandinavian countries and Iceland.
At the beginnings of the nineties, some japanese fishermen reinvented this type of fishing refining each and every aspect of it. Instead of a fish line they start using a braid fish line (dyneema o kevlar), they introduced assist hooks too and design modern jigs with all type of shapes, colors and weights. The enterprises also put on the market special reels and canes.
This technique has revolutionised fishing putting in our hands types of fishes we could barely dream of some years ago.
Canes, reels & lines
For jigging practise quite a lot of specialized material has been developed. The canes tend to be thick and ring reinforced. They are sort of short (1.60m give or take) for the simple reason that with a short cane one gets less tired tan with a long cane; although there are some defenders of the long canes specially for Mediterranean waters. Short canes are good for quick and short pulls, while long canes will be better for long movements.
Talking about power, we can take the line as reference. Light equipment will weight around 15 – 25 pounds with 100-120 grames jigs. For the heavier work, we can use lines around 50-60 pounds , some fishermen even go up to 120 pounds… The jigs wight in this lines goes around the 300grames or more. A fact that you have to bear in mind while choosing lines is that the thinner the line, the less influence will the currents be making and the more vertical well be able to fish.
It is very important to have a high quality reel with a good brake. This piece will be suffering
the jigs impact due to constant motion and the fish fighting could also become intense, so you
would want to spend a little bit more and bet for a Shimano, Daiwa or Van Staal to mention a
Most of the jiggers use use fix coils, although lately theres more people going for the spinning
So who wouldnt like to catch a GT in Madagascar? Or a tuna dogteethed at the Maldives?
To catch a big piece in the mediterraneum it is not an easy task, but there is a few places to
mention for practising this. The Baleares islands have good decks to catch bows, dentex and
some sheer, theres good spots in Tarragona, San Antonio cape (Denia, Javea), Murcia zone.
But the best places in Spain will definitely be the narrow of Gibraltar and the Canary Islands.
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