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Jigging setup preference

Old 11-06-2019, 01:08 PM
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Do you prefer conventional setups or spinning type setups for working a jig? Just curious on everyone's personal preference. I'm going to replace an old spinning rod and reel and wondering what everyone likes.
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:28 PM
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Inshore not much difference. Offshore conventional. Tougher, stronger, more durable.
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Old 11-06-2019, 02:32 PM
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i like em both - plus you'll get addicted to buying jigging gear

Spinning
Pros: i can jig faster usually and pump and wind more naturally
Cons: if i'm on a headboat, rail gets in the way, if the fish grabs the jig with the bail open, get ready to hold on

Conventional:
Pros: feel the jig bite on the drop, quicker release to drop the jig back down, better for slow pitch efforts
Cons: Line can stack on one side while jigging and retrieving
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Offshore I should have stated
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Spinning offshore.
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Spinning all the way
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I like conventional for a bunch of reasons but mainly because it's what I learned on... so I would say stick to whatever you're comfortable with.

If I were to build a new rig it would be a spiral-wrapped conventional.
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Bottom bouncing I use a conventional set up, but prefer a spinner for speed jigging. Conventional gear is generally lighter, but like said, you need to with what is comfortable for you!
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Originally I liked spinning reels more, but the last 2 years I have liked conventional reels better. I have several of both.
For a conventional reel, I prefer either a very short rod (Star Plasma, etc), and or an acid or spiral wrapped rod. Long conventional rods tend to want to twist around under heavy load reeling in a big fish.
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Old 11-07-2019, 05:42 AM
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Love my Saragosa 6000 reels with 7' medium heavy rods for jigging, loaded with 50# braid and 60#-80# leader. Light enough to use all day and strong enough for everything I catch (snapper, cobia, kings, occasional shark). A little light on drag, although I think the published numbers are conservative. Can always add a little hand drag if needed.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:02 AM
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Spinning. I prefer the larger Saragosas
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Spinning. I prefer the larger Saragosas

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The spinning gear feels more comfortable, but its a plus having both of them because if you get tired of jigging spinning, switch over to conventional
(also an excuse to buy more gear)

This past summer jigged bluefin like that and just switched over once I got tired of either or.
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Originally Posted by Birdmayne View Post
If I were to build a new rig it would be a spiral-wrapped conventional.
I agree...I have a pinnacle for speed jigging, and whateverelse I want to drop and a Jigging Master gangster for Slow Pitch. Both acid/spiral wrapped and both with conventional. SP I use a 2speed because the rod does not help with fighting the fish.

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Originally Posted by poonsniper View Post
The spinning gear feels more comfortable, but its a plus having both of them because if you get tired of jigging spinning, switch over to conventional
(also an excuse to buy more gear)

This past summer jigged bluefin like that and just switched over once I got tired of either or.
That's is a good way to look at it. Have one of each and when you have 2 guys jigging have them swap back and forth as they get worn down
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Conventional, control the drop easier, by maintaining pressure/contact on the line which will get your jig down quicker. Use the rail if you need to rest the rod butt/handle. Star drags are great for quickly engaging the drag. ('ll use both lever and star drags, but prefer the star drag)
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