Stick Baits, Poppers, Heavy Jigging, from a kayak.

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DocProfit
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Fri Jul 05, 2019 10:17 am

I have a 4000 Stradic Ci4+ sitting in my closet doing nothing and I can't decide what rod to pair it up with.

I already have a sweet soft-bait setup, and 2x slow jig/slider rigs.


I started by thinking some sort of jigging rod for 150-300g jigs would be good. But I mostly fish in 9-12m of water, so I don't know how effective that would be.

Then I started thinking a topwater set could be fun. But after a lot of reading, it sounds like it's quite difficult and unproductive to use poppers/stickbaits from a kayak.


So I'm confused what I should do... maybe one of those new Ocean Angler Spinder rods for some micro-jigging? (I luv my bender rod for sliders).

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Fri Jul 05, 2019 2:41 pm

I'd love to get in to some mechanical jigging for Kingfish and Snapper. If you watch any of Kerry Flowers' stuff on youtube he seems to do a fair bit of it, usually deeper water but sometimes as shallow as 20 meters catching snapper and kingfish on knife jigs.

That's a nice reel, you should be using it! :lol:

I was looking at getting a basic setup with something like this shimano backbone elite https://www.marine-deals.co.nz/jigging- ... -200g-6756

You might want to play with different rod butt lengths as what works for a boat might be a bit uncomfortable to use in the yak.
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Fri Jul 05, 2019 11:44 pm

Jigs have been part of my kayak fishing arsenal for more than 12 years now! Also loads of video on the NZ Kayak Fishing YouTube channel covering every style of jigs.
The finest rods come from Jigstar distributed by BCS Enterprizes and they work well on the kayak. The owner Chris Wong pretty much introduced jigging to New Zealand.
Heres a few videos that will help and the NZ Kayak fishing channel has lots more information (Its New Zealand's longest running kayak fishing video production channel):




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DocProfit
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Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:59 am

Cheers Rob, I'm a big fan of the show. You even inspired me to spend 2 nights on Motuora Island after I watched you and Paul do it.

Best tasting fish I've ever caught. :y:
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AndrewRawlingson
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Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:40 pm

I love the Stradic Ci4s, but thinking your asking too much from it to to do the heavier end of jigging. Maybe look at the midsize Penn Slammers as an alternative. Well built and IPX rated.
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 7:15 am

11kg of drag and I've upgraded it to carbontex washes and a good power knob for the handle.

Where I fish the chances of getting anything over 15lbs is slim.


But I hear what you're saying. I'm thinking of getting an Ocean Angler Spinder for micro jigging/sliders.
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Kayak Rob
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Mon Jul 08, 2019 10:45 pm

DocProfit wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 7:59 am
Cheers Rob, I'm a big fan of the show. You even inspired me to spend 2 nights on Motuora Island after I watched you and Paul do it.

Best tasting fish I've ever caught. :y:
Awesome DocProfit always nice to get feedback on the show and even better to hear about your inspiration from this episode to grab some adventure.

The reel looks good for the job with that power handle and check out the Jigstar Tai Kabura spin rod for micro jigging and kabura fishing. It is just stunning and my experience with one so far has certainly proven its worth. They cost a little more as superb jig style rods do, but once you use one all day you certainly realize why. Super light, strong and powerful plus the right action to make your lure dance better.
Here's a couple of nice fish on the spin version so far.
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Wed Jul 24, 2019 12:53 pm

hey Rob

how does that Jig star rod handle to light jigs (20g) versus the heavier (150g) ?

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