I want to get into jigging

InDeepShip

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I'm looking for a light set up to jig I'm not planning on going for tuna but mostly yellowtail and rockfish. I would like to use those thin rods and tiny reels but I have no idea where to start with the set ups. I think it's called slow pitch jigging

What would you guys recommend for a starter rod and reel and a selection of lures?
 

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How deep are you fishing, what's the current like and what is your budget?
 

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United composites makes a great 9 foot rod thats lite 20 : 50 pound add a saltiga 30 and you'll be happy or a penn Fathom reel works great
 

kenstevens1

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Blackhole is a popular player in this segment. Also saw major craft at fred hall last year (little more budget minded maybe]. As far as jigs go..... think there are a couple thousand makers out there
 
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I'm looking for a light set up to jig I'm not planning on going for tuna but mostly yellowtail and rockfish. I would like to use those thin rods and tiny reels but I have no idea where to start with the set ups. I think it's called slow pitch jigging

What would you guys recommend for a starter rod and reel and a selection of lures?
If you "have no idea where to start with the set ups", my suggestion to you would be to listen to someone that has done it for an extended period of time and has used some of the rods and reels used for this type of fishing. I.E. benwah22.

Another source is a site that does a lot of vertical jigging and slow pitch jigging. I.E. 360tuna.
https://www.360tuna.com/threads/slow-jigging-and-light-jigging-thread.42929/

Also you really need to provide additional information as to how deep you will be fishing, which dictates the rod weight, lure size, and reel size. And, of course, your budget. Do you want to buy a $1000.00 rod or stick with a $200 rod?
 

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If you are in Ventura, go see Eric at his shop. Look at used gear to start, helps the budget. Don't forget to practice before you go, get some different weighted sinkers and a spray bottle with water and hit the Rincon. The spray bottle is to keep the line wet. Good Luck!
 

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I'm looking for a light set up to jig I'm not planning on going for tuna but mostly yellowtail and rockfish. I would like to use those thin rods and tiny reels but I have no idea where to start with the set ups. I think it's called slow pitch jigging

What would you guys recommend for a starter rod and reel and a selection of lures?

InDeepShit,

What gear did u end up deciding on? I too am very interested in this kind of fishing and have been reading, researching, and watching all kinds of videos about it. Definitely technical and finese fishing. Between BD and 360tuna forums, Benwah22 seems like the guy to talk to as i see he has very good info and very helpful.

I am new to SPJ and would love to figure out what you end up with. Here in Oahu, i jig the fads using Shimano butterfly jigs and other flat falls up to 300ft targeting small YFT and other types of tuna. Sometimes i come close to shore up to 200 ft deep for bottom fish. I use 400g rod from Pinnacle Marine outfitter and BG6500 reel. Not the same finese as SPJ but My problem is the drift, current, big waves close to shore, and mostly wind. Pushes my boat around and i am not vertical at almost all times. I seen few tackle stores here carrying Major Craft Solpara SP and crostage SP and Giant Killing rods but i’m not sure which is good for the type of conditions i have here.

Someday, i’ll figure this out. Any one use other reels other than Ocea Jigger or Accurate's?
 

InDeepShip

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InDeepShit,

What gear did u end up deciding on? I too am very interested in this kind of fishing and have been reading, researching, and watching all kinds of videos about it. Definitely technical and finese fishing. Between BD and 360tuna forums, Benwah22 seems like the guy to talk to as i see he has very good info and very helpful.

I am new to SPJ and would love to figure out what you end up with. Here in Oahu, i jig the fads using Shimano butterfly jigs and other flat falls up to 300ft targeting small YFT and other types of tuna. Sometimes i come close to shore up to 200 ft deep for bottom fish. I use 400g rod from Pinnacle Marine outfitter and BG6500 reel. Not the same finese as SPJ but My problem is the drift, current, big waves close to shore, and mostly wind. Pushes my boat around and i am not vertical at almost all times. I seen few tackle stores here carrying Major Craft Solpara SP and crostage SP and Giant Killing rods but i’m not sure which is good for the type of conditions i have here.

Someday, i’ll figure this out. Any one use other reels other than Ocea Jigger or Accurate's?
I haven't pull the trigger on anything yet but I'm thinking about a Accurate Valiant 400 or 300 and idk about the rod yet
 

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I've used every reel you could consider for slow pitch. Before I was on Accurate's pro team, I chose to purchase them, so that should tell you my thoughts on the reels. If I was picking one, I would choose the valiant 500n for it's versativity and power. Feel free to ask any questions you have about reels and I'll answer based on actual use.
 
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I use a Valiant 300 w/300yds of 50# Maxcuatro.
 

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I haven't pull the trigger on anything yet but I'm thinking about a Accurate Valiant 400 or 300 and idk about the rod yet
First off, I apologize for mispelling your screen name. And thanks for the reply. I will be looking at those two reels and the one Benwah22 mentioned once i get to Mainland in couple weeks. Thanks again.

I've used every reel you could consider for slow pitch. Before I was on Accurate's pro team, I chose to purchase them, so that should tell you my thoughts on the reels. If I was picking one, I would choose the valiant 500n for it's versativity and power. Feel free to ask any questions you have about reels and I'll answer based on actual use.
Sir, have you experienced not too calm weather jigging and did you have to change your techniques due to drift and such. We have trade winds almost everyday in the 10-20s and seas on fishable days no less than 3ft. At least for windward side of Oahu, its usually blowing around 15 with 3 ft wind waves and 6 ft rollers. This time of the year even worse. With the deep hawaiian waters and weather conditions, is BV-500n a better choice? Two speed or single?

Im planning to use 30# J-braid metered as someone here said they break around 40#. I think it will help also with scope and slack of thin line.
 

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First off, I apologize for mispelling your screen name. And thanks for the reply. I will be looking at those two reels and the one Benwah22 mentioned once i get to Mainland in couple weeks. Thanks again.



Sir, have you experienced not too calm weather jigging and did you have to change your techniques due to drift and such. We have trade winds almost everyday in the 10-20s and seas on fishable days no less than 3ft. At least for windward side of Oahu, its usually blowing around 15 with 3 ft wind waves and 6 ft rollers. This time of the year even worse. With the deep hawaiian waters and weather conditions, is BV-500n a better choice? Two speed or single?

Im planning to use 30# J-braid metered as someone here said they break around 40#. I think it will help also with scope and slack of thin line.
Na its all good Its a playoff how you spelled it.
 

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First off, I apologize for mispelling your screen name. And thanks for the reply. I will be looking at those two reels and the one Benwah22 mentioned once i get to Mainland in couple weeks. Thanks again.



Sir, have you experienced not too calm weather jigging and did you have to change your techniques due to drift and such. We have trade winds almost everyday in the 10-20s and seas on fishable days no less than 3ft. At least for windward side of Oahu, its usually blowing around 15 with 3 ft wind waves and 6 ft rollers. This time of the year even worse. With the deep hawaiian waters and weather conditions, is BV-500n a better choice? Two speed or single?

Im planning to use 30# J-braid metered as someone here said they break around 40#. I think it will help also with scope and slack of thin line.
The BV 500n is what I would recommend. It will hold about 530 yards of 30lb jbraid, which always you to fish up to about 800ft on the bottom, but it's so light that you can also comfortably fish it in shallower water.

I generally would cast up current/drift so that as the jig falls you will wind up more vertical . It may require reeling up and resetting often, but such is the game
 

InDeepShip

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The BV 500n is what I would recommend. It will hold about 530 yards of 30lb jbraid, which always you to fish up to about 800ft on the bottom, but it's so light that you can also comfortably fish it in shallower water.

I generally would cast up current/drift so that as the jig falls you will wind up more vertical . It may require reeling up and resetting often, but such is the game
Does accurate make a jigging rod to use with it.
 

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Accurate does. They have two models. I personally have not fished them but handled them several times.

I fish Temple Reef Levitate and Gravitate rods. This shot is from this morning using a Gravitate G2 in 200ft off Fort Lauderdale, FL:

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Yo Adam,

Come on by Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys. We have a complete selection of Blackhole Jigging and Popping rods you can play with... I am usually there on Saturdays to go over with you your options and perhaps give you some tips. You are more than welcome to PM me if you are interested.. We also have a complete selection of reels so you can mix and match. Let me know.

Jamie
 
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Yo Adam,

Come on by Bob Sands Tackle in Van Nuys. We have a complete selection of Blackhole Jigging and Popping rods you can play with... I am usually there on Saturdays to go over with you your options and perhaps give you some tips. You are more than welcome to PM me if you are interested.. We also have a complete selection of reels so you can mix and match. Let me know.

Jamie
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InDeepShit,

What gear did u end up deciding on? I too am very interested in this kind of fishing and have been reading, researching, and watching all kinds of videos about it. Definitely technical and finese fishing. Between BD and 360tuna forums, Benwah22 seems like the guy to talk to as i see he has very good info and very helpful.

I am new to SPJ and would love to figure out what you end up with. Here in Oahu, i jig the fads using Shimano butterfly jigs and other flat falls up to 300ft targeting small YFT and other types of tuna. Sometimes i come close to shore up to 200 ft deep for bottom fish. I use 400g rod from Pinnacle Marine outfitter and BG6500 reel. Not the same finese as SPJ but My problem is the drift, current, big waves close to shore, and mostly wind. Pushes my boat around and i am not vertical at almost all times. I seen few tackle stores here carrying Major Craft Solpara SP and crostage SP and Giant Killing rods but i’m not sure which is good for the type of conditions i have here.

Someday, i’ll figure this out. Any one use other reels other than Ocea Jigger or Accurate's?
I use Seigler LGN & Seigler SGN mounted on Maxel Platinum Slow Pitch Rod & Tsunami Trophy Slow Pitch Rod as my starter set-ups on this type of slow pitch jigging. Bestbang for the buck esp if you are learning the curve...they may not be the finesse tool but works for me for now.
 
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