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Jigging for amberjacks south of Fourchon

Old 09-25-2020, 03:16 PM
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Default Jigging for amberjacks south of Fourchon

Is this productive? I know that live hardtails is the go to. And I will attempt to catch some at the rigs on way out. But in event we strike out I would plan to try and Jig some up. Iíve caught one amberjack in my life and it was on a dead piece of pogie while snapper fishing. It was big and kicked my ass and was literally one day after season closed. Sunday looks to be a good day to run a little further out. My plan is to find a rig in 300+ feet of water and drop down at different depths with hopefully live but if not jigs.
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Very productive. I can't seem to catch one that way, but see lots of boats pull up and hook them one after another.
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For some reason I always catch smaller amberjack with jigs, but quick action. I probably use too small jugs and donít jig it fast enough for the big ones.
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If you think jigs too big. It’s not big enough. If you think you’re jigging too fast you’re too slow. If you are doing it right 5-10 drops and you’ll think fishing for anything else is a good plan.

if you find a wiling decent size AJ on jig it’ll hit like a freight train. Make sure your drag is set right. 40-60% chance he’ll get in rig and break you off.

just my thoughts. Others may feel differently.

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We fire them up with knife jigs then let a live bait down...
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Any luck yesterday? I tried the same but struck out.
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Hooked into some very powerful fish that I assume were amberjacks based on how hard they pulled the rod tip down. But broke us off every time and we did t have long. Maybe 5-6 drops before the weather ran us off. We got a late start so wasnít expecting much. Had to bring the boat back to island after these recent storms and it was too nice a day not to at least try. And unfortunately the rain offshore ran us off before we could rally even get stared. Pulled a couple mahi mahi off some weed lines on way out and back in. But other than that was pretty quiet. I wish the rain would have held off for another 30 min to an hour. I really wanted to see what was on the other end of our lines down deep.
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we always try to pull them out the rig with the boat
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We tried to do that on The second and third hook ups. But it was crazy. As soon as they were hooked they somehow wrapped around something on rig. Didnít break line but line was snagged. And from there it was done. We tried to move the boat around to see if we could free it up but no luck. So last one we just cut line and ran away from the oncoming rain.
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Originally Posted by grandislefisher View Post
We tried to do that on The second and third hook ups. But it was crazy. As soon as they were hooked they somehow wrapped around something on rig. Didnít break line but line was snagged. And from there it was done. We tried to move the boat around to see if we could free it up but no luck. So last one we just cut line and ran away from the oncoming rain.
You're getting too close. We made that mistake years ago when butterfly jigging was getting popular. Start further away than you think and only get closer if you're not getting bit.

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