Re: Snagging Tarpon

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Posted by Martin Bowers on 2013-04-23 01:18:33 in reply to Re: Snagging Tarpon posted by BIll Bishop on 2013-04-21 05:02:56

The pass jig is a strange looking contraption but I don't think anyone would pick a circle hook as the ideal snagging hook. Here's an article from Bass Pro Shops on how to build the circle hook / jig combo and where / how to fish it all over the SE US.
Bouncer Smith strongly recommends a circle hook in front of a topwater plug when targeting tarpon because they will hit the plug but are so hard to hook in the mouth with treble or single J hooks. I don't think a topwater plug makes a good snagging lure except maybe for flying fish. :)

I think the jig could outfish the live bait because the tarpon are not that hungry and are not interested in chasing down something lively like a big live bait. A wounded little minnow barely shaking its tail in front of them that they can just inhale is worth the effort. Same reason flyfishing can be effective.

If the goal is snagging fish why do the jigs have rubber bodies with tails on them? Why not just use a lead weight? Why does a snagger need flurocarbon leader if the goal is snagging. I would think straight braided line would get behind the clipper even better than fluro if not attempting to get a bite out of the fish. Doc's Goofy jig is a jig lure with a weight molded around the belly of the hook. They work well on pompano but I haven't noticed a lot of foul hooking with them. If the goal is snagging why don't the jig fishermen use multiple circle hooks? Any good salmon snagging rig has at least a couple of hooks on it..

I don't think anyone needs to go swimming to get footage of the jig in action. All we need is a GoPro mounted 3 feet above the jig and see what happens..

In the meantime if a ban on all fishing in the Pass during tarpon season, regardless of method, is proposed to allow the tarpon to reproduce I'm all for that. I would like to see inlet fishing in the summer curtailed to save snook as well. There's almost always a few big breeder snook carcasses drifting around Jupiter Inlet every summer morning after chewing on a live bait, getting hauled over the gunnel for a picture, boga gripped for a weight and then dumped into some extra warm water..

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