Capt. Chris Mozitis of Ocean City, New Jersey takes us through a day on the water chasing Spanish Mackerel outside of Great Egg Harbor Inlet. His go-to lure of choice, the Hogy Epoxy Jig Lure, perfectly imitates the baitfish being swept off the sand bar into the waiting mouths of predators.
Using a 3 oz Epoxy Jig tipped with fresh dead squid is irresistible to a hungry seabass. One or two squid pinned on the same point on the treble hook is a nice big profile for one of these giants. A 35 lber could easily slurp the whole offering in milliseconds.
I brought my own gear to the island to target the fishery of the rich inshore and nearshore waters with Laurenz. Over the years, we explored more and more of the island and learned all about the extraordinary, and yet unrecognized, fishery. We used many jig and pop techniques to target both inshore and pelagic species.
The Spanish Mackerel are usually feeding on small bait fish such as anchovies, glass minnows, pilchards, or small ballyhoo. With the action and profile of the epoxy jig, it perfectly imitates the food source that the fish are targeting.