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Old 06-01-2010, 12:43 PM
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I will be taking a few buddies fishing this weekend for mahi and was wondering if I were to stop for a few aj's, what would be my best jig to use other than some good ole live bait? A grouper or two would be nice as well.

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I will be taking a few buddies fishing this weekend for mahi and was wondering if I were to stop for a few aj's, what would be my best jig to use other than some good ole live bait? A grouper or two would be nice as well.

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williamson high speed jigs, work great.
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Williamson Abyss, also check out the Roscoe jigs made by Blue Water Candy.
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I like the good old dimond jigs, nothing fancy about them, just silver with a hook on the bottom.. work great for me..
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Any lure you won't mind losing. AJ's will eat anything if they are there. Inexpensive hammered diamond jigs, big bucktails with a curly tail grub, williamson jigs, jerk that jig jigs, and if you like to throw your money away,,, Shimano butterfly jigs. Pack a bunch of spares because you will lose some.
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any jig worked fast through the column. I agree with grouperking on the diamond jigs
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cool thanks guys....unfortunately I don't have a heavy duty spinning reel. might be fun to try on a tld 20. i will be taking first timers offshore. hopefully they could get the hang of it. should be interesting.
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oh yea, do you guys prefer the 6, 8, 10 oz diamond jigs? i'll be fishing approx. 100-150 ft.
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grouperkng,
Hit the nail on the head. The only thing that I would add is a strip of meat (bonito strip) and change the swivel/hooks.
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for 150' , 6 ounce will be plenty
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are those single hooks correct?
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I have used and lost plenty of the long "dinner knife" style jigs. In 200'+ anything with "glows in the dark" good. Big sweeps of the rod working these hi speed units. I lost a bunch with 80lb braid. Of course where I was, the sharks got most of them IF you got them off the bottom. You may be undergunned with TLD 20s, but makes for great stories. Have fun!
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I have Int 30's and 50's. Just didn't know if that was over kill. I do a lot of commercial grouper fishing with electric reels. Catching 6 boxes of reds, gags, aj's 30lbs + is the norm. But with those electric reels you press that button you better hold on. Maybe I'm underestimating the fight on a regular rod here.
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They don't call them reef donkey's for nothing! Put your Internationals away, you'll be fine with the TLD 20's given the avg size of AJ's usually caught. Make sure you have good line on the reels in the 30lb - 50lb range with an 80lb leader. I have caught'm on a Penn 7500SS spinning reel w/25lb braid on a 20lb - 30lb class spinning rod before. Just hang on and enjoy the ride!
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use a high speed reel, and a light weight rod so you don't burn your arms up on the second or third drop. Keep your drag on the med to light side, because when you get hit while jigging in the up motion you will get pulled to your knees if that drag is locked.. Kinda like hitting a brick wall at 60.

I use a penn red 6/0 which sucks because of the weight, and a 8ft ugly stick 30-50lb class i believe. It is much harder to jig with the larger set up but it pays off during the fight. If you hook up quickly its not the big of deal, but when you gotta jig for 5 or 10 min your arms will be pissed.
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Don't foget to bring a few Topwater lures for added fun ......... ICM
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Grouperkng is right on. Dinner knife jigs, high speed reels and a jigging rod that takes the "work" out of jigging for hours.
I think 6 ounces is way too heavy for 150 feet of water, try 3 to 4 ounces. The more weight of the jig, the more work..
I had good luck with a Turkey Slider jigs, until the A.J.'s took them all away from me.
The only thing I would add is a reel with lots of drag. A Trinidad is perfect but pricey.
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I managed to find two 4 oz. roscoe jigs today. EXPENSIVE. Definitely not worth losing to a gag that runs in a ledge. Not cool.....Got one brown and blue. Will try to find some diamond jigs as well.
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I agree with most of the above, but I, personally, do not have much luck with AJs in 150 feet of water. Seems like around here I need 400.
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I managed to find two 4 oz. roscoe jigs today. EXPENSIVE. Definitely not worth losing to a gag that runs in a ledge. Not cool.....Got one brown and blue. Will try to find some diamond jigs as well.
I would much rather loose a jig to a grouper than a jack... any day of the week.
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