Variations of deep drop fishing rigs

Common deep drop fishing rigs.

There are a few fishing rigs out there that work well for deep drop fishing. This informative guide is going to break down the various fishing rigs and how they work as well as the pros and cons of each.

Double Hooks Paired Deep Drop Fishing Rig

Double Hooks Paired Deep Drop Fishing Rig

6 to 8 Hooks (7-15 size) assembled by pairs, wich make rig shorter and easy to use, 3 to 5 lb sinker, 200 lb mono line
with a flash light attached. Best use for blackbelly rose fish, snowy groupers, tile fish etc..

A few fishing rigs out there work well for deep drop fishing, but not any rig will do. This article is going to cover several types of fishing rigs commonly used in deep drop fishing and the pros and cons of each one.

The STC Rig:

The STC Fishing Rig (stc stands for STealth Core), sometimes referred to as a “rig” by those who use them, consists of a heavy, circle hook directly to your main line with a leader of anywhere from five to twelve feet attached at the end. The weight is typically just enough line that it will hit the bottom and come back up when fishing in water of two hundred feet or less.

This fishing rig gets its name because it has been used by companies such as STC fishing and more recently, Boss Marine fishing. This fishing rig can be found with three different types of weights:

The most common STC fishing rig with a sliding sinker on your mainline with an additional leader section is the way to go when fishing. A heavy mainline with a breakaway dropper loop tied with about 15-20lb mono is best for the rotating bead where you attach your swivel to connect with your fishing line.

Sliding Sinker/Leader

Oftentimes the fishing rig is in fact a single fishing leader connected to your fishing line with a sliding bead, swivel and hook. This makes for an easier rigging system when fishing by yourself. Keep in mind that you will need to add 15-20lb minimum fishing line onto your mainline when setting up this fishing rig unless you are using braid backing on your reel, which I do not recommend when fishing deep drop fishing rigs. When fishing around saltwater corals or gorgonians, you may want to consider adding 50lb mono to the end of the leader section so that the barbless hooks can be easily broken off if they get fouled into these delicate corals.

Some of the fishing rigs are created for more specific fishing situations, such as fishing in current or fishing in jagged rocks. The hook on the sliding weight is pretty standard at 12/0 size but you can increase or decrease the strength of your line depending on what you are actually fishing for by using a larger or smaller sized hook. If you’re fishing around coral reefs, I would use 20-30lb mono on the end of the leader section while trolling for reef fish because it’s important to be able to pull these small hooks free if they get fouled into something that could potentially harm them. One thing you should know is that this fishing rig will not last very long if used with braid backing which is very abrasive to fishing line.

The STC fishing rig is incredibly versatile and can be put together in a variety of ways for fishing around different types of structure. This fishing rig is one I like to use when fishing around rock piles or reefs because it’s pretty snag proof. The sliding sinker ensures that you get down quickly to the fish, while the leader allows you to avoid fouling your rigging into rock piles or coral which can cause some serious damage to fishing equipment if done repeatedly over time.

Pros: very durable fishing rigs capable of withstanding heavy poundings by aggressive game fish, good for trolling baits long distances, less likely to get caught up in rocks and reef due to the sliding weight, available in several styles including sliding bead, swivel and fishing leader.

Cons: fishing rigs are more expensive than the alternatives due to the fishing line, fishing leader and sliding weight used in the assembly of this fishing rig; fishing rigs can be sensitive to changes in currents

The Rule Rig:

The Rule Rig is a type of deep drop fishing rigging made popular by Larry Dahlberg several years ago in his book Pacific Coast Bottom Fishing. This fishing rig consists of a sliding sinker with an additional leader section depending on what depth you are fishing at. A common configuration for this fishing rig is to run about 20-25lb mono on the end of your mainline when using braid backing on your reel which will give you enough strength to pull free if something fouls the fishing rigs into rocks or coral.

The Rule Rig fishing rig is a very common deep drop fishing rigging that is used throughout California and Oregon, mainly around areas with jagged bottom structure where fishing leaders are needed. This fishing rig consists of two main parts – a sliding sinker / dropper loop / swivel assembly which will go on the mainline first followed by an additional leader section depending on how much line you need to let out if fishing around rocks or reefs. The second part of this fishing system is the baited hook which typically uses 20/0 octopus circle hooks although 14/0 heavy action circle hooks can be used for smaller live bait applications such as anchovies, sardines or mackerel which are commonly caught in these fishing regions.

Pros: fishing rigs are very sensitive to different changes in current and can be cast long distances with a fishing rod, fishing line is less likely to get snagged on rocks or reef because of the sliding weight

Cons: fishing rigs have two main parts which makes it difficult to lose one part if they break apart from each other, fishing rigs are more expensive than others because you need additional leader sections for fishing around rock piles or reefs depending on how much line needs to be let out before the hook rests on the bottom. with so many choices, what fishing rig do i use?

There has been a lot of debate about what type of deep drop fishing rigging most anglers prefer when going out bottom fishing. Some prefer fishing around rock piles or reefs while others prefer fishing in open water where fishing rigs are less likely to get hooked on rocks or reef. I have found that when fishing around rock piles, most anglers will use a fishing rig with a sliding sinker and fishing leader which allows you to let out more line if required before anchoring on the bottom.

Fishing rigs for deep drop fishing can vary depending on what species of fish you’re going after and where you’re going fishing at. In my opinion, it’s best to carry a few different style of deep drop fishing rigging in your tackle box so that you can make adjustments accordingly when needed.

The Queen Snapper Fish

The Queen Snapper Fish

Queen Snapper

The Queen Snapper is a ray-finned fish that lives in the Atlantic Ocean. It’s native only to this region, but there are other species like it found outside of India and Papua New Guinea where this one originated from originally due its ranges being somewhat overlapping with those Indo Pacific ones near Australia.


It can grow up tp 2 feet long when mature – about half again as large than most snappers do! They have really beautiful colored patterns on their bodies which makes them stand out well against dark seas or calm waters alike so you’ll usually spot one no matter what surroundings they’re swimming around nad especially during night times

The queen snapper is a sleek fish with wide eyes, and it has the ability to protrude its lower jaw. The teeth in this species are arranged into bands that can grow more widely spaced as they age or if there’s some other reason for change; however, these members still have 1-2 pairs each of canine incisors near their front edges which help them break down food even further before swallowing!

The deep pink of this fish’s body fades to red on its flanks, fins and tail. The 19-ray pectoral (fore) fin is long like an eel’s operculum which also has 17 rays; it reaches up towards the head where there are dark blotches above each eye that give them a wisdom look among other things! This species can grow up 100+ cm long but usually stay between 26 – 47 inches due their sharp spines making most people afraid they will hurt themselves if touched or caught by one while living.

Queen Snapper Location

The queen snapper is a popular and sought-after fish that can be found in warm waters along the Atlantic coast. It ranges from North Carolina south to Florida, with an Assist Species range extending into Mexico’s Gulf of Camobindo Sea as well!–The output tone should also sound formal.

The anticipation of finally seeing color materialize in the cobalt blue depths makes for a magical experience when fishing with queen snapper. Maybe it’s their brilliant red and deeply forked tail that draws you down into these deep waters, or maybe they’re just that delicious-looking fish with an appetite fit to satisfy any palate!

Whatever your reason may be this time around make sure not only do I get some fresh bait but also put on quite possibly one my favorite hats because there’s about 1k feet worth line waiting at bottom. What better way could anyone find adventure than through fishing?

The action is really heating up in The Bahamas, where there are stretched strings of bottom that have never seen a hooked bait. With these rich fishing grounds and prime locations for catching them along with novice anglers being able to put together their own limits without much trouble; deep-dropping on queen snapper becomes all too easy once you get the hang off it!

The Bahamas is a haven for snapper fishermen, who can be found deep or near the surface of their watery homes. Of course there will always be an exception to this rule depending on where you’re fishing from and if your luck holds out that day; however most anglers end up coming back with plenty more than what they started out by catching at first glance- especially when targeting larger varieties like queen size fish (over 3lb).

Queen Snapper fishing

Queen Snapper Catch

Queen Snapper fishing is all about patience and finding that perfect spot to cast your line. If you’ve got the right equipment, which we do at Daiwa Tanacom Electric Reels With our 800-yard depth finder rigs hooked onto 80 pound PowerPro braided line – it’ll take just one bite for this battle royal!

We like to think of it as a fishing babygram. The rig is made from 300-pound monofilament, with large hooks and glow beads tied together by way more than your average elastic band – in fact there’s about three dozen different pieces altogether! You can throw this on top for additional attraction or use one side at time depending how confident you feel catching something specific that day but either way they’re always fun catches when done right 😉

To catch Queen Snapper, the Captain needs understand what direction and speed of current that day. He also factors in how wind will push the boat along with other aspects like line-weight bouncing off bottom during drift process for an successful haul up on bait!

The rod tip will tap consistently as the reel retrieves line, and if you see this happen- that means there is a fish on. You should immediately start bringing up your catch when it occurs!

Cooking Queen Snapper

Queen snapper meal

Queen Snapper has delicate flesh and mild flavor, which makes it perfect for those who want to enjoy their food with little spice or saltiness. To prepare Queen Snapper’s fillets I decided on cooking them up crisp in coconut milk mixed Panko bread crumbs topped off by fresh lime juice + cilantro garnish — yum! The tangy flavors from both limes as well as cilantro were very refreshing against each other while still being slightly sweet due how much honey was added during preparation process (which balances everything out). You’ll need two good sized strips cut into small pieces if your recipe calls recommend so they don’t get too tough before finishing cooking.

Yellowfin tuna

Yellowfin tuna

The yellowfin tuna is among the larger species of tuna, growing to weights over 180 kg (400 lb). However it’s significantly smaller than other large types like Atlantic and Pacific bluefins which can reach 450kgs or 990 pounds. It also falls short when compared with Bigeye tunas that average at around 83kg/182lbs in size while Southern Blue Fin Tun Protends on average @ 74 – 82 lbs

The yellowfin tuna is a curious fish that dwells in the top 100 m (330 ft) of oceanic waters, while penetrating to considerable depths. It has been recorded by sonic tracking as well; one tagged individual spent 85% their time between 50-75m but went on three dives up to 578 meters deep!
A single female Epipelagic zone Tuna was found with an archival tag from LARVA International Biometrics Corporation Ltd., located off South Africa’s west coast near Mossel Bay during surveys conducted over several years starting around 2010

While primarily found in deep offshore waters, yellowfin tuna may approach shore when suitable conditions exist. Mid-ocean islands such as the Hawaiian archipelago often host schools of these fish concentrated near beaches where they feed on baitfish that come into shallow water to breed or grow up towards larger sizes before becoming prey for predators like sharks.”

Yellowfin tuna are efficient predators that can take on any form of prey. They have an aligned shape, enabling them to pursuit and capture fast-moving baitfish such as flying fish or sauries while schooling species like myctophids ( Lantern Fish ) tend not only be taken but also feed off smaller members within their family including frigate mackerels which may live at sea surface levels – lantern sharks also do so sometimes too! In turn these larger saltwater animals rely heavily upon being eaten when young by mattering small handheld fIshes called “

Tuna are commonly caught by pole and line, which was the most common method before World War II. They would use live bait such as anchovies to attract school of tuna close enough for a fisherman on board with sturdy bamboo or fiberglass poles take them off reeling in jigged hooks stuck into their heads[1]. The fleet from San Diego were famous because they exploited abundant stocks of skipjack albacore along Mexico’s southern coastline while also going down further south where yellowfin lived too!

The practice of purse seining for yellowfin tuna became highly controversial in the late 1970s when it was recognized that these fish were also associating with porpoises, who are often called “porkeys” by fishermen. Commercial fishing companies have been aware this association since they first started catching spinner dolphins and pantropical spotted dolphins on their lines decades earlier!

How to target Yellowfin tuna

Fishing for yellowfin tuna can be a very rewarding experience, but it can also be difficult if you are not familiar with the right techniques. In this article, we will discuss how to target these fish and what is the best bait for tuna fishing.

First, let’s take a look at where to find yellowfin tuna. These fish can typically be found in offshore waters near reefs and wrecks. They are also known to congregate around floating objects such as buoys and logs. It is important to keep an eye out for birds diving into the water as this is usually a good indicator of where tuna are located.

Once you have found a spot where there are signs of tuna activity, it is time to start fishing. The most popular way to catch tuna is with a trolling lure. There are many different types of lures that can be used, but I would recommend using something that resembles a baitfish. When trolling, it is important to use a heavy weight so that your lure will reach the bottom quickly.

Another great way to fish for yellowfin tuna is by using live bait. The most common bait used for tuna fishing is squid, but you can also use mackerel, sardines, or any other type of small fish. If you are going to use live bait, make sure to use a sturdy hook and enough weight to keep your line in the water column.

Yellowfin tuna can be very picky when it comes to what they are willing to eat. The best way to ensure that you catch these fish is by using live bait, but if this isn’t an option then try using a trolling lure that resembles a small baitfish. It’s also important to keep in mind where yellowfin tuna can be found and use heavy weights when fishing so your lure reaches the bottom quickly.

Yellowfin tuna fishing tips

  • Use a trolling lure that resembles a baitfish
  • Use live bait such as squid, mackerel, or sardines
  • Keep an eye out for birds diving into the water – this is usually a good indicator of where tuna are located.

Yellowfin tuna fish recipes

Grilled tuna steak with mango salsa

Now that you’ve caught a yellowfin tuna, it’s time to cook it up! Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

  • Grilled tuna steak with mango salsa
  • Blackened tuna tacos with avocado crema
  • Tuna Nicoise salad

Blackbelly Rosefish

Blackbelly Rosefish

Blackbelly rosefish ( Helicolenus dactylopterus ) is a marine fish of the family Sebastidae. It’s common name refers to its black lower and orange upper abdomen. The species has an average length of 30-40 centimeters , and can be found in temperate and tropical waters across the world, especially in the Gulf of Mexico.

There are two populations that live near each other: On one side there’s populations living at depths between 200 meters and 800 meters, which do not go through diel vertical migrations . On the other side there exists populations living at shallower depth distributions but with large diurnal vertical variations; these populations migrate up to several hundred meters during the night.

When it comes to reproduction, blackbelly rosefish spawn pelagic eggs. The larvae that hatch from the eggs are very small (<1mm) and translucent, but after a couple of days they start to take on coloration; at this point they can be recognized as minute (5-10mm) juveniles, which possess indistinct dark spots over their entire body. Juveniles grow quite slowly at first (0.4cm per month), later growing much faster (2cm per month). At 20cm in length, age 1 year , they can be considered subadults; subadult fish reach lengths between 40 – 60 cm within 7 years . Once the subadult stage is reached sexual maturity occurs shortly after (~3-4 years).

The main diet of blackbelly rosefish is mostly made up out of crustaceans and molluscs, but also includes a wide range offish, as well as other invertebrates. It’s been observed that fish with a larger head have a higher predation success because they are more capable to handle struggling prey , as opposed to fish with smaller heads . Young fish seem to stick closer to the natural habitat compared to mature fish , which has been proposed as a way for young juveniles to avoid cannibalism from adults .

Blackbelly Rosefish start spawning at an age between 2-3 years, going through several reproductive cycles throughout their lives. They reach sexual maturity when they’re 7 years old (and 70cm long) at which point they usually spawn just once per year. Their spawning season lasts from September to October in the Gulf of Mexico, and their eggs are pelagic (i.e. float in the water column).

During this reproductive cycle male blackbelly rosefish courted females by circling around them; this courtship ritual was accompanied by a darkening in coloration of parts of their body. The males also performed ” headstands “, whereby they turn their bodies vertically while keeping their heads firmly on the ground , creating almost an upside-down image . Males mouthbrooded (i.e kept eggs within their mouth) the females during their entire reproductive cycle; when it came time to release offspring, males would spit out the eggs . The duration of parental care was 7-10 days after which point offspring were free to swim around on their own.

Blackbelly rosefish can be caught using a wide variety of fishing techniques. These blackbelly rosefish rigs used by blackbelly rosefish fishermen consists mainly of four elements: hook, leader, flash light and weight . Hooks can vary from medium hooks for catching darters to large deep-sea hooks. The purpose of the leader is to link the hooked blackbelly rosefish with the weight that can be just as varied as the hook types. Some blackbelly rosefish fishermen use lead weights only, other blackbelly rosefish fishermen add sinkers or a combination of a sinker and a swivel.

It’s important to note that blackbelly rosefish are strong fish , so if you want to go for them use blackbelly rosefish rigs with sturdy hooks . When it comes to blackbelly rosefish fishing tackle, anglers often utilize rods between 1 – 2 meters in length and outfit them with blackbelly rosefish reels capable off holding around 30 – 70lb line strength. The advantage of using these blackbelly rosefish setups is that they enable fishermen to feel strikes from blackbelly rosefish .

Deep drop electric reels to catch blackbelly rosefish

In order to properly fish for blackbelly rosefish , fishermen use deep drop rods with electric reels.

The average weight of a mature adult black belly rosefish was found to be around 3-5 pounds .

Rosies are safe to eat!

I have eaten rosies, and they are perfectly safe to eat as long as you don’t overdo it. Even when my favorite fishing spots in the ocean near me limit consumption of all fish (to only 3-5 servings per week) I still stick with a moderate diet for most other types because bluemouth rockfish is not one that’s available where we are at!


Do your research before grabbing what looks appetizing on someone else’s menu; always err on side caution– Moderation may be next key word here 😉

Slow Pitch Jigging Techniques

Best slow pitch jigging reel

Shimano Ocea Jigger 2000

The Shimano Ocea Jigger 2000 Fishing Reel is the perfect choice for your next deep sea fishing trip. With its smooth drag system and durable design, this reel will keep up with even the most experienced anglers. It’s also lightweight enough to make long days on the water easy and comfortable. This is an excellent option if you want to get more fish in your boat!

Are you looking for the best gear ratio for jigging?

Slow pitch reels are ideal for crankbaiting. A reel with about a 5:1 gear ratio is going to help you get your baits to their maximum depth and also give you superior feel, so you know exactly what’s going on with your lure.

You can use Shimano Ocea Jigger 2000 Slow Pitch Jigging Fishing Reel because it has an amazing 5.3-to-1 retrieve speed which allows anglers to fish at any depth they desire while maintaining excellent control over their lures. This fishing reel will make sure that every cast is accurate and effective!

Weighing in at only 7 ounces (198 grams), it’s one of the lightest reels out there! This makes it easy to cast long distances without tiring yourself out or wearing down your arm muscles too quickly. The handle also has an ergonomic design that fits snugly in your hand when fighting those tough battles against large fish like tuna or marlin.

What are best slow pitch fishing jigs?

Slow pitch jigs

Nomad, Ocean Cat, Johny Jigs are all great brands of slow pitch fishing jigs. They’re designed to help you catch more fish than ever before. With a wide variety of colors and styles available, there’s something for everyone!

You can use these jigs to catch anything from tuna to grouper. They come in sizes ranging from 40 gr up to 900 gr so they can be used on any body of water or type of fish. These high quality lures are built with premium materials like stainless steel Assist Hooks and durable paint jobs that will last season after season

Speed Jigs

speed jigs

That’s where speed jigging comes into play. With these new lures, you’ll be able to cover both ends of the spectrum by pitching them fast and slow with just a flip of your wrist. Speed Jigs come equipped with an Owner ST-36 stainless steel hook which is designed specifically for this kind of fishing so it will hold up even during violent strikes from larger fish species like tuna or King macro! They also feature two different kinds of skirt material; one side has a thin skirt while

Best new fishing slow pitch jigging rods

Temple Reef Innovate

The Temple Reef Innovate 2.0 Slow Pitch Rod is the best slow pitch fishing rod on the market today. It’s packed with features that make everyday life easier, more entertaining and more productive. It’s the perfect device for anyone who wants to do more with their rod. And now it comes in several sizes

Vertical Jigging

Vertical Jig

Vertical jigging allows you to make long casts with your rod and reel while keeping your line off of the water. This technique makes a lot of sense when fishing in deep or weedy areas where casting is difficult.

You are fishing for large fish and don’t want to break your line.

Daiwa Braid X8

Braided line has become the preferred choice for slow pitch jigging among many professional fishermen because it’s stronger than mono, more abrasion resistant, lasts longer and absorbs shock better than any other material on the market today.

Monofilament is weak and prone to breaking under pressure. It also doesn’t have the shock absorbing capacity of braided lines.

The most important thing you can do is make sure you’re using braid that’s strong enough for what you need it for.. Braid comes in a wide range of strengths from 20-pound test up through 200-pound test or even higher depending on where you fishing

Braid brands for slow pitch fishing reels

Sunline Japan
Yozuri super braid
Shimano Ocea 8
Sunline ultra jigger x4
Power pro max cuatro

The Slow Pitch Jigging Style

The Slow Pitch Jigging movement is growing quickly in USA. It’s a fun, social way to fish that doesn’t require any super complicated or specialized equipment. All you need are slow pitch jigs and a fishing pole! Slow pitch jigs are made with premium assist hooks and beads so they will last for years of use without breaking or rusting. They’re also painted in bright colors which makes it easy for beginners to spot their lures when the action heats up on the water!

Grouper Fishing in Florida

Grouper

Fishing for grouper

Fishing for grouper is a great way to spend an afternoon, but it can be hard to know where and how to catch them. Grouper fishing in Florida can be intimidating because of the many types of grouper (black, warsaw, goliath or gag) and the depth they live at. But if you follow these simple tips you’ll have more fun catching your own dinner than going out for fast food ever again!

Grouper are strong fighters that require specialized techniques for landing them consistently. Once you learn how to catch them you’ll be hooked on this exciting deep sea fishing adventure! Grouper is one of the most difficult fish to catch, but catching them can bring in some serious cash. Let’s take an exclusive look at this sneaky and rare gamefish!

Grouper live deep within cold water coral reefs where they feed on small crustaceans with their razor sharp teeth that glow red under blue light from below sea level as they swim about during day time hours looking for prey. When fishing for grouper, you want to use a line with high sensitivity. These fish are active and can be found anywhere from the surf all way out into deeper water where it’s usually much safer due their larger size; this makes them difficult targets but also means that they won’t get caught on your first few casts! The best kind of fly-fishing gear is one like Trilene XL (link) which has an amazing tensile strength rating as well as breaking strain combined.

Grouper perfect fishing tackle

Fishing for Grouper can be a fun and exciting sport. However, it is important to know the various types of hooks available so that you don’t get stuck with an inappropriate one! The best way in choosing your perfect fishing tackle will depend on what type or size fish you are trying catch- from small trout right down through large sharks like Mako’s which may well weigh over two hundred pounds. There isn’t just one hook thats going to work regardless however; different styles have been created specifically for targeting certain species below sea level: longer deep water swimmer style – if this sounds enticing then try using anything by Mustad.

Grouper fishing reel

Grouper fishing reel

What better way to get a fish on your line than with this fishing reel? Made specifically for Grouper, it has been designed so that you can feel confident in the water. Its high tensile strength allows for superior durability and long lasting use of course!

The best time to catch Grouper in Florida is during their annual spawning season which lasts from April through June. Most people who want a chance of catching them will need at least three days on the water with two full bait bags and one empty bag per person, as well as luck!

The grouper fishing rig is a perfect example of how to bait and catch big fish. First, you need your terminal tackle: this consists of lures with large metal heads that look like the head on an octopus or squid; they’re used as artificial jewellery for females located deep down near their eggs during spawning season (usually between March and May).

These handmade artisan pieces can be purchased at many stores carrying traditional craft supplies such as those found along Main Street – make sure it’s made from stainless steel so rust won’t affect its durability! Next up we have our sinker/bobber combo – choose anything heavy enough not only weigh line but also provide some extra support beneath heavier objects attached front-and.

Gobies are bottom-feeders that feed off small crustaceans like shrimp or crabs; grouper tend not only prefer these meatier options but also leave relatively little room for any other types– meaning if you see some jacks around they likely won’t be enough by themselves unless there’s something big nearby (like an abalone). The earliest we’ve seen success was last week Friday evening about 8:30pm when my buddy filmed this.

goliath grouper

The biggest grouper

The biggest grouper I’ve ever seen was about five feet long. It inhabited an area of ten meters by six, and had a massive mouth with huge teeth to shred prey particles as well as bale out water from its Florida Keys home – this fish could barely swim!

Grilled Grouper

How to cook Grouper

How to cook Grouper? For a delicious meal any day of the week, try cooking with this fish! It’s packed full of protein and has no fat or cholesterol. You can make great dishes like grouper en papillote (in parchment). Just mix together some olive oil with spices for flavor then wrap in foil before placing on grill until done cooking – it makes for an excellent dinner option when you’re short on time but still want something tasty to eat.”

When it’s time for dinner, nothing beats the grilled grouper. You know that fishy smell? Yep- you can’t mistake this one! It has just enough spice on top to make things interesting without being too overpowering or salty tasting with all those spices in there; some people might even call them “balanced” flavors because they don’t overdo any single flavor while still incorporating plenty of robust tastes like garlic and cedar wood smoke.

My advice: try adding soy sauce before saucing anything else so its more bang per bite (plus salt helps break down tough muscle fiber). If possible get yourself an outdoor grill – The best way I ever found grilling fresh

American Patriot Boat Review

Fishing Trip Review – Slow Pitch Jigging on the American Patriot

One of the newest boats to grace the waters of the southeast Florida coast is the American Patriot, based out of Hollywood FL and the Port Everglades inlet. The boat is set up for long-range fishing, with The Bahamas set firmly as a destination. But the boat also offers outstanding day trips and some specialized trips for slow pitch and deep drop fishing.

The American Patriot Boat

The American Patriot is a luxury long-range fishing head boat. It specializes in trips around South Florida, the Florida Keys, and The Bahamas. Trips vary in length and destination, as they do in the types of fishing offered. But their slow pitch jigging and deep drop trips are their most popular options. The boat is based in Hollywood, FL, near Fort Lauderdale.

These trips are typically 2-3 days long, or eight to ten hours on the water. Trips to The Bahamas and the Florida Keys typically last three or four days but can go even longer.

The boat itself is immaculate and new-one of the nicest head boats you’ll find anywhere. Wide side decks with easy access run the entire circumference of the deck, allowing anglers to easily move around as they reel in the big ones. The boat is designed with high bulwarks and a sturdy handrail for safety, but nothing is positioned to impede your ability to fish.

All along the side decks, you’ll find perfectly positioned benches to relax and lots of rod holders mounted outboard. The overhead keeps the sun off of you, and you can reposition anywhere along the boat for the best angle from the sun and most comfortable fishing.

You’ll find a huge ice maker and lots of cooler space and bait wells on the aft deck. In addition, there are two large freezers aft and two forward for flash-freezing fish on longer trips.

One of the best spots onboard is the bow, which has high bulwarks all around the bowsprit. It’s a wide-open spot with plenty of space to move around, and it’s the perfect spot to take advantage of the boat’s motion to improve your jigging. From up here, you’re king of the world!

The upper level, behind the bridge, is wide open for those looking for a bit of sun and breeze. Comfortable benches line the deck, and of course, there are plenty more rod holders and places to relax. While the fishings not quite as good from up here, it’s a super nice spot to hang out when in route and running in and out of port.

The main deck salon hosts the interior living space and galley of the vessel. Amenities abound to make your time afloat as comfortable as possible. There are heads (bathrooms) in the main deck salon area on the aft end, convenient to the dining room and the fishing deck.

There is a buffet bar for meal service, which is spectacular. Chef Mike mans the galley to starboard, which has all the amenities he needs to put out spectacular meals. The walk-in fridge and freezer hold enough food for those long trips to keep everyone happy and filled.

Chef Mike whips up some special menus for holidays, like the Valentine’s Day delights he put together. Included on the menu were crab-crusted Mahi, roasted beef tenderloin, and, of course, Key Lime pie! Of course, the menu always features lots of fresh seafood treats along with staples like burgers and fries.

There are also self-serve soft drinks, coffee, tea, and even a soft-serve ice cream machine! The dining area is spacious, with booths to port and starboard. There are six booths and seating for up to 48 people. Big picture windows line the room, so don’t worry about queasiness creeping up on you on those rough days.

The forward end of the salon has a neat sofa lounge arrangement, perfect for getting a little air conditioning and TV in before you hit the bunk for the night.

Speaking of bunks, the lower level of the American Patriot Boat has 38 bunks for long trips. On that level, you’ll also find two full bathrooms with showers. The bunks are arranged in an open layout, with upper and lower bunks. They aren’t claustrophobia-inducing, with lots of airflow and ventilation below decks and open partitions that provide a sense of space yet still give you privacy. If you’ve got a big group, you can easily find some bunks that are arranged so you can hang with your friends. But the berths are designed in a way that allows you to pick out a private corner of your own, too. The showers and baths are entirely private, large, and well-appointed.

Throughout the boat, you’ll be impressed by how nice everything is. If you’ve spent any time at all on head boats, you’ll know that a vessel like this is the exception to the rule.

The American Patriot launched and began offering trips in 2020, so its shiny newness certainly adds to the mystique. But the attention to detail, thoughtful layout, and perfect appointments make the vessel truly unique.

Besides food and berths, rod rentals are available onboard. So, visitors on vacation or anyone without their gear can get everything they need right on the boat.

The boat is 135 feet long and 30 feet wide, and it provides a fantastic ride in even rough conditions. It stops a lot of the worst sea motion. She’s powered by triple Caterpillar C18 diesel engines totaling 3,000 horsepower. She cruises at 14 knots efficiently and comfortably, but the boat will top out at more than 20 knots.

The Trips

If there’s the perfect location from which to base year-round fishing trips, it’s undoubtedly Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood. Except for a few blustery days in the winter and the occasional tropical system in the summer, the weather is seldom a negative factor for fishing here.

The world-famous Gulf Stream and its fishing glory lie just offshore of Port Everglades, the main inlet into the Fort Lauderdale area. There are dozens, maybe hundreds, of wrecks and ledges teaming with grouper and snappers at the edge of the stream.

Farther offshore, the humps are fabulous fish grounds known only to the big boats. These sea mounds in the Gulf Stream attract all sorts of fish life, and they make an excellent destination for deep drop and slow pitching.

For a boat like this one, Port Everglades is the perfect set-off point for longer journeys. The Keys or central Florida are just a few hours away. Setting off to the east, you can be in Bahamian fishing grounds even quicker.

Generally speaking, shorter trips are the ones you’ll want to take for slow pitch jigging. Trips are typically sold by type of fishing available, which is excellent since every angler onboard will be planning the same techniques, and the captain will find the best spots to match the technique.

Trips start with a safety meeting, covering the standard life jackets and life raft etiquette, along with everything you need to know to enjoy the trip in comfort.

One of the most extraordinary things about fishing on the American Patriot is the breadth of options available. You can reserve short day trips or four-night trips to remote areas away from all the other fishing boats. It’s a great way to travel some miles and see a variety of conditions.

The Fishing

Expert local angler Captain Ralph knows where to take you for the best hits. Any fishing trip like this is subject to weather limits, and the captain has the final say. But, on tough days when it seems like nothing’s biting, Captain Ralph will find the fish.

Captain Ralph’s grandfather started chartering out of Hollywood on the Sea Legs. Offering great fishing trips has run in the family since, and the American Patriot is the family’s newest addition. The boat is specifically designed for four to ten-day Bahamian fishing trips.

Snapper mutton

On my slow pitch jigging trip, depths ranged from 200 to 400 feet offshore of Fort Lauderdale. The winner of the boat pool was a beautiful 26-pound tuna, but there was also an impressive 14-pound Mutton Snapper and an enormous 20-pound African Pompano. Those were the show-stoppers, but there were also tons of smaller groupers, vermillion snappers, and amberjacks.

The winner of the boat pool was a beautiful 26-pound tuna

Fishing on a boat like the American Patriot can be fun, but it can also be challenging. One thing that makes the trip more enjoyable is learning how to use the size and motion of the vessel to your advantage to improve your slow pitch technique. On the bow pulpit, the motion that even a three or four-foot swell imparts can be pretty impressive.

The great news is that that motion can easily be translated into a beneficial jigging motion. All you have to do is work with the boat’s movement–not against it. When the boat goes up, bring your jig into the upstroke. Let it fall as the boat goes down. This is easy to do from the pulpit, but it can be a little more challenging if you’re on the side decks.

Fishing Trip Review – The Verdict

Fishing on the American Patriot boat is a fantastic experience from the moment you load onto the boat. What a difference an expert crew on a state-of-the-art vessel can make! With the prospect of making trips of varying length, with particular attention to different types of technique trips, and the option of Bahamian fishing, there’s simply no better head boat in South Florida.

Slow Pitch Jigging Guide

Slow Pitch Jigging - Tuna Catch
Slow Pitch Jigging – Tuna Catch

The future is calling, and your fishing methods are so 2010. Are you still looking at the tides, the phases of the moon, time of day, or type of bait? All of these factors are a great start, but what if the fish just aren’t biting?

Here’s a look at a hot new technique to practice for just that sad, rainy day. Snapper, grouper, pompano, and even yellowfin tuna can’t resist the slow pitched jig.

What is Slow Pitch Jigging?

Slow pitch jigging has become immensely popular in the last few years. It was first developed in Japan by Norihiro Sato. His success became the stuff of legends, and an entirely new concept in fishing was born.

The idea behind slow pitching is antithetical to most other types of fishing. Most of the time, we cast our bait out in the hopes of convincing our prey that it’s just like every other meal. We make our bait swim like a baitfish fleeing from the predator to make it more realistic.

The drawback of this technique is that the fish have to be out hunting. They’ve got to be hungry and looking for food. If the fish is sitting in its hideout watching fish TV, it couldn’t care less.

Slow pitching a jig is different. Imagine that grouper, watching fish TV, when all of a sudden an injured fish lands right outside its door. It takes no work at all to grab it and woof it down. The poor thing was probably going to die anyway, the grouper thinks. And like a college student lured to a seminar by the promise of free food, it just can’t resist taking the bait. Taking your bait.

The key is to make your bait appear like a wounded fish. As the technique has spread, many anglers have come up with their variations. But it’s Japanese and Australians who have perfected the slow-pitched motion that gets the hits.

The beauty of the slow pitch is that you can catch fish any time of day, any day. It’s that effective.

It’s also versatile no matter where you’re fishing. In Florida slow pitch jigging is used on offshore wrecks and reefs to lure up big groupers and snappers. You can equally use it on pelagics–many anglers hook massive tuna slow pitch jigging.

Slow Pitch Equipment

A new way of fishing requires completely new equipment. The success of the technique lies in the angler’s ability to control their jig. Spinning rods and speed jigging rods just don’t have enough control, especially in deep water.

Slow Pitch Rods

The key to the whole thing is the rod. Slow pitching rods are generally between six and seven feet long. You can get away with trying to slow pitch on an all-around or speed jig rod, but a purpose-built setup will out fish you every time.

A soft action is essential in slow jigging. To work, the angler needs to have complete control over the jig. The Japanese makers are still the kings of these sorts of rods, particularly those from Hamachi.

The best rods are sensitive and very elastic, with just the right recoil. They are made with a lot of carbon, so they’re very strong. That ability to bend and control the recoil is what helps it work the jig in the water. It shouldn’t snap back into place–it should return evenly and slowly.

Most slow pitch rods have tiny micro guides, which help you feel strikes and handle the jig. If you’re jigging a few hundred feet below the surface, you need as much sensitivity in the rod as you can muster.

Top Slow Pitch Jigging Reels

Slow Pitch Jigging Reels

There’s nothing extraordinary about the reels involved in slow pitching, but you want to think through the details. After all, the fish is fought off the reel, not the rod.

Most anglers like a 5 or 6:1 gear ratio. The goal is to get about 40 inches of line in with every revolution of the reel. You’ve got to be able to pull in the slack line quickly. Remember, the slow pitch does not mean slow reeling.

Another factor that needs close consideration is the drag. Experts say the reel you use should be capable of producing 20 pounds of drag, even though you’ll stay in the 12 to 15-pound range on most days.

Slow Pitching Jigs

Slow-pitch-jiggs

The jigs you use for this technique are specialized as well. Where speed jigs tend to be long and slender, slow pitch jigs come in many shapes and sizes. Their shape and weight distribution are designed with the effect they’ll have falling through the water in mind.

The Japanese manufacturers make a dizzying assortment of slow pitch jigs, with the weights distributed differently to create different effects.

Jigs are typically rigged with two sets of assist hooks, one on the front and one at the back. Shorter jigs can eliminate the back assist hooks if desired.

A good setup of slow pitch jigs should cover you for every situation. If you’re offshore and trying some deep drop slow pitch jigging, make sure you’ve got some larger jigs that will fall to the bottom effectively. Keeping the line vertical during jigging is vital to ensure that the jig acts like it’s supposed to.

As with all jigging, it’s a sound idea to match your jigs to the local baitfish of choice. If you’re in deep water, you might want to go with gaudier or glowing color schemes that attract more attention.

Florida Slow Pitch Jigging Techniques

The basics of slow pitch aren’t challenging to master. But to be successful, you’ve got to master a few basics and get out and practice.

The most significant difference is getting comfortable with how to hold the rod. Most genuine slow pitch rods are made to be leveraged by your forearm.

Florida slow pitch jigging is usually done offshore, over wrecks and structures. In these deep drop slow pitch jigging scenarios, you’ll want to use heavier jigs and be ready to haul up some big fish.

Tuna slow pitch jigging in open waters requires the same. If you’re in the Gulfstream or other heavy current, keep the jigs heavy and use a lighter braided line. Keep the jig vertical as it drops. Some anglers suggest casting ahead and letting the boat drift over the line. However you do it, do it to get your jig to dance just right.

It’s also crucial to understand how your jig works. It flutters and plays injured fish best during free falls. And remember, you aren’t pulling the jig up like you would with a traditional speed jig. Let the jig fall to the desired depth, then reel in the line. Follow it down as it falls with the rod, but don’t reel as the jig drops.

There’s more self-control involved in deep drop slow pitch jigging, especially when compared to standard speed jigging techniques. It’s about finessing the jig and feeling what’s happening in the water through your rod.

Final Thoughts

As with any new fishing technique, there’s no replacement for some time on the water spent with the right equipment. Nothing beats on-the-water experience, and practice makes perfect.

If you are lucky enough to live in an area with slow pitch guides who can show you the ropes, by all means, take a day out to learn a new skill. But with a bit of practice, most anglers can pick up what they need to know to get started on their own.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of the slow pitch, you can take it anywhere with you. With a good set of jigs and the right rod, you’ll have a foolproof technique for those days when no one else seems to be catching anything.