Cape Cod Bluefin Tuna Jigging with Hogy Lures

This is my favorite jigging technique for fishing with soft baits and I think the most underutilized. It’s a great technique for those fish you see on the fish finder that “won’t bite anything.” Compared to speed jigging, a slow-jigged lure is an easy target for lazy tuna. Slow jigging works best with eel tails such as the Hogy Harness Jig and Hogy Pro Tail Paddle Tail soft baits. You rely mostly on boat drift and slow rod tip motions to work the bait. The natural softness of the plastic does the rest. It’s a slow method. I jokingly teach people my method by instructing them to fish like “You really don’t care about fishing.”

Gear List:

Rod: Sewell Custom 400g Jigging Rod

Reel: Shimano Stella 20k

Line: 100lb Jerry Brown Hollow Core

Leader: 130lb BHP Wind On Leader 

    • Drop to a specific depth that you are targeting.
    • Once you have too much line out from boat drift, reel in and repeat.
    • Slowly raise your rod tip and let it fall slowly. Change the depth by 10’ slow cranks every few moments, then repeat the slow jigging retrieve.
    • Drop back to the bottom and repeat.


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