Thursday, December 30, 2010

Atlantic Star 12-30-10 - Seabass Jigging

A well know boat for well versed fisherman.
I really look forward to this 18 hour trip and its the highlight of my light game jigging.

As you read before, my setups were PE2/PE3 style.  I brought 2 spinning setups and 2 conventional.  Only 1 conventional was used.

The pick during the first drop was a slow bite.  It did turn out that our boat wasn't optimizing the GPS location numbers as the captain originally thought.  We tussled through a few spots within 1000 yards of each other.
I started with a "thunder" jig aka madai or lucanus style.  I had a big tug on the 2nd drop but eventually dropped the fish after about 15 feet or so.  I ended up dropping fish on all jigs.
The funnest drop came to the last 2 spots.  It was almost like every drop = 1 jumbo seabass.  I didn't measure my kills but I suspect the largest was 25-28 inches long.  Upwards to 5lbs.
My buddy joined me as we were the only other crazies that want to fish for these amazingly tasteful fish before their legal season closes.

Best Jig: Shimano Bottom Ship 200g (Silver body + Pink Octopus skirt), hands down until I lost it to a mysterious fish that only bites the braid on my line system. :(  I need to make another order.

I caught 43 seabass. I ended up keeping 25 fish for the cooler, which is the legal limit per person per day.