Capt. Mike Hogan and Capt. Cullen Lundhold of Cape Star Charters heads out to deep water in Cape Cod Bay targeting finicky Stripers feeding on Sand Eels suspended in 70' - 90' depths. Using subtle jigging techniques, they connect on some nice stripers using the 7.5" HD Pro Tail Eel and 2.5oz Sand Eel Metal Jig.
Rod: 8' St. Croix Custom Blank
Reel: Shimano Saragosa 5000
Line: Powerpro 40lb
Leader: 30lb Fluorocarbon
This is my favorite jigging technique for fishing with soft baits and I think the most under utilized. It’s a great technique for fish you see on the fish finder that “won’t bite anything”. As compared to speed jigging, a slow-jigged lure is an easy target for lazy striper. Slow jigging works well with eel tails such as the Hogy Pro Tail Paddle and the Hogy Pro Tail Eel softbaits. You are relying mostly on boat drift and slow rod tip motions to work the bait. The natural softness of the plastic does the rest. It’s really a slow method. I jokingly teach people my method by instructing to fish like “you really don’t care about fishing.
Drop to a specific depth that you are targeting
Slowly Raise your rod tip and let it fall slowly.
Every few moments, change the depth by 10’ slow cranks, then repeat slow jig
Drop back to bottom and repeat
Once you have too much line out, creating too great an angle between you and the lure, which is caused by the boat drifting, reel in and repeat.
Stay in a key strike zone for a very long time
Natural subtle movements to present a slow easy bait for a lazy stripers to eat. The subtle movements of a softbait tail is deadly.
Easy technique for inexperienced guest on your boat.