Worth jigging in shallow water?

Hey guys,

So I've been tossing up for a while now wether or not to try some jigging. I've got a new 5000fj stradic spooled with 30lb braid which has been sitting on my desk since November... 

Now I've only just upgraded from the dinghy to a 4.75m Ali so most of our fishing has been around some lumps on the 3 mile, which so far hasn't produced the most exciting fish but managed to get into some skippy which was good for a play... 

Wanted to get some opinions as to wether or not it would be worth chucking the stradic on a jig rod?... Once we get some confidence up and if the wether plays the game I'm sure we may head out a bit further but atm we're severely lacking spots so we've been trying to suss the 3mile, but would I be wasting time jigging on the 3mile?

Really I'm just itching to put a rod on the stradic and actually use it, just trying to decide which rod?!?!

cheers, steve

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Sun, 2013-03-10 11:43

Hi mate its worth jigging the 3 mile. There are demersals that live on and beyond the reef structure. Just be sure to use light jigs like the Jigging Master fallings 40g and 65g and others. The other option is pairing the reel to a 6'6" to 7ft Soft Plastics rod. During winter using soft plastics has been the un doing of plenty of Pink Snapper and Dhufish. If at worst you hook upto a sambo which will atleast put a bend in the rod and strip a bit of string.


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find the fish.

Tue, 2013-03-12 12:00

 I fish 3-Mile frequently with bait, sp's and light jigs. I find there are times when one type of fishing outproduces another, but they are all effective in various situations. However,  if you are consistently finding few fish, changing method won't dramatically improve your results.

My advice would be to anchor on sand upcurrent from a promising looking piece of structure and hammer the burley. Set up a float bait and experiment with jigs, sp's etc. at the same time.

If you have a mate with you, make sure you are using different techniques until you establish what is working. Have one float bait unweighted and one with a light weight. One of you use sp's whilst the other jigs.

Also, the biggest tip I would give would be to be selective in the times you fish. High tides durinv low light times is a pretty good start.



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Thanks for that

Tue, 2013-03-12 12:13

Thanks for that guys!

Completely understand that jigging wont make the fish suddenly appear but wouldnt mind slowly making the move away from bait to artificials... Just curious as to wether or not that is actually an option on the 3 mile.

Even if the skippy we were catching the other day take a jig i'd be happy with that!

Geoff what size hooks/jigs are you using on the 3 mile?

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 skips will definately take

Wed, 2013-03-13 07:38

 skips will definately take jigs and plastics

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Tue, 2013-03-12 12:40

Float baits: I find 2 x  4/0 occies snooded are good for mulies/scalies. They are strong enough for snapper/jewies and not too big for smaller species.

2 x 6/0 occies for larger baits.

SPs: I use 4-7inch tails so hooksize varies a bit. 

Jigs: I like the single 2/0 or 3/0 hooks, but I haven't experimented much with hook size. In terms of jigs, 40-60g.

 p.s. those skippy will go spacca for a 5-inch soft plastic in pink. 


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Thanks for that Geoff, much

Tue, 2013-03-12 15:45

Thanks for that Geoff, much appreciated!! I'm in the market for a new rod so might try to find something that'll cover small jigs and sp's

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Tue, 2013-03-12 16:46

No worries.

I think you should be able to find a rod that does both those things quite easily. Given the water is about 20m max, you can get away with very light jigs.

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Tue, 2013-04-09 14:57

 hi sstevee,

its worth jigging in shallow water,

back in malaysia, we do jigging in water from 10m-20m,

but instead of using light jig, we use micro jigs, range from 8g-20 gram.

use a light rod and any reel that can hold 300m of 4-8lb braid will get the job done.

will catch almost anythg that feed on small bait fish.

but only limited to spot which the water current are nt that strong.

can have a try~^_^

cheer kelvin~