Luke, is there a reason the 9/0 Jobu isn't on a swivel?[QUOTE="Luke, ...could the noise mean more than the glow???
Sorry but the glow discussion is beyond me.........
Why didn't you use a grommet at the jig? Is the thought that the spring chafe protector offers better protection from teeth than a grommet?
I think you are on to something with the noise factor... how many man hours spent running this jig to catch the 9 BFT?[/QUOTE]
The reason for no swivel on the Jobu was 1) did not see a need, and 2) keep the the rigging simple. So far there has not been an incident where the lack of a swivel made a difference. In fact having that big hook stationary might actual secure the other hooks better when they penetrate. I have no idea if that statement is accurate or not. Net/net.....not necessary.
I prefer the SS spring over the grommet on the jig for better bite resistance. Maybe is a toss up but so far the SS spring has been 100%.
I also like the old school commercial style ring/grommet on the top of the FC leader. The grommet adds an angle that helps prevent damaging the FC when crimping.
Now to the hours.......that will take some effort to figure out. All fish were caught in the dark or very early grey and some trips were a blank not only for the jig but also the boat. Here are the trips where the jig produced: 1 1/2 day, 2 day, 2 day, 1 1/2 day, 2 day and 2 day. This was over the last two seasons. There were also a couple more trips where we missed. I just do not have the ability to estimate the man-hours.
Lastly, we mark our spectra so when fishing the jig was in the zone the vast majority of the time. This is critical for success.