Oddball Jigs

Oddball jigs are worth a spot in your offshore arsenal.

January 13, 2014
Black sea bass hit “slow-style” jigs for anglers fishing on the Atlantic Coast. Capt. Jack Sprengel
This Gulf grouper was hooked on a slow jig fished off the bottom. Doug Olander / Sport Fishing
Creature jigs like the Shimano Lucanus fool plenty of fish species with a slow, simple retrieve. Capt. Jack Sprengel
Two top manufacturers discontinued production of their slow-style jigs in 2014. Dan Quinn, of Rapala, confirmed that the Raku and Ebi jigs from Williamson Lures are no longer available. Rapala owns Williamson Lures, as well as a number of other fishing brands. The Daiwa Salt Conch Jig is also not offered anymore, says Curt Arakawa, of Daiwa. The Salt Conch jig had a unique second anchor point to attach an extra treble hook or weight. Chances are some of these lures are still around on the Internet or at local tackle shops, so stock up if you have a favorite.
Slow-jig manufacturers claim that the wild colors of the jigs mimic deepwater squid (which often change colors) and crabs. Capt. Jack Sprengel

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