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Jigging

Jigging represents one of the most prevalent and straightforward techniques for animating bait in the open ocean. For many anglers, this method is reminiscent of using a simple lure.



This approach involves employing a heavy sinker, typically weighing around 150 grams, attached through a soft hitch to a hook or a weighty jig head. The bait utilized can range from silicone bait to natural fish. Notably, this method is conducted while drifting, which entails fishing from a drifting boat. The boat's engine can be operational during this process, maintaining a slow forward movement. Crucially, the boat's speed relative to the tide stands as a vital parameter during drifting. If the wind and tide move in the same direction, the boat might drift excessively fast. It's imperative to control the boat's movement using the motors.


In the Seychelles, the most productive jigging fishing transpires at depth transitions, characterized by a steep drop from 80 to 800 meters, approximately 40 miles away from Mahe Island. The operational depth ranges from 70 to 150 meters, although deeper fishing is possible with the usage of electric reels. This region boasts a diverse array of fish species, encompassing nearly any bottom fish and sharks. Remarkably, even pelagic fish, such as sailfish, emerge during the retrieval process. We've even documented instances of marlin being enticed by a jig.

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