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Today’s report is on my offshore jigging trip via Ocean Battle. The link for this boat service is listed at the top part of this page with the address on Google maps.
In April, I went offshore casting on Ocean Battle but this time I focused on jigging. Jigs used this time ranged from 100g to 130g as the area I went to, South of Awaji island, has strong currents and a sea depth of 40m and more. I was looking out for pelagic predators this time, namely amberjacks and mackerel species as they put up a good fight.
In the morning, we arrived at 8.30 a.m. and it was exactly high tide. I used Palms Anglers Republic Jigaro Massive Pink Back Glow Berry in 100g/125mm, together with DECOY Single Short Pike hook as the rear assist hook. I was able to get 2 Spanish mackerels and 1 Spanish mackerel on the same series of jigs & assist hook, but on Clear Magma 115g.
These mackerels put up a good fight! Some of them cut off some lines of the other anglers and they had to switch to 50lb leaders. I used a 60lb leader as I knew they would by the end of the day slowly thin off that thick shock leader with their sharp teeth!
Then in the afternoon, things slowed down a little and we moved to a different point in the same area. This time, I switched to Daiwa Kyouga Semi-long jig in Green Gold 130g/145mm, with DECOY Single Short Pike rear assist hook. With some slow-pitch jerking coupled with lift and fall action, the jig felt light and I SET THE HOOK!
It was a large Pacific Mackerel and it definitely did try to go under the boat.
In the last 10 minutes before we were about to head back to the pier, I decided to try the same variety of jigging actions and this time it was a heavy strike! Again, its heavy vibrations told me it was a pelagic predator and it did try to go under the boat again. I was tired and my wrist was about to give way from a day of jigging 130g lures, but I finally reeled it up!
A 45-cm yellowtail amberjack!
Here’s all the action caught on camera! I hope you’ll enjoy the video and please support by subscribing before you go. Thanks!