Microjigging is a whole lot of fun.
Ocean Angler have come up with four different shapes, all having a different action and purpose.
Watch Paul Senior explain how each type works in the video below.
The Weasel Micro Jig is just about symmetrical, it goes down quite fast but not in big round circles. When twitching the rod it darts around in a twitchy style action. The upward twitching attracts the snapper and as you let it fall and rest on the bottom then the snapper move in.
Luminous and/or ultraviolet-reflective coatings to increase lure visibility deep down
High-quality Japanese assist cord
A hand-whipped assist rig armed with twin Owner hooks
Available in 3 Colours: Bruised Banana, Green Pink, Pink Lumo
Available in 3 Weights: 25g, 40g and 60g
Although Weasels can be cast and retrieved, either up near the surface at a decent clip or allowed to flutter down and then be jiggled back along the seafloor, they work best when yo-yoed on the drift. To get increased time jigging them at their most effective angle - as vertically as possible beneath the boat - lob them up ahead of the boat’s drift direction, then allow them to sink to the bottom, staying alert for any mid-water line jiggles or slackenings that indicate bites. Once on the bottom, simply lift/jiggle the lure upwards so it can flutter back down. Repeat and repeat again until you hook-up or the angle on the line becomes too horizontal (i.e. 45-degrees max.). Redeploy. Deadly. That’s why so many anglers love using them.
The Knife Micro Jig is like a mini Kingfish jig, it falls in big wide circles. It has a distraction pattern with a UV glow so as it falls it flashes around and attracts fish to the lure. Quite good in deeper waters with a bit of current around use a slow mechanical jigging action and let it sit on the bottom.
Their long, slim profile enables them to zip down to where the action is, then stay in the zone for longer, and makes them appear to be a relatively large prey item (when they actually aren’t), so both snapper and kingfish are attracted.
Good use of tough UV and/or lumo finishes
A durable hand-whipped assist rig armed with two super-sharp Owner hooks
Available in 3 colours: Orange, Yellow and Silver
Available in 2 sizes : 60g and 80g
Knife Jigs can be mechanically jigged up from the bottom (any further than halfway is generally a waste of energy and time, unless the activity on the fish-finder says otherwise) at different speeds or repeatedly lifted and dropped, yo-yo style, near the bottom - or try a mixture of both actions. If conditions are suitable (i.e. not too much wind and/or tide), Knife Jigs can descend a long way - 70, 80 metres or more if necessary. Their relatively light weight and ease of use makes them very popular, especially among light-tackle kingfish chasers who would rather avoid expending too much effort in the fish-catching process!
The Viper Micro Jig is a mini slow pitch rig which has a slender profile with weight at the bottom so that it goes down horizontally and vibrates on the fall. This allows the rig to spend more time in the strike zone and it is great for glassy calm days.
Available in 2 colours : Red Glow Strip and Blue Glow Strip
Available in 3 weights : 40g, 60g and 80g
The Diamond Micro Jig is a universal shape with a distraction pattern on it. A cross between a flat jig and knife jig that gives you the best of both worlds. These can be used in calm and windy conditions, as they go down fast and horizontally.
Available in 2 colours : Red Glow Strip and Pink Glow Strip
Available in 3 weights: 25g, 60g, 80g