2008 Fred Hall Long Beach Coverage
Fred Hall Long Beach Show: Part 2 - Saltwater Coverage (continued)
The Technique: Though bottom fishing
isn't new this system is so there's a short learning curve. Many anglers will
learn how to fish the Lucanus jigging system after a few tries but we got the
inside scoop directly from Shimano on this fishing technique and the best method on
working the entire setup.
The rod features a unique
hook-keeper integrated into the handle
First the selection of the Lucanus Jigs. When I go
rockcod fishing with irons like the Megabait Live Jigs, I hit up the bigger
sizes for deeper waters. That's different with the Lucanus Jigs because of the
hydrodynamic design. You can easily fish the two ounce lure and still fish deep
waters. These lures will drop down to the bottom quickly when matched with the
right reel and line.
Both hooks can be attached into
the multi-holed hook-keeper. Notice the contour of the hypalon is carved to fit
the profile of the Lucanus Jig
Speaking on the line, here's what Robby Gant of
Shimano recommends anglers to spool up on the Calcutta TE 400LJV. First spool
the reel using your favorite 20 to 30 pound braided line. Then add a
monofilament wind-on leader exclusively designed for the Lucanus jigging
technique. The mono line stretches allowing the fish to almost hook itself by
alleviating any tension.
Justin Poe of Shimano teaches
anglers how to fish with the Lucanus Jig System
Now that you have your gear and it is matched with
the right line and lure size, it's time to go bottom fishing. You can pretty
much work the lure as you would any other iron baits and will most likely catch
fish but to be most effective with the Lucanus jig here's what Shimano
recommends. "The technique is a simple drop the jig to the bottom, slowly
retrieve seven to eight cranks, do a freespool drop, slowly retrieve again until
you hook up," says Gant. "You'll quickly get a feel of where in the water column
the fish are, and can target that depth on your next drop."
The Calcutta TE 400LJV is a
perfect size for vertical jigging
Because of the double Owner hook system,
Robby Gant says that when you feel the bite, instead of a quick hookset you
might do if you had an iron down below, you want to keep reeling and lift the
rod tightly until the fish hooks itself. By applying this reel and lift
technique your hook-up ratio will surely increase.
Robby shows Zander all the
complete Lucanus Jig System
Accessories: The Lucanus Jig System isn't
only the jig, rod, and reel but also includes accessories to complete the
formula. Shimano offers replacement skirts and trailers in the matching colors,
replacement double hooks, and Shimano's exclusive wind-on monofilament leaders
in 20, 30, or 40 pound test. In addition, like the unique hook-keeper for the
Lucanus jigs, Shimano has introduced a Jig storage bag which includes two 3600
size boxes with waterproof PVC lure beds and custom cut dividers to separate the
jig heads from the hooks and trailers. The Jig Storage Bag retails for $39.99.
Replacement skirts/trailers $2.00. Replacement multiple hooks $5.99. Wind-on
leaders for $12.99.
Section: Fin-Nor's Big Game trolling reel