Spunky is on fire at 230m depth
Here’s Laurent at the deep sea in St. Martin. Spunky 180g in 230m deep! What an intuitive choice! You are sea-anchoring, right?
Rod Evergreen Poseidon Slow Jerker 603-3 and 603-6
Reel Shimano Ocea Jigger 2000NR-HG
Line Shimano Ocea EX8 PE1.5
Leader Seaguar FXR fluoro #10
Jigs Seafloor Control Spunky 180g, Gawky 260g, Cranky 230g and others
Location St. Martin, the Caribbean
I went jigging yesterday in deep waters (230 m) and since the conditions were very good I took out my Slow Jerker 603-6 and my old buddy, Spunky 180g glow.
I was out of good hook set up, so I used what ever I had.
After adjusting the free spool on my OJ2000HG, the spunky 180g was going down fast and I got to reach the bottom with no problems, that is when the small tunas let me…
When I reached the bottom I did the normal 3 pitch and lift, and 1 out of 2 times I hooked up as I paused on the lift, right before the fall.
When I didn’t hook up that way I would just leave it bounce at the bottom 5 or 6 times before cranking it fast for about 10 m and pause 2 seconds before doing a couple lifts and fall , and usually I hooked up during the fall.
It was a long way up but the rod makes it really easy and the thin braid allowed me to feel the bites at that depth!!
The YFT was caught on on a 260g slow jig from FCL (sorry!!) with high speed rod and reel, my friend was imitating my movements right under the boat, at about 20m , and sure enough he hooked up , it was a nice fight (about 20 min), we ikejime and bleed him like you recommend and he is now in my fridge ready to eat, well not really I need 24 hours more….
The trigger fish and the African pompano were caught on the SJ603-3 with Gawky 260g I think, in 60 m, and I hooked them after the 1st bounce, I didn’t even get to make the jig dance, I think they were fallowing it on the way down and attacked it ounce it reached the bottom.
Can’t wait to go back!!!!!
Thank you Laurent!
I think it was such an amazing intuition that you selected 180g Spunky to 230m deep. And it worked beautifully. Bumping the bottom at 230m… On the other hand, you selected 260g Gawky at 60m deep. I’m sure you were aiming at big ones you didn’t catch that time. I’m really happy to see you have developed such varieties of tactics and techniques of slow pitch jigging. Intuitive, and yet, very logical.
The deep sea jigging around 200m is the hottest game that many top slow pitch jiggers are exploring right now in Japan. Slow pitch jigging is allowing many tactics even in such depth and proving to be very effective. Let us know when you hit that field again!