How to Pimp up your Octo Jigs!! Reidy Sea Bugs!! How to pimp up your Octo jigs shows how to improve your octo jigs for jigging on the deeper reefs and improve your hook up rates. Lee Brake, editor from North Queensland fish and boats magazine has been pimping his Octo jigs up with bigger hooks and Some Berkley gulp plastics with some Great Results. We were having a cracker of a fishing trip and with a full esky of reef fish, brought in a No Bait rule. The fishing didn’t slow and some quality fish came onboard still including Red Emperor, nannygai, Coral trout, Goldspot cod, trevally, and Spangled emperor to name a few. An unbelievable day jigging the Reidy Sea bugs. Check out this Video, but Lee shares some of his tips on using double split rings, a Larger Circle hook, and squid skirt with Berkley gulp 7″ Jerk shad which we cut down to fit inside the skirt. These Berkley gulp soft plastics are working a treat and I believe keep the fish biting and with the circle hook end up hooking themselves.
These Reidy sea bugs, Octo jigs are working a treat in the deeper water, we using the heavier 150 gm size in about 50 metres of water and with some great results. Well worth giving it a go next time you’re out on the reef.
It pays to use quality hooks, Lee managed a Nice big Red Emperor on the jigs, but almost straightened the hooks during the fight if you look closely in the video. The problem now is with heavier braid you end up breaking the terminal tackle, not the line, A great catch to get a Big Red on an Octo Jig and made my day. So watch your hooks, especially if using heavier 80 lb braid or more.
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Cheers Greg
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Insane Jigging video with Octo Jigs!! Part 1 An insane fishing and jigging video with some mindblowing reef fishing action on the Great Barrier reef. Just when you thought the fishing couldn’t get any better, we had to bring in a No Bait Rule and went exclusively to using octo jigs and soft plastics only. We had well and truly filled the esky by 7am on the first morning with some big cod, huge Cobia and a heap of largemouth Nannygai and Spangled Emperor. All quality fish up to 6 kilo’s. The fish kept biting all day on all marks, and we switched to the Reidy’s sea bugs, which are great for jigging the deeper reefs. We were using the heavier 150 gram jigs, Seabug Midgy in about 50 metres of water. We’ve got some great fishing videos coming on how to pimp your jigs? What we’ve done with great success is upgrade the hooks and also add some berkley gulp soft plastics, making them even more irresistable. The soft plastics give them something to chew on and bigger hooks seem to improve the hookup rates. Even try a circle hook, and the motion of the boat is enough for the fish to hook themselves. Lee Brake from North Queensland fish and boat landed a couple of nice Nannygai this way. Jigging is well worth a try and gives you another option rather than just using bait.
PE Tackle flies were used by Jamie on a Paternoster rig and also worked well, with a soft plastic Grub on a hook as well. We also landed some nice Red Emperor on the plastics and PE Tackle fly which really topped the day off. It also pays to be careful using the heavier braided fishing lines as your terminal tackle becomes the weak link. Lee almost lost his big red emperor to a straightend hook. It was Great to see a big red caught jigging an Octo Jig and it made the front page of June’s NQ Fish and boat with also an excellant article about our trip.
This was an amazing day jigging and reef fishing with some great weather, no complaints and we went back to the reef for a break about 3pm and couple of beers.
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Cheers Greg
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Jigging with new Berkley Elevator Jigs Jigging with the new Berkley Elevator jigs was well worthwile out on a recent fishing trip, hooking 3 absolute monsters on one shoal, Not sure what they were, but three drifts, three big hookups, and Lee was buggered, top effort. In the end the leader was too light and wore through. Lee had 60 lb leader on but with big fish and long fights, worth using heavier leader, would recommend 80 or 100 lb. Must have been either big cobia or Monster Golden Trevally. They’ll fight hard and take some stopping.
These new elevator jigs are awesome and well worth having a few in your tackle box. And well worth using in deeper water, we were fishing in about 50 metres. These new jigs are nice and heavy allowing you to fish the depths, but also have a nice articulated head joining the hook, still allowing plenty of movement with your soft plastic. Lee upgraded to a bigger hook and is well worth considering depending on your target fish and size. Well worth trying these new Berkley elevator jigs and we’ll be using them alot more.
These jigs were developed by Mark ‘The Captain’ Phillips while targeting Snapper and Kings in New Zealand and are also well suited to deepwater jigging on the Great Barrier reef.

The idea was to get Berkley Gulp Jerkshads jigs down deep quickly and still retain that deadly fluttering, wounded baitfish action and obviously works!!

The comparisons are here in Australia, with Snapper, Kings, Cobes, reefies and anything big that hangs in deep water and eats baitish will find this innovative set up hard to resist. Used in conjunction with Nitro Elevator hooks and Berkley Gulp soft plastics! these are deadly tools when you need to get a softbait down into the depths quickly.

Tai-Kabura Vertical Jig – COH Tungsten Orca

The is the exclusive US dealer for COH (Japan) . COH is a very innovative jig designer and makes the Orca jigs. These jigs are made of tungsten, (1.7x heavier than lead) are compact, sink faster and cast further than lead. These jigs are extremely detailed. We have been catching fish inshore and offshore , everything from red drums, trout and snook to groupers, snappers and sea bass…