RFI Jigging in Kimberley

Just wanting some advice from experienced Kimberley-based jiggers.  What do you recommend?  I've only used the knife jigs in the SW and a search on here found only a few comments about knife jigs up there.  Anyone use them with success? tips?  what species? 

Is it worth the effort, or are the octo-type jigs better up there. (I have more knife jigs than octos so was hoping to avoid having to spend more cash...)



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take Heaps

Sun, 2011-07-03 15:32

Did a trip up there a month ago(see link), lost heaps of jigs and rigs to sharks. We would get one or two fish up at the most before the sharks moved in. Can get expensive.

What depth do you think you will fish?






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Sharks love jigs up here...

Sun, 2011-07-03 15:39

Sharks love jigs up here... All types too.... And if you do get past the sharks and onto a fish... Well your in for a world of pain cause sharks love fish that love jigs even more so.....

Havent had alot of success with the knife jigs up here... more so the smaller octo jigs and SP's...

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Sun, 2011-07-03 15:45

Octo jogs - love the octo jigs!

But as Marky said, sharks love em!

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not sure on the depth yet

Sun, 2011-07-03 15:53

CCC - not sure on the depth yet mate.  We are diving most of the time and there are too many crocs inshore, so we we will most likely be further offshore than your trip (great report btw) but still probably mostly shallow (<30m) although depends which offshore reefs we go to (it could be in the 100s of metres).  When I'm not diving, I'll be fishing!

Last time I was up there, I lost heaps of gear to the sharks too - but it was just hooks and lead rather than jigs.  Saw sharks on almost every dive.

So, did you use knife jigs at all?  Just wondering whether anything hits them up there or should I stock up on plastic.

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ah, so cheap is best - given

Sun, 2011-07-03 15:52

ah, so cheap is best - given that I will be losing a lot of it...

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jiggy -

Sun, 2011-07-03 15:57

Baitfish style/metal jigs work well up there and the short profile versions covers the demersal species. Use single strand wire to your artificial as mackys can hit them and as for Octo jigs they can get ripped apart quickly.


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thanks Jarrad - will have to

Sun, 2011-07-03 16:02

thanks Jarrad - will have to drop in for some gear.  Honsu sorted me out with a new rod and reel before my last trip up there  and it got a good work out  http://fishwrecked.com/forum/cassini-island-kimberley-help