Jigging mayhem at the Vernons

Attached are some pics from a recent jigging trip Fisho writer Peter Zeroni undertook to the Northern Territory’s Vernon Islands. Also on board Peter’s Barradiction were Fishing and Outdoor World’s Ronny Voukolos and Matty West, and their mate Carlo Esmaquel.

According to Peter:

Proceedings got off on the right foot with a triple hook-up on the first drop of the morning using some new assist-hook rigged Twisty jigs from Halco which worked well. The action was pretty much non-stop for the next couple of hours with plenty of thumping GTs and some nice Spanish and broad-bar macks spicing things up. The majority of fish were caught on knife jigs with the odd fish taken on smaller treble-rigged metal slugs. The presence of macks in the water column ensured that we had plenty of jigs snipped off on the drop – much to a certain tackle store owner’s sheepish delight!

For something a little different Matty “The Stig” West decided to push the envelope by using his tiny 1000-sized Shimano reel (with 10lb braid) and little 4-8lb Loomis spin stick to jig up an 8kg GT hooked on the bottom in 80 feet of water – a very impressive effort and testament to the quality of today’s fishing tackle.

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Most of the time the lads made good use of beefier & blinged-up jig sticks which make some wicked parabolic curves when fully loaded up. I was pretty impressed with Matty’s efforts on a little blue Maria jig stick, next to Ronny (who was using my Jigging Master/Trinidad combo) and the Stig was giving those GTs a real work-over.

Lastly, what really capped the day off (all up we did 173km) was the calm weather which made it an absolute privilege just to be out and about on the big blue (well green up here) given the windy conditions of late.

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