Video of demersal jigging technique?


Has anyone posted or know of a post, or can post a video of the techique used for jigging demersals?

My mate and I bought some Caprice, Frankys, IMA Ro's, Pirates, etc and don't know what we are doing. Figured someone could share their technique on how to use these things. We've had a few hook-ups on Red Snapper, Flat Head, Seargent Bakers, but not on anything decent, whilst the rod with the bait is getting smashed so we know the fish are down there.

I'd like to do the switch over to jigs and not use bait but only if I know what I'm doing is correct.

Things a video should cover is:

Speed of retrieve

Speed of lift

Height the jig is raised off the bottom before being let back down

Length of pause between lifts (if there is a pause)


If there are different techniques for different jig types and also for plastics this would also be good to show.

I would have thought some of the tackle store owners would have already put some videos up as this would surely increase their jig sales. Obviously show them catching fish using the different techniques would also be nice as sometimes I feel like I'm being told a load of porkys by the person on the other side of the counter ;-)

I think this would help everyone who wants to get into jigging but are a bit reluctant.

Cheers in advance.

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I get what you are asking for

Sun, 2011-12-18 12:37

I get what you are asking for & my own experience fishing with other dedicated jigger's is their styles are completely different but catch fish (and damn good fish at that)

Personally I change my style with the jig I am using & what the sounder is telling me, if it's not working then I start to change some things up eg. slow it down or speed it up.


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 YOUTUBE search mate 

Sun, 2011-12-18 12:37

 YOUTUBE search mate


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Sun, 2011-12-18 16:21

Most of the videos on there are of people jigging for Sambos and Ambers. Fast retrievals with knife jigs. I want to know what the best methods are for catching Dhuis and Snapper in Perth are.

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Sun, 2011-12-18 16:34

Trial and error and fishing with those who already jig will teach you more than any youtube vid ever will

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Offer till or honsu a free

Sun, 2011-12-18 17:21

Offer till or honsu a free trip out .. you'll learn real fast .
My question tho is what rod and reel your using .. that makes a big difference imo.

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Rods yeah ... You know we all

Sun, 2011-12-18 18:28

Rods yeah ... You know we all believe that, and it better be true ...

But PerthGlory pegged a dhu on a fairly ordinary non-jigger yesterday, not bad for your first day out trying it. Even sillier, my rod bagged a dhu without me, I left it deadsticked to check something, came back and there was a fish on it.

Incidentally it was that all-silver shout shab-shab Doakey knocked back ages ago and its got bugger-all finish left on it as well.


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Changed my mind about all

Sun, 2011-12-18 20:48

Changed my mind about all silver jigs. Have a silver shout lighten thats been working really well. Still think the action is more important than the colour but it doesn't hurt to have a few favourite colours.

Grooveepants as for jigging technique especially with Caprice jigs let the jig drop back down a little after each jerk. Most hits I get on the Caprice are on the downward motion. Lately when I get a hit on the jig I stop jigging altogether. Let the jig sit there and you might be surprised.

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Yeah I still prefer a bit of

Sun, 2011-12-18 21:00

Yeah I still prefer a bit of contrast myself but it seems to work fine.


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Mon, 2011-12-19 06:22

I had two Stella 10000s and Shimano Deep Jig 200's. My two Stellas are munted after only a year so I'm sticking some dependable Penn 7500s on now. Are the rods too stiff/heavy for demersal jigging?

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free trip out - you sho me the tricks

Sat, 2011-12-24 07:29

I will be in that too

very prepared to offer a ride out in my 4.2mt alloy to anyone who will show a few good tips





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No bait

Sun, 2011-12-18 18:35

Leave the bait at home and "force" yourself to learn (quickly).

It all depends on the day and if one thing isn't working change the jig and retrieve.

Also, drop the jig until you cant see it and then click the bail over. Work it through the water column back to the boat noting how you work the rod and what effect this has on the jig.

Persistence will be the bread winner mate, and as usual once you pull a good fish many more will follow.  

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Persistence is the key!!!!!

Sun, 2011-12-18 22:23

Persistence is the key!!!!! You need to expect to do 100 drops and jig retrieves per fish. Some days better, some worse.

On Saturday, we knew it would be a good day when first drop , Chrisp hooked up on a dhu on the drop , then Timvb hooked up on a bigger model after only 3 cranks.

We caught and released plenty between the 3 of us, all with different techniques and speed.

Matching speed/technique to jig type most critical IMO. I learnt by testing them all in my pool, much to the dismay of my wife......


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The deep jig 200 is pretty

Mon, 2011-12-19 07:59

The deep jig 200 is pretty popular, and not too expensive. The stella 10k is a whacky choice though, a Stella 8k pg would be a better choice.

Either way, its total overkill for demersals, aim for a PE3 outfit and smaller jigs, the little stuff you use for dhufish just won't work properly on a PE5 rod.


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Mon, 2011-12-19 22:41


santas helper just asked if i've bought my rod yet.

what would your 3 picks be up to $350 to match the saragosa 8000 for jigging, deep jig 200 not included?




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Not really sure what the JM

Tue, 2011-12-20 07:44

Not really sure what the JM gear is going for, but that would be within the budget this time of year?

I don't have stacks of recommendations in that line weight, there are a lot of good choices for demersal jiggers around PE3.


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Tue, 2011-12-20 07:47

thanks till,

will let you know how i go.



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Tue, 2011-12-20 23:25

My mate and I bought some Caprice, Frankys, IMA Ro's, Pirates, etc and don't know what we are doing


where did u buy the jigs from?

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Fri, 2011-12-23 07:11

IMA's at All Boat Business and Oceanside Tackle, Frankys at All Boat Business and Bluewater Tackle in Melville, Pirates everywhere, Caprice at Bluewater Tackle in Melville and Oceanside Tackle