Spanish mackerel, walleye and hairtail series!
Using different jigs to capture the targets Jigging off Irago, Aichi Prefecture
The area off the coast of Irago, Aichi Prefecture, with its abundance of fish and points, is a popular jigging field. As bait migration increases, a variety of fish-eaters migrate to the area, making it possible to target highly active fish in excellent condition. Mr. Daigo Sugiyama, a member of the JACKAL pro staff, and Mr. Keisuke Mugumoto of Fishing Yuu fished this fascinating field. Let us introduce their jigging techniques and how they used the jigs to catch the fish they were after.
Using Three Different Types of Jigs to Target Bluefish
On the day of the fishing trip
On the day of the fishing trip, Mr. Sugiyama, a member of the Jackal Pro Staff, and Mr. Mugumoto of Fishing You boarded the Blue Dragon, a pleasure fishing boat, and headed for the points off Irago. The waters are rich in fish species, and fishing conditions are said to be improving. It was going to be a perfect day for fishing, and expectations were high.
First, we targeted walleye and Spanish mackerel. Mr. Sugiyama started fishing on bait tackle with the “Bumbles RB” BBRB-C633 rod and the “Bumbles Jig Semi-Long” sardine shoulder glow lure, a new color.
Mr. Mugumoto was the first to catch a bite. As he floated it up, enjoying its powerful pull, the body of a shiny silver fish came to the surface. The captain scooped it up in the net and the game was over. Mr. Mugumoto’s first fish was a good-sized Spanish mackerel. The hit lure was a 150g “TG Bumbles Jig.
After that, Mr. Sugiyama decided that a smaller silhouette jig would be better, so he switched to the “Bumbles Jig Short. Just as he had hoped, he caught a bite on the fall just before the jig hit the bottom and let his rod wiggle wildly. Mr. Sugiyama’s first fish was also a good-sized Spanish mackerel, which was a good start for him.
After Mr. Sugiyama caught another Spanish mackerel, Mr. Mugumoto hooked a bite on the fall after jerking and reeling. After enjoying the speedy pull of the fish, he hooked a walassa.
A bluefish was followed by a series of tachio fish!
After the morning’s bluefish fishing period was over, it was time to target tachio fish. Mr. Sugiyama changed his jig to a tungsten “TG Bumbles Jig Bump.
This jig has a rear center of gravity,” said Sugiyama, “and is better suited for one-pitch, slow fishing than jerking. He recommends this jig for targeting root fish, such as hairtail, ama-dai, and grouper.
Shortly after that, he got a bite on the fall, and caught a hairtail without any difficulty. Mr. Mugumoto also caught a bite with the “Bumbles Jig Short” and followed suit. The Tachi-Fish were right on target as well, and there was even a double hit! The two anglers caught more fish and decided to move on to another point.
How to use the “Bumbles Jig” series
Three types of jigs were used in the fishing this time: “Bumbles Jig Semi-Long,” “Bumbles Jig Short,” and the tungsten-made “TG Bumbles Jig Bump. I asked Mr. Sugiyama about the difference in their use.
He said, “I use the semi-long jig when the fish are active in the morning, and when they are biting when I invite them to move upward. It is suitable for a fast, one-pitch jig action like jerk-jerk winding, which sends the jig flying sideways to attract fish. Short has a wide lateral surface (side), so when it falls, it turns sideways and flutters down. Instead of continuing the same action of jerking, an action that includes a fall, such as a fall from one pitch, is effective. Bumps are made of tungsten and have a rear center of gravity, so they reach the bottom quickly when the tide is fast or in deep water. Although it has a rear center of gravity, it turns sideways as soon as you bounce it up with rod control. It is more suited for action that moves the bobber on the bottom rather than fast movement. Bump is also a good jig for catching root fish and ama-dai, which are not very strong swimmers, and it also catches a lot of hairtail,” says Sugiyama. He was able to catch his main target efficiently by using the right type of jig on this fishing trip.
Aiming at the beginning of the tide to catch bluefish
After finishing up the Tachio fish early, we moved to the point for bluefish again. According to the captain, bluefish bite at the beginning of the tide, so Mr. Sugiyama chose the “Bumbles Jig Semi-Long” and rolled it quickly to get a reaction.
Mr. Sugiyama got a hit of a Tachio fish, but his target at this point was bluefish. The two anglers continued to lure the fish with one pitch and other techniques, and this time, Mr. Mugumoto’s rod was squeezed. Using a 150g “Bumbles Jig Short,” he made a walleye bite with a single pitch.
Then, Mr. Sugiyama’s jig also responded to the bite! When he used the “Bumbles Jig Semi-Long” to lure the fish up and up in one fast pitch, he got bites again and again! As I continued to lure the fish, I succeeded in hooking the fish as I had hoped. The captain landed the fish in the net. The captain landed the fish in the net.
As the water temperature drops and the bait migration stabilizes, we can expect to see a large toriyama (bird mountain) off the Irago coast, and even larger bluefish are promising, so why not try fishing there?
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