Jigging is one of the most active fishing methods; vertical, speed, slow, micro and others, are all the names used to define this highly effective fishing technique. Jigging is not relaxing, it requires physical exertion and adapted equipment. People have been doing jigging for centuries and simply: it works. The combination of a weighted lure (jig) and erratic movements from the rod and reel are just deadly.
Jigging is a dynamic fishing style, which has been developing and renewing all over the world. More and more fishermen are trying to put their skills into practice through jigging. The Mexican Caribbean is no exception since in Riviera Maya we have the right conditions to be able to practice jigging successfully. Our spots to drop the jigs are very close to the seashore, so a few minutes navigating leaving the marina will be enough to find the jigging area.
Through jigging you can reach fishing areas that other techniques do not and place the jig where the fish are located. In Tortuga Expeditions we are experienced and our jigging guides know how to face important factors such as the current strength and the wind to maneuver the boat and reach the target fish. Fisherman’s skills makes the difference.
Jigging focuses on jerk movements designed to imitate a struggling baitfish or fleeing from a predator. On basic jigging technique, drop the jig all way down to reach the bottom and start moving the rod up and down, while retrieving line. We work jigging the water column between 250 and 450 feet deep, where predators lurk, then drop it down to restart the motion until the bite. The jigging action generated by this movement ascend the jig by jerk and twitch while giving an illusion of life that becomes irresistible for Amberjacks and Almaco Jacks mainly, Tunas, Wahoos, Groupers, Mackerels, Snappers… the list goes on.
Jigging rods are sensitive, often manufactured in high quality composite, made for heavy use and strong torsion resistance caused by the large bottom fish, but remaining flexible and light.
A jigging rod is normally shorter, need to have fast enough action to create an attractive underwater movements and more flexible (with a parabolic action), more resistant and provide a longer handle, allowing you to fish without getting tired.
Jigging rods are designed for conventional and spinning reels.
Jigging reels need to be small enough for you to last a day on the water working them hard, while being powerful enough for the species you’re targeting. Jigging reels are usually spooled with braided line because eliminates the stretch monofilament would give, giving the jig the correct action in the water; and have one thing in common: substantial drag, otherwise you´ll only fish once. The jigging reel drag adjustment will be adapted to the strength of the rod and the line.
Saltwater jigging lures (jigs) are made for vertical fishing in deeper part of the sea where other technics are less productive. Usually the bigger fishes stay near the bottom during daytime, only way to catch them, it’s presenting a lure directly to them.
Jigging lures are usually made with metal, hard bodied and weighted between 100 to 350 grams with one or two tied hooks. Jigging lures are designed to reach bottom quickly and lift with a less effort. These jigs are used for deeper fishes. They are usually streamlined, thinner, that provide less resistance in the current and require less power to manipulation.