Jigging stuff

 I'm totally intrigued by jigging at the moment.  I'm loving the idea and way it works. 


I want to get a jigging combo.  I'm thinking a spinning combo will be the way to go, but open for suggestions.  I'm not after top of the line stuff here. Just entry to mid level equipment. 


Ill be jigging mostly 20-50m and would like to be able to bottom bounce for demersals while I'm at it.  


Fire away with your recommendations.  

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budget will pretty much

Mon, 2013-03-18 21:42

budget will pretty much determine a lot here :)




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 Mid range.  Kinda vague I

Mon, 2013-03-18 21:44

 Mid range.  Kinda vague I guess.  Lets say $400 inc rod and reel.  I'm not loaded and have a kid on the way.  



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 Ok, If I was you, I would

Mon, 2013-03-18 21:49

 Ok, If I was you, I would try to get your hands on an Ajiking Pro Jigger.  Match to a rod with what ever budget you have left. Go check out your local tackle store.

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Spent 4 days 2 weeks ago

Mon, 2013-03-18 21:57

fishing with jigs and stickbaits and gave the same 2 combos a tough workout on NW blowies, small tuna, pink snapper, Dhuies fishing in the 40m -90m with 130gm - 180gm flutter jigs. Biggest fish was 15kg Western Blue bone.

I organised this gear for them

Reel - Shimano stradic 5000 $200

Rod - eupro giantking 6' pe 1-3 $200

line - not sure, suffix maybe, 40lb

The rods and reels handled it with ease and still felt as smooth as new

The guys that were using the gear were novices to jigging and were nervous if the gear could handle it, not a problem with the right technique....


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nailed it in one, dougie. 

Tue, 2013-03-19 12:18

nailed it in one, dougie. 


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 Agree with wangler, stradic

Mon, 2013-03-18 22:01

 Agree with wangler, stradic 5000 is good value and versatile.





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phlueger trion rod plus phleugar 60 salt reel

Tue, 2013-03-19 06:35

 i got a budget jigging setup for soft plastics ,got a phlueger trion rod 6- 8 kg matched to a phluegar 60 salt reel,so far have caught a dhuie,black ass ,very smooth reel with 30lb braid plus rod handles well,a good set up that wont break the bank imo under 250 dollars,plus its also tecnique how to land fish eg no high sticking just no rush ,hope this helps,very happy with my combo

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Jigging combo

Tue, 2013-03-19 08:45

Hi mate,

For what you have described, Wangler has summed it up pretty well. The Eupro Giant King matched with the Stradic FJ works well. Have seen these land dhuies and Samson fish upto 30kg on it. If you are a bit new to Demersal jigging and you want a rod that has a little bit more pulling power then we also have the Eupro Exploder PE1-3 which is a bit firmer. Pair it up with either 20 or 30lb braid and happy days.

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I just use a starlo stick

Tue, 2013-03-19 12:37

I just use a starlo stick 15kg jig stick with salt 50 with 30 pound viper braid on it, used it on macks too and works a dream, very nice reels and only like 160 bucks!

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 I've done a bit of looking

Tue, 2013-03-19 14:23

 I've done a bit of looking at the stradic 5000.  I know very little about jigging, but it seems so light!  Would it really handle a 20kg sambo?  10kg drag is massive, so it must have the stopping power. Just a 5000 size sounds small.  I currently use a 4000 size reel for my Demersal fishing, or when the going gets tough I pull out the TLD 20.  I've only had 1 fish I couldn't stop on it and I'm guessing it was a car bonnet.  


Im going to have to get down to Oceanside and have a play with it.  Plus look at some other options.  


What are the advantages for overhead and spinning reels for jigging?   

Thanks again folks. 

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easily bring up a sambo with

Tue, 2013-03-19 17:44

easily bring up a sambo with it. I knocked over a few 20kg fish on mine last year! 


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5000 will handle pretty much

Tue, 2013-03-19 18:24

5000 will handle pretty much anything. I use a 4000 stradic that has caught a few 35kg sambos and still going strong! Not a lot of stopping power though haha




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Lannded A sambo somewhere

Fri, 2013-05-03 13:17

Lannded A sambo somewhere between3-035kg on PE2 ....... Stradic 4000FJ 20 pound braid....just gotta take your time. wont even bother fishing PE3 down here.......


Up north PE3 to land a few fish and a bit more power to up and away from the bombies...(we never had problems with the noahs)


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 I got the old 5k stradic and

Tue, 2013-03-19 20:01

 I got the old 5k stradic and it has stopped plenty of large sambos, stopped my 20kg dhuy and plenty other fish! Still going strong, my family pretty much only use stradics, very tough reels 

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 What about the eupro jigman?

Wed, 2013-03-20 15:09

 What about the eupro jigman?  Or is that too heavy?  There's one for sale here pe 2-4. 


Im guessing for what I'm looking at (depths and species) I'd be looking at pe 1.5-2??

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Thu, 2013-04-04 23:24

 hi justo82,

in my opinion,

Spinning reel handle light to medium jig pretty well, those range 10-150g,

try go for those reel which have lower gear ratio which below 5:1, daiwa offer quite a range of reel with 4.9:1 ration, which is quite good for jigging.

as for overhead reel, those reels handle jig over 150g better as it have much lower gear ratio and the torque of the reel is better compre to spinning reel.

The torque concept can be easilly understood by the reel structure, as in spinning reel, the line go through the bail arm roller which is twisting the line to a 90 degree angle to

the spool, in theother hand , overhead reel have the line go directly to the spool hence giving the overhead reel better cranking power / torque.

As for rod selection,its depend on ur style of fishing, for myself , i prefer a much strong style which lock the drag to 80% and love having a stiff n short rod to lift the fish in

boat fast, hence i use a jigging rod rated PE3-5 (5 ft) for jig range 80-150g. because base on my previous experience, the  higher the drag, the harder that fish will fights against it.

you can also use a lighter rod such as PE1-3 but sometime PE1-3 rods are bit too long for jigging as it will tired you pretty fast. with rod PE1-3, usually the rod tip are quite

soft, hence while u jig , the rod tip will absorb ur effort and ur jig will lose the pretty darting action.In jigging, rod play a more important role then the reel.

Not to worry about the reel max drag too much, because not many people can stand a 10kg drag for more then 10 minute if they don't workout regularly, a reel with 7-10kg

drag can stop plenty of fish already,back in malaysia, im only using the daiwa caldia 4000 load with PE3 braid n pair with a PE3-5 jigging rod, biggest fish caught are 16kg GT.

these are my jigging experiance back in malaysia, im still new to australia as a international student.hope my opinion help ya with ur tackle selection. cheer mate~~^_^





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 I just brought a stradic

Sun, 2013-04-07 20:41

 I just brought a stradic 5000 and a euro jig rod excellent combo

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 I have a Fin-nor offshore

Mon, 2013-04-08 14:25

 I have a Fin-nor offshore combo that is great. Can pick up the fin-nor jigging rod in either 80lb or 100lb for around the $240 mark

And i paired it with the Fin-nor offshore reel with a 6.2 -1 ratio and 23lb drag and fits plenty of line that cost less about $150

Really light weighted and and definately does the job well.


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Euro Pro

Mon, 2013-04-08 14:38

 Twin craft for me, first Jig Rod, came in at $180 i think, i matched it with a abu garcia 6500 with 20lb braid i already had.

 Used this at the Abrolhos for the first time and loved every minute of it, the heavy gear is now collecting dust. I will never fish heavy again, these jigging rods can handle anything.

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 I'm thinking the eupro

Tue, 2013-04-30 20:37

 I'm thinking the eupro exploder looks pretty good.  I'm thinking pe 2-3.  


Shimano stradic looks awesome, but I've also come across the okuma Salina III. Anyone know how these two compare?

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however, this combo here

Wed, 2013-05-01 15:34

however, this combo here looks very good.  perhaps a little heavy, but i'd rather let the experienced fisho's comment.





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 Stradic and a fishing

Fri, 2013-05-03 22:57

 Stradic and a fishing Western Australia rod 


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 Cheers guys.  Went and

Sun, 2013-05-05 19:28

 Cheers guys.  Went and picked up a stradic 5000 fj from Alwaysfishin. Top bloke, cheers 


now I just need to find a rod.