We spent 15 minutes on the phone with Capt. Rick Croson to discuss jigging deep water wrecks for North Carolina Wahoo with the Hogy 10-inch Original Series. Here's what we learned...
Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Approach: This technique was figured out by accident. We were working trolling lures over a wreck for wahoo, but were coming up empty handed. I was confident the fish were there, so we tried a different approach. I took the Hogy® 2oz Deep Darter Head and 10inch Jigging Hogy®, drove with the direction of the drift towards the wreck, then began dropping the bait down with an open bail 20 yards before the wreck. I would dump about half the spool of line from the reel (120yards) then begin the retrieve.
Rigging Selection: The Hogy Barbarian Jig Head is a perfect big game grade jig head.
Bait Selection: The Hogy Original 10inch Jiggin' Series.
Why This Bait? The large size and whipping tail on this bait give it a deadly action when cranked in as fast as possible. The tail darts and dances, even with out moving the rod much on a fast retrieve.
Colors: Ballysmoke. A favorite bluewater color, it imitates the color of sardines, small bontio or blue runners very well.
Retrieve: FAST. You can’t reel too fast when trying to trigger a wahoo into eating. Once you close the bail after dumping half the line on the spool, get in a steady, braced position and begin reeling as fast as you can turn the handle. Slight rod tip twitches can be used, but don’t need to be over-done. The fast cranking will have the 10inch Jigging Hogy’s tail dancing like crazy.
Rod: 5′ 2″ XXH Star Plazma Jigging Rod
Reel: Shimano Stella 10,000SW
Line: 80lb Powerpro
Leader: 6′ 80lb Mono Leader with a 12″ 90lb single strand bite tipped tied with an albright knot.