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Tuna jigging jig selection

Old 02-07-2019, 06:07 PM
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Going to be doing a lot of tuna fishing out of South Jersey in the canyons and then inshore lumps. I am trying to get set up with different butterfly jigs but need any advice possible as to what everyone prefers both brand and gram. Thanks in advance for any info

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Old 02-08-2019, 04:00 AM
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Here's an article we did on that subject - specifically question #6. You will see a few jigs repeated by several Captains - I would start with an arsenal of those in the 80-120g range and then go from there. I suggest tying direct to the solid ring on your assist hook and just use the split ring for the jig. Makes for easy swaps. As far as colors go I would say in the last decade three color patterns have stood out for me are silver, pink, and blue. Jigging is a very diverse fishery that seems to change often from bluefin to yellowfin and they type of bait around. There's been years where you just needed to dead stick a 9oz Sting-O off the bottom for bluefin all the way to years like last years yellowfin where if you dropped a 120g jig you never got bit but 80-100g = tight in seconds. I would say you need $300-$400 to properly build a full NJ jig arsenal. I've not had as much success in NJ with RonZ as the RI, Cape Cod guys do but I still carry them b/c one day they are going to be the ticket on a feed.

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Best color for bluefin around new england is burnt orange. I like pink and blue also but burnt orange mimics whiting and codfish. I use 5-7oz. I have gone to a 310# Kruk swivel or 300# sampo. I use 480 cable for the hook instead of the other options hook top ring and tie off split bottom ring for the jig.The wire works for tunas and canyon work where you may run into toothy fish. Heat shrink the wire with red and it gives a bit more color. The stiffness helps prevent the tangles that soft hook sets will get.
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:20 AM
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Thanks a lot for the input. I checked out the openbow link and it is loaded with info. Defiantly not going to half ass my assortment of jigs.
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Old 02-08-2019, 07:57 AM
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Pt Jude deep force jigs are killer on bluefin.
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Old 02-08-2019, 06:51 PM
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Curious to know what jig patterns are most successful in regards to retrieve. I’ve only hooked up with heavy metals when I’ve marked fish and landed it on their head. Not sure my technique mattered at that point.
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Old 02-09-2019, 04:28 AM
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Check out our website at the link below. Plenty of jigs to chose from butterflies, slow pitch, slow drop,speed jigs
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I have had good success with the colt snipers and butterfly jigs from 50-180gr. I connect my jig to my main line using Quick Rig Sea Bouy swivels. Its a swivel with a solid ring already welded to it, so all you have to do is have you jigs set up with the proper split rings if you want to change out. I like using these over attaching a split ring direct to a normal swivel because i feel having the larger solid ring as opposed to the size of the ring on a regular swivel allows the jig to work more. Again I can be completely wrong but it has worked well for us. The link will bring you to the swivels im talking about.

https://www.quickrig.com/?product=se...igging-swivels
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Old 02-11-2019, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by Lenbomb412 View Post
I have had good success with the colt snipers and butterfly jigs from 50-180gr. I connect my jig to my main line using Quick Rig Sea Bouy swivels. Its a swivel with a solid ring already welded to it, so all you have to do is have you jigs set up with the proper split rings if you want to change out. I like using these over attaching a split ring direct to a normal swivel because i feel having the larger solid ring as opposed to the size of the ring on a regular swivel allows the jig to work more. Again I can be completely wrong but it has worked well for us. The link will bring you to the swivels im talking about.

https://www.quickrig.com/?product=se...igging-swivels
Thanks for the info. What size do you normally get. I am going to place an order
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Swellhunter gave you a lot of good info above.

A good start is gathering a bunch of jigs with different profiles. I tend to like the soft plastic on jigheads, but have just as many fish on plain old Shimano butterfly jigs. Stingo’s in various sizes as already mentioned are good. I tip my hammered diamond jigs with soft plastic eels, trick I learned bass fishing that transitions offshore nicely.
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All the advice is appreciated. My other question would be what knots are best for leader to welded ring
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Thanks for the info. What size do you normally get. I am going to place an order

I have 100-300lb depends on what your doing....that link swellhunter sent you is top notch shit, i have read it probablly 10000 times last season alot of good info in there.
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Originally Posted by Striker Tackle View Post
Check out our website at the link below. Plenty of jigs to chose from butterflies, slow pitch, slow drop,speed jigs
We use a lot of the striker jigs and they’ve done very well for us and are economical vs some of the other options out there. Plus forum sponsor.
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