Fishing: Learning to Jig on Shoals

I'm a self confessed novice. An amateur angler. But this is even more true when it comes to bluewater fishing. I'm more at home flicking glassed out creeks for barra and jack than I am jigging shoals for tuna, mackerel and queenfish. But with the winter barra being somewhat uncooperative lately, we've decided to try our hand and exactly that.

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If you can tell anything from the footage below, it's that jigging is probably one of the most, if not the most, enjoyable ways to wet a line.

The approach: get some well known shoal marks from your local tackle shop, or in our case, just head for that small patch of water where 10 other boats and hanging out. Using a DI scan the sounding area for bait balls, marking each as you go, then pick a good drift line.

We found most success in large plastics, but also tried metal blades, knifes, and bars. A typical rig used in these videos was a Z-man 9" Grubz, white, on a TT Lures 6/0 Headlockz jighead, 1oz. I would recommend trying to find a large jerk shad plastic, as the curly tail on a grub often catches itself on the jighead.

Because we were fishing in 30 meters of water, I ended up adding an additional sinker above the jighead to get to the bottom quicker. We used a much quicker action than we typically would when jigging creek holes and this seems to have made a difference, especially notable when chasing queenfish.

At the end of the day, this is probably a below average haul for a typical NQ bluewater angler, but for a couple of rookies trying their luck, I think we had a pretty killer day, and smiles all round.