Recent successful bluefin jigs

tunanorth

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These jigs caught bluefin for me last weekend during a 2.5 dayer aboard the Searcher.
All factory hooks and rings have been upgraded.
Top to bottom:
Williamson Kensaki 170gr.
Williamson Kensaki 120gr.
Williamson Gomame 100gr.
Williamson Kensaki 280gr.

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tunakillerjoe1

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    Question-why have a snap ring on the bottom hook? Why not just have it directly on the jig? I assume the cord will swivel?
     
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    tunakillerjoe1

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    Same with the top hook, why not have the hook on the line and chafe guard, the snap ring on the jig? just wondering...looks like your setup sure worked! Thanks for the intel!
     
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    tunanorth

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    To what???



    All split rings are Owner Hyper-wire sizes #7 to #10.
    Solid rings are Owner "Round" welded rings size #6 or #7.
    Trebles are Owner ST-66 size 1/0 to 3/0.
    Corded hooks are Mustad size 5/0 to 9/0 with metal rings.
     
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    tunanorth

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    Question-why have a snap ring on the bottom hook? Why not just have it directly on the jig? I assume the cord will swivel?


    I am in the midst of an experimental period; split rings allow quick changes on the fly if necessary, or simply arbitrary changes of my mind.
    Getting into a "wide open" bite does not happen that often, so I took advantage of it; as soon as I had success with one jig or hook style, I got rid of it and tried another.
    There were definitely jigs that did not work [not shown!]
    Owner Hyper-Wire rings have proven themselves fully capable, but if you have any doubts, the Owner "Ultra-Wire" are even stronger, but do require an upgraded pair of split ring pliers to install them.
    Also, Owner ST-66 trebles are not that same as standard trebles, though there are a handful of other brands that also come in the same 6X heavy wire.
    I have not had too much success with the brutally strong Owner ST-76 trebles on jigs, it may be that they are so heavy that they adversely affect the lure's action.
     
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    goldfinger81

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    All split rings are Owner Hyper-wire sizes #7 to #10.
    Solid rings are Owner "Round" welded rings size #6 or #7.
    Trebles are Owner ST-66 size 1/0 to 3/0.
    Corded hooks are Mustad size 5/0 to 9/0 with metal rings.
    Have you ever had the #7 hyper wire rings fail or get stretched? I replaced all mine w #6 and questioning whether it’s much of an upgrade.
     
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    tunanorth

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    Have you ever had the #7 hyper wire rings fail or get stretched? I replaced all mine w #6 and questioning whether it’s much of an upgrade.



    I only use the #7's [80 pound rated] with 40-pound tackle with the Gomame jigs, so there has never been an issue.
    The #8's are 120 pound rated, and the #10's are 220 pound rated, so I prefer the biggest ones that can still rotate freely in the jig/hook loop.
     
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    James Taylor

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    These jigs caught bluefin for me last weekend during a 2.5 dayer aboard the Searcher.
    All factory hooks and rings have been upgraded.
    Top to bottom:
    Williamson Kensaki 170gr.
    Williamson Kensaki 120gr.
    Williamson Gomame 100gr.
    Williamson Kensaki 280gr.

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    How are you working the kensaki jigs through the water column? Did they get bit on the fall or retrieve?
     
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    tunanorth

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    How are you working the kensaki jigs through the water column? Did they get bit on the fall or retrieve?


    They got bites on both the sink and on the fast retrieve. About 50/50.
     
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    tunanorth

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    best colors? just the ones pictured or are there others?



    Those are the ones that worked for me, plus [as noted] I saw a couple of anglers do well on "Creamsicle".
     
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