An Introduction to Knife Jigging for Bluefin Tuna with West Coast Jiggerz

In this video, Sportboat Roundup host Tonie Bangos is joined by West Coast Jiggerz brothers and certified fish slayers, James and Mike Kikkawa, to go over some of the basics surrounding knife jigging for Bluefin Tuna in southern California and beyond. Striving to demonstrate how effective these styles of jigs can be in our fishery, they’ll be covering the proper rod and reel setups to use depending on the size of fish being targeted, and explain why these setups are needed to more effectively fish knife jigs both during the day and in the dark. Additionally, they discuss the different techniques used when jigging for Bluefin based on a variety of different conditions.

We want to thank Tonie and the West Coast Jiggerz crew for their insight and sharing this valuable knowledge with us. If you haven’t already, we definitely suggest trying out this technique the next time you’re out on the water, as knife jigging for bluefin tuna has proven to be extremely productive. If you’re interested in learning more about WCJ or purchasing some jigs, you can do that through their website here. Good luck and tight lines!

About West Coast Jiggerz

The past 7 years West Coast Jiggerz has been jigging in Southern California. We have had great success slow pitch jigging and speed jigging along the coast catching everything from rockfish, yellowtail, calico bass, seabass and tuna.We want to help and teach anglers the fundamentals of slow pitch and speed/vertical jigging. We strive to provide anglers great customer service and quality products.


Tonie Bangos currently works aboard the Grande and is a seasoned angler who brings us weekly updates that include reports, tips, and the most current information about what’s working in the SoCal Sportboat fishery.⁠ Having worked on fishing boats ranging from San Diego all the way to Alaska, Tonie is well versed and skilled in the fishing scene. She has quickly established herself as one of the most prominent female anglers in Southern California, and anyone who has been lucky enough to fish with her will confirm that she’s an excellent fisherwoman. Every week we look forward to hearing from Tonie, and are very fortunate to have her as a Pro-Contributor.


May 9, 2023 at 11:49 pm

Excellent tutorial…
Well done Toni

May 10, 2023 at 2:12 pm

Excellent info! Thanks Toni and West Coast Jiggerz!

Few questions: Can one use a two speed lever drag reel like a Avet HXJ Raptor? How much 80# line does one load? What is the length of the rods shown? Are the Phenix blanks similar to the UC CXJ series?

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