yes the jig head can twist your line moving up and down unless you use a three way swivel. I use the largest curved worm hook i can fine it help to fish the gulps/swim baits weedless so the exposed hook does not grab the rocks belowSo then when dropper looping with grubs and swimbaits do you just go regular hook and no jig head?
I'd go bigger then that.I use A 5/0 VMC, or A 7/0 Mustad Side wash hook,
Great info!I have a place in San Quintin for over 20 years. We knock the shit out of Ling Cod. If you want a big one get a chrome Diamond jig, about 12-16 oz and pin a live mackerel on one of the trebles. Use spectra and drop it down slowly so the mack doesn't come off. When you reach the bottom, you should feel the mack thumping on the line. Reel up 5 to 10 ft and keep the rod tip high, in gear. When you get the bite, drop the rod tip and when it comes tight, wind down and set the hook and start reeling fast as they will try to power back to the rocks. Lings definitely like to live in groups. When you finally get bit, mark the spot and keep going back over it until you get the one you want. They release very easily. This setup will generally get you nothing smaller than 9 lbs, most about 12-17. We have got fish to over 30 lbs down there on this rig. It is like a deep drop "hamburgesa" rig. They use the same technique for WSB down there, only useing about a 4-6 oz crockidile and slow troll with a mac on it in shallow water (15 to 90 ft). Pretty deadly down there july -sept
Like tossing a leadhead and a big tail, hit the bottom and real up real fast.Pipe jigs or 16-20 ounce Crippled Herring.
The big Crippled Herring have been discontinued for some time but the O-Bait Halibut Hammer is a direct copy and readily available. The wilder your jigging is, the better it works.
A favorite trick is to jig it 10-12 times as soon as you hit bottom and give it about 10 fast cranks to about 30’ up off the bottom. As soon as you hit 10 cranks, immediately disengage the reel and let it fall 6-8’. They’ll smash it.
Not many small lings with this method.
Exactly. The key is the dropback, as the ling is chasing the escaping lure, it's suddenly falling towards him and he realizes he can catch it. Boom.Like tossing a leadhead and a big tail, hit the bottom and real up real fast.