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September 23, 2008

Masters of Metal

Sport Fishing convenes an international jigging symposium - and takes notes!

Lessons From Europe
Few anglers take their sport more seriously than Nicola Zingarelli and probably none live and breathe jigging the way Zingarelli does. He penned one of the earlier articles describing the technique in a 2005 Sport Fishing feature entitled "Extreme Jigging." The interest in jigging of this Italian angler (currently living in Spain) is also evident in his websites: www.caranx.net and www.nicolazingarelli.com

Zingarelli often jigs fairly deep areas, typically 200 to 400 feet; at times, however, he'll drop jigs to 1,000 feet or more. Around the Canary Islands, for instance, he tangles with the likes of deepwater escolar and wreckfish. At times, he also jigs much shallower tropical areas - such as Panama.
 
To watch Zingarelli and Yuki jigging simultaneously is to understand that this is indeed a technique full of subtlety and varied execution. The European expert generally works the metal much more aggressively than his Asian counterpart. Zingarelli's rods are somewhat shorter - in that 6-foot range that most American jiggers have come to associate with the technique - and he generally moves the jig hard and fast in a staccato cadence.