TUNA SEARCH AND DROP JIGGING

With the recent developments of fish-finding technology, this technique is becoming more and more popular. In this technique, you are literally cruising around looking for targets to drop on. Search and Drop is the most tactical variation of jigging in that the captain and crew work hand in hand ready to coordinate the drop. Each angler is poised and ready for the drop at a moment’s notice.

Go-To Hogy Imitations: If you are dropping on fish that you are marking on the fish finder, you'll want to get the lure down as quickly as you can to catch the fish while it is still close to being under the boat.

Tuna Harness Jig: I like eel tail softbaits for tactical drops, as you don't want the "parachute" effect of a paddle to slow you down

Sand Eel Jig: This highly imitative sand eel jig is ideal for jigging when sand eels are present. The bait is so long and slender, it has incredible action with hardly any rod movement. A simple rise and fall of the rod tip is deadly.

Benefits:

  1. Pinpoints finicky fish.

  2. The steady RPM's of the boat will not spook the fish.

  3. Covered ground while still being able to study topwater and fish finder.

Tuna Search and Drop Diagram

Search and Drop Approach:

  1. Identify an active area.

  2. Find a happy cruising speed, maybe 8 knots for searching.

  3. Have anglers holding their rods at all times, ready to free spool their lure at a moment's notice.

  4. Along with watching the electronics, constantly look for changes in the water and be ready to cast at any water that looks "pushed" or otherwise alerted.

Hogy Tuna Jigging Guide

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