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Old 06-08-2019, 01:38 PM
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Any thoughts on bottom fishing with jigging rods? Or anyone have much experience with it?
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Old 06-08-2019, 01:48 PM
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I use my trevala on the bottom. I have a light one with a stradic 5000 and medium with an 8000.

Theyre light and sensitive.
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Old 06-08-2019, 02:58 PM
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In my opinion they are ideal for bottom fishing in 200 feet of water or less and water with light currents that require 8 ounces of weight or less. I fish the eastern Gulf of Mexico, and all of my bottom fishing gear are trevala jigging rods. Love em
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For me it's the way to go. I got a jx raptor on a pinnacle marine jigging rod and it gets the job done. Beats thiose old solid glass broom sticks with 4/0 reels mainly because they're so much lighter. I've drug up a 300 lb shark from 110' with mine.
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I've used them for 9 or 10 years now. Light & powerful but they will break if you high stick them. Try not to lift the rod above 10 o'clock. Just last week I winched up an 8ft. nurse shark while fishing for gags on a 6'6" medium Trevala.
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Old 06-08-2019, 04:54 PM
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Been use jigging rods for bottom fishing for 7 years and no issues
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Old 06-08-2019, 05:20 PM
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All I use
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Old 06-08-2019, 09:18 PM
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All I use for my Bottom setups are Jigging rods, 6’3” 50-100 rating with 30lb braid for my light/mangrove/chicken rigs. 5’10” 80-130 with 50lb braid for my medium/mutton setups and 5’8” with 80lb braid for heavy/grouper/big live bait setups.

The lightweight, parabolic action helps you a lot puting pressure on the fish and giving you maximum leverage.
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Old 06-09-2019, 07:33 AM
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Circle hooks are required where I fish so Jigging rods are a no brainer for for most of my bottom fishing. Wind and grind makes it easier on my old back. Fishing on a party boat I use longer rods because of the height above the water to help keep the line off the hull
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Old 06-09-2019, 09:28 AM
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Any thoughts on bottom fishing with jigging rods? Or anyone have much experience with it?
yes thats all we use. Jigging rods work for all types of fishing trolling, bottom, casting, and of course jigging.
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Old 06-09-2019, 02:37 PM
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Same here , I bought a set of 4.
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Old 06-09-2019, 03:24 PM
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I am another big Trevala and Terez rod fan....and lightweight star drag conventional reels.

I can fish most any reels, but really like the new Torium PG. One thing to watch using the high speed reels is when you get the first hit, moving that handle can be tough. Having a little lower gear really helps. That Torium is 4.6:1 compared to the usual 6.2-6.4:1 of the higher speed reels..

Pic of my goliath that I snatched off a rock pile in 120' with a Trevala 80-200 XH and a modified Torium 16. I have similar rigs using 50-80 H for targeting snapper.



We are not getting any younger and my wife loves to fish. Her rig is lightweight and lets her fish all day and not feel worn out like the old days when it was Penn 4/0's and thick/heavy boat rods....
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Just my opinion, but personally the idea that one needs a special rod for every single circumstance just seems a little ridiculous. If you want to bottom fish with a "jigging" rod, then go for it. It's not like you aren't going to catch fish with it. I have a Penn Spinfisher V 6500LL with 55lb braid on it matched with a St Croix Legend 8' surf rod. I've caught bull reds on chunk bait with it, I've caught sharks up to 6'+ free-lining pogies or bottom fishing huge chunks of Bonita with it, I've caught Tarpon slinging topwater plugs with it, I've caught some pretty good size grouper bottom fishing with it, and I've caught kings trolling with it. As long as it can handle the strain (and sometimes even if you think it can't but it does) then just go fish, dude.
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Old 06-09-2019, 05:43 PM
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Yep, I use the Ugly Stik Tiger Lites for bottom fishing. Guests just can't break them and they will catch just about any fish that you want to pull in the boat.
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I have in the ballpark of a dozen or 15 higher end jigging rods.
jigging master, synit,black hole, etc.. I rarely jig with any of them. They are however, very good in several other applications,including bottom fishing.
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I like using my Torium/Travala setups for grouper when fishing open bottom. But when I need to be right over rockpiles, which you must do most of the time during summer around here, the short rod length and parabolic action will get you rocked up or cut off. That's where an old school 8' grouper rod with a stiffer action is far better. You need to get the fish high off the rocks with the first lift and a jigging rod just won't let you do that.
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Old 06-11-2019, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by scallen2112 View Post
Just my opinion, but personally the idea that one needs a special rod for every single circumstance just seems a little ridiculous. If you want to bottom fish with a "jigging" rod, then go for it. It's not like you aren't going to catch fish with it. I have a Penn Spinfisher V 6500LL with 55lb braid on it matched with a St Croix Legend 8' surf rod. I've caught bull reds on chunk bait with it, I've caught sharks up to 6'+ free-lining pogies or bottom fishing huge chunks of Bonita with it, I've caught Tarpon slinging topwater plugs with it, I've caught some pretty good size grouper bottom fishing with it, and I've caught kings trolling with it. As long as it can handle the strain (and sometimes even if you think it can't but it does) then just go fish, dude.
How deep are you tlking? I bottom fish from 135 to 400 ft in the Gulf of Maine and to 1200' ft in the NE canyons. Sure you could use a spinning setup like that but for 300 - 400 or even less if you go used you can get a conventional reel with a 4.0 ratio and an 8 ft XH ugly stick. Much more comfortable reeling 1-4 lbs of lead and fish
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Originally Posted by ports2016 View Post
How deep are you tlking? I bottom fish from 135 to 400 ft in the Gulf of Maine and to 1200' ft in the NE canyons. Sure you could use a spinning setup like that but for 300 - 400 or even less if you go used you can get a conventional reel with a 4.0 ratio and an 8 ft XH ugly stick. Much more comfortable reeling 1-4 lbs of lead and fish
Usually under 200-250. But that's not really my point, and I'm not saying I only have one rod or that anyone should use a spinning rig. I'm saying I personally find it a little ridiculous when people think they have to have a specialty rod for every little switch. Yes, casting plugs at Tarpon, deep dropping 1400 ft for Swordfish, and jigging creek mouths for flounder are wildly different applications that require different equipment. But I've known bass fishermen that think they have to have a special rod for texas rigging a rubber worm and a special rod for jigging a rubber worm, when any med-hvy fast action will really do. Sure, if that's your thing, go for it - but it's really not necessary.
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:21 AM
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My go to Bahamas combo is a big diawa BG spinner on a jigging rod. I keep it rigged as a pitch rod on the crossing, use it bottom fishing from 30-200' and if we stumble on yellowfins it can handle it...…. Helps to cut down on the number of rods we bring over (the boat still ends up looking like a porcupine)
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Old 06-14-2019, 05:36 AM
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All I use is jigging rods on my conventional bottom reels. I've used trevallas, offshore angler's version of trevalla, ugly stick tiger lite jigging...… but now the only ones I use are star aerial jigging rods.
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