Tips and Techniques
Prior to our fishing charter watch a few vertical Jigging YouTube videos. Practice the techniques in your living room with any rod or reel prior to your fishing charter. You will be glad you practiced, below a few tips and tricks for fisherman who are new to vertical jigging want to learn more.
Wreck fishing can provide non-stop action. When we arrive at a wreck we first determine which way our drift will carry us across the wreck and calculate our drift speed. After calculating the drift, we start 50-100 yards ahead of the wreck. We will either use a frisky live bait to entice the monster fish that live on the wrecks or use a vertical jig. Once we hit a point of reference I let the angler drop a live bait or vertical jig.
The angler will let the jig stay on the bottom for a few seconds, bounce it off the bottom 3-4 times that will give the fish a chance to investigate and at times the fish will pick it up and eat the jig.
If the angler does not draw a strike he will then lift the jig 5-10 ft. then repeat the process. The jig bouncing off the seafloor creates vibratory sounds and “clouds” of sediment/sand, this action draw the attention of big fish from hundreds of yards of way.
We recommend the FG knot for tying Braid to the Mono/Flouro Leader Material.
If the bottom dwelling fish do not cooperate the angler starts working the jig higher up into the water column. Lifting the jig 30-50 ft. then dropping it back down. Big Amberjacks roam this area. If the angler does not hook up he must either increase or decrease the jigging speed. Think like a spear diver when it comes to jigging the bottom around wrecks. Spear divers brush the bottom of the ocean surface with their hands generating clouds of sediment and religiously use underwater lights and flashers to attract fish such as grouper, wahoo, snapper and cobia into their kill zone.
Vertical Jigging can be extremely exciting, but it is takes a lot of work and practice to get the technique correct. The angler must be in good shape when it comes to vertical jigging as it requires a lot of stamina and cardio. Once you feel a fish strike a jig from 300ft down, I can almost guarantee that no matter how tired you are, you will be running on pure fishing Adrenaline!