Video: Vertical Jigging Striper Sand Eel Jigs

Large plumes of sand eels have flooded the outer Cape over the past few weeks, creating conditions for excellent striper fishing. In this video, Capt. Mike shares a few tips for when you are marking bait and bass, but can not get them to notice your jigs.

Gear List:

Rod: Medium action 7' MH St. Croix Rod

Reel: Shimano Saragosa 8000

Line: 30lb PowerPro braid

Leader: 30lb fluorocarbon leader tied via double uni kno

Twitch Jigging

Twitch jigging is a variation of the slow jig, the only difference being a series of sharp fast twitches in the rod. It’s almost like you are vibrating the lure with rapid rod tip twitches. This technique works particularly well with the Hogy Sand Eel Jig. It’s long, slender profile responds with a lot jerking rod tip motions. The huge benefit to this technique is that you can really dial in a certain depth. This is a useful method when “sniping” fish you have identified on the fish finder.

Steps:

  1. Drop to a specific depth that you are targeting

  2. Twitch your rod with fast short movements

  3. Every few moments, change the depth by 10’, repeat

  4. Once you have too much line out from boat drift, reel in and repeat

Benefits:

  1. Stay in a key strike zone for a very long time

  2. Faster motions might trigger reaction strikes.

  3. Allows metal lure depth, soft bait action.

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