BLUEFIN JIG SET UP

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I am going on a 10 day trip this Fall. I would imagine that if the Bluefin are still biting, we may ( I really don't want to) make a stop for a day or two to fish Bluefin. I want to be prepared if we do, so how are you setting up your knife jigs to fish for Bluefin at night and during the day? I have knife jigs from 300-500 gr. and some 250gr. flatfalls. I am taking off the stock hooks and split rings and replacing then with owner hyper wire split rings sizes 8-10. I have also purchase some name brand assist hooks. My question is what size hooks should I be using on the jigs and I am planning to put a single hook on the rear of the jig. Any recommendations and Pictures would sure help me to do the set ups.
 
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I am going on a 10 day trip this Fall. I would imagine that if the Bluefin are still biting, we may ( I really don't want to) make a stop for a day or two to fish Bluefin. I want to be prepared if we do, so how are you setting up your knife jigs to fish for Bluefin at night and during the day? I have knife jigs from 300-500 gr. and some 250gr. flatfalls. I am taking off the stock hooks and split rings and replacing then with owner hyper wire split rings sizes 8-10. I have also purchase some name brand assist hooks. My question is what size hooks should I be using on the jigs and I am planning to put a single hook on the rear of the jig. Any recommendations and Pictures would sure help me to do the set ups.
 
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Fyermn,read the 2 threads:1-Chafing tubing vs.springs on leaders.
2-What to bring 1.5 day Ocaen Odeyssey june23.
Outstanding info on both. Both are recent threads.
The jig rig in my post on the chafing thread has a 5/0 Owner 66 treble at the bottom and a Mustad 7/0 Jigging Assist hook at the top. The split ring on the Quick Rig Sea Bouy 300 lb.. swivel is an Owner Hyperwire size 9 split ring. Actually I usually use that split ring if there are no hooks on the jig itself. Since there is a hook on the bottom I will probably change it to an Owner Ultra split ring size 9.
On the top I most often so far use Owner Monster assist hooks in either 7/0 or 9/0 standard length. They come in short length as well. You want your assist hook to be about 1/3 the length of the jig. As for the hook size for tuna 7/0 or 9/0 works. All of this comes with the caveat that I am a beginning tuna jigger.😁
 
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I am on the trip before you and the one after yours.

Stan Vanderburg- LIMITED-LOAD
11 Day .... 10-31-2022... Fri. 11-11-2022
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THANKSGIVING CLASSIC, BOB SAND'S TACKLE-OPEN
11 Day.... 11-25-2022.... 12-6-2022
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Don't really get into Bluefin on these longer trips. Wahoo-Tuna and Yellowtail. But you never know. I pack my bluefin stuff but keep it upstairs as a last resort.
 
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    Just bring your stuff and rig it on the boat. You can always google "BFT San Diego Rigging and select video and at least 10 You Tube videos will appear.
     
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    fyermn

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    I am on the trip before you and the one after yours.

    Stan Vanderburg- LIMITED-LOAD
    11 Day .... 10-31-2022... Fri. 11-11-2022
    ..................................................................................
    THANKSGIVING CLASSIC, BOB SAND'S TACKLE-OPEN
    11 Day.... 11-25-2022.... 12-6-2022
    ...................................................................................................................
    Don't really get into Bluefin on these longer trips. Wahoo-Tuna and Yellowtail. But you never know. I pack my bluefin stuff but keep it upstairs as a last resort.
    Soda; I have the time, just not the money. I will see you at both ends of my trip. Have a great time as I know you always do.
     
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    Scott McPherson

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    I am going on a 10 day trip this Fall. I would imagine that if the Bluefin are still biting, we may ( I really don't want to) make a stop for a day or two to fish Bluefin. I want to be prepared if we do, so how are you setting up your knife jigs to fish for Bluefin at night and during the day? I have knife jigs from 300-500 gr. and some 250gr. flatfalls. I am taking off the stock hooks and split rings and replacing then with owner hyper wire split rings sizes 8-10. I have also purchase some name brand assist hooks. My question is what size hooks should I be using on the jigs and I am planning to put a single hook on the rear of the jig. Any recommendations and Pictures would sure help me to do the set ups.
    Picture is how I rig for night. During the day I direct tie 80-100lb flouro to the jig. Make the daytime more sano. Hooks are jig size dependent. I’d say 5/0 to 9/0 again size and night or day. On some jigs I put a 5x treble on the lower in place of the single.
    Regards
    Scott

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    Russ Scholl

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    Picture is how I rig for night. During the day I direct tie 80-100lb flouro to the jig. Make the daytime more sano. Hooks are jig size dependent. I’d say 5/0 to 9/0 again size and night or day. On some jigs I put a 5x treble on the lower in place of the single.
    Regards
    Scott

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    Rubberhook2

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    I am a fan of the 5/0 4X or 5X treble hooks on the bottom.

    300lb bite leaders and assist hooks at night.

    During daylight no 300lb bite leader, 100lb flouro instead with no assist hooks. Touchier jig bite during daylight compared to night.

    Recent 3 day trip accounted for 4 100lb BFT at night on the pictured 300 GR Rip Roller and each of the three jigs below accounted for 100 pound BFT during the day...

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    The mustad 7/0 assist hooks have the same gap and wire as most 11/0 hooks ( I just measured it this week). They are hard to find though. Those have been the most popular and is in most of the pictures above.
     
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    Scott McPherson

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    The mustad 7/0 assist hooks have the same gap and wire as most 11/0 hooks ( I just measured it this week). They are hard to find though. Those have been the most popular and is in most of the pictures above.
    Try Sam at Island Tackle.
    Regards
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    Rubberhook2

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    When I use a single hook on the bottom I go with Owner Offshore J hooks in 10/0 with an offset point. Thick wire on those hooks making using a split ring difficult. Better at times to use a welded ring instead.

    In terms of assist hooks, the Mustad versions are by far the best option so spend the extra dollar. Last trip I saw two different types of assist hooks straighten out that were not the Mustad assist hooks...

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    AlwaysHookedUp

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    Picture is how I rig for night. During the day I direct tie 80-100lb flouro to the jig. Make the daytime more sano. Hooks are jig size dependent. I’d say 5/0 to 9/0 again size and night or day. On some jigs I put a 5x treble on the lower in place of the single.
    Regards
    Scott

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    Curious why you crimp on to split ring instead of solid ring attached to hook.
     
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    Scott McPherson

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    Curious why you crimp on to split ring instead of solid ring attached to hook.
    It allows me to change both jig and or hook to different sizes and styles without a complete rerig. Bigger jig different color hook mangled after a fish etc. that ring is also a part of the hook it has a oblong shape not circular. I think that the load on the crimp part of the line is less even with a split ring. Zero failures this far up to a super. I feel confident in this and alows me to adjust to changing conditions really quick.
    Regards
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    Scott,

    Owner #9 solid ring (900 lb) to 300 lb Pitbull split ring and Mustad assist hook to solid ring. This rig let's me change out my jig in seconds (have way too many with and without hooks on the bottom). This one time use of this Mustad Moonriser only had the hook on the top and no issue here on this 175 lb'er. And I like a big treble on the bottom as well in most applications. Shogun 3 day in early May

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    SteveD

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    and no crimping or guards for me, just 3 or 4 turn SD knot with 200 lb pink Seaguar fluoro AND heavy BALL BEARING swivel at the top of my bite leader...no barrel swivels for me for numerous reasons
     
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    Scott McPherson

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    I saw that one. Nice job. Are you sure you didn’t back over that jig with a truck?
    Sounds like we are pretty close to same rigging.
    Regards
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    SteveD

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    mustad jigs are super soft but not sure how it bent like that…maybe the gaff. Jig was new and first drop after losing another big one on my previous drop as that fish went shallow straight under the boat and sawed my brand new $50 Sea Falcon Deep Neo 320 off
     
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    Scott McPherson

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    mustad jigs are super soft but not sure how it bent like that…maybe the gaff. Jig was new and first drop after losing another big one on my previous drop as that fish went shallow straight under the boat and sawed my brand new $50 Sea Falcon Deep Neo 320 off
    Sounds like you and I had a similar trip. Got a good one and lost one that freighttrained under the boat. Fun stuff man.
    Scott
     
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    I am a fan of the 5/0 4X or 5X treble hooks on the bottom.

    300lb bite leaders and assist hooks at night.

    During daylight no 300lb bite leader, 100lb flouro instead with no assist hooks. Touchier jig bite during daylight compared to night.

    Recent 3 day trip accounted for 4 100lb BFT at night on the pictured 300 GR Rip Roller and each of the three jigs below accounted for 100 pound BFT during the day...

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    Which split ring pliers are you using?
     
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