We spent 15 minutes on the phone with Capt. Tony Vultaggio to discuss the best jigging lures for targeting Vermillion Rockfish in the Channel Islands, California. Here's what we learned...
Capt. Tony Vultaggio
Location: The Channel Islands, California
Tides: The high outgoing produced the best.
Approach: Fishing along the islands can be a little tricky. The Reds’s were holding around the tops of high spots in 80′ – 120′. Proper boat positioning is key for pinpoint presentations when jigging for Vermillion Rockfish.
Bait Selection: The Hogy Sand Eel Series
Why Bhis Bait? The Hogy Sand Eel is perfect for imitating juvenile sardines and anchovy that make their way to the bottom.
Colors: Dark Sand Eel
Retrieve: A standard drop shot jigging technique. Drop the bait to the bottom and begin shaking the rod tip to vibrate the Hogy Sand Eel. Pause for a moment, then begin shaking the rod tip again. Strikes were a long, strong pull and the fish inhaled the bait and began swimming away. When using the 2oz Barbarian Jig Head, let the bait to the bottom and begin slowing swimming it 3′ – 5′ above the bottom. Make sure to drop it back down every so often to maintain contact with the bottom.
Boat: Jesse Mae 28’ Radon
Reel: Penn Torque 15
Rod: Penn Carnage 20-50lb 7’
Line: 50lb Spider Wire Stealth
Leader: 20’ 30lb Big Game Top Shot – Albright Knot