I know this gets very expensive but im trying to find something that is at least reasonably priced. I dont tuna fish very often, but im really starting to get into it! Any suggestions? thanks!
There is a thread on 360Tuna by Gman called Intro to Jigging that you can search for that is very helpful on all the aspects of jigging.
Read everything you can from Kilsong. He is one of the masters of this sport.
I'm hooked for sure!
I'm very appreciative of having Kil post over here too. I'd like to learn so much more, although I fear that the best way is to watch the guy fish - I'm one of those "monkey see, monkey do" kind of dummies.
Maybe some more instructional video links would help with some tips, lacking a special offshore trip with masters like Kilsong.
As to gear, we've been offshore on party boat and were hauling up AJ up to 80 pounds on those old-fashioned fiberglass broomsticks with a rusty Penn Senator and the star drag hammered over tight as can be. Now that's a cheap, used rig.
What the deal is, you can spend up to a grand or more on a custom pole and reel and you can last longer in the saddle, plain and simple. It's s-m-o-o-t-h and less tiresome. But it doesn't have to be a rich man's sport. You can get by with a cheaper Calstar rod and an OK reel just fine. And folks, if I busted a custom combo out yonder and only had a broomstick and a nasty old reel, and wasn't dead broke tired, I'd grab that old unit in a heartbeat!
It's the sporty thing to do...
I like other fishermen do what you did. I always insist to start with what you have and have fun with jigging. Eventually you figure out what you want. Trial and error is the best sure way to learn. I see some try to memorize and buy everything what some suggest on the internet. But I feel it is not the best way to learn jgging and popping. Instead of becoming tackle ho, spend as much time as you can on the water.When I into this modernize japaneese verticle jiggin craze back in 06, it was because of two lures I bought at buckee's because of me watching a youtube jiggin video of some japaneese jiggin icon fella catching a dogtooth tuna...
I had no "jiggin rod/reel", but I had a penn 320 filled with 50# braid I used for catching slimers on a drift line out the back of the boat. And I had just gone to FTU and bought one of their expensive $12.50 repaired penn broom stick repaired rods.
This is one of those two jigs...It had it I would feel safe to say 25 amberjack to its credit before being donated to the deep. It now lays in rest at the snoopy wreck.
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That no nothing rod, and that cheap pawn shop bought reel, have now cost me a small country fortune :biggrin: It dont take big dollar setups to catch'm.. but it helps....hahaha
But, Ive never looked back... I love Jiggin verticle jigs... Its so addicting....:rybka: