Reef Fishing - Jigging Soft Plastics

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Instructor: Chris Rushford

Soft plastics rigged on the right jig head can create an irresistible presentation for big predatory reef fish. Learn from experienced fishermen to improve your fishing skills. Chris Rushford, of Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures, shares his jig fishing techniques, tackle, and soft plastic lures for reef fishing. Rig jigs for optimal swimming action and use the right jig heads, rod, spinning reel, line, leader, and knots to catch big fish.

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chart outlining key points of jigging with soft plastic lures for reef fishing

The area surrounding a reef is teeming with predatory fish that dart in and out of cover. These fish patrol the sandy edges, always on the lookout for their next meal. Dropping a soft plastic attached to a jig head into these zones can be unpredictable and exciting. Some reef inhabitants can be surprisingly large, so always be prepared.

Reef structures, varying in size, dot the oceans. Each reef is a unique ecosystem, home to a diverse range of species. Soft plastics rigged on a jig head are a universal favorite among anglers.

In the In The Spread fishing video, the journey to the eastern Indian Ocean unveils the secrets of jig fishing on the Rowley Shoals. These massive atolls, off Western Australia's coast, are teeming with large fish. The video emphasizes the sand holes on the reef's outer edge, a common feature in many reef systems.

Chris Rushford, the mate on Reel Teaser, showcases his approach to jig fishing in waters about 15-20 meters deep. The soft plastic on a jig head imitates a wounded baitfish, attracting predators like coral trout and black trevally.

Halco's range of soft plastics are a game-changer. Their lures, mimicking injured baitfish, are incredibly effective. It's essential to fish them close to the bottom, avoiding the corals that can snag your jig.

Creating erratic movements with your lures can drive fish into a frenzy. The soft plastics on the jigs are so lifelike that fish tend to hold onto them longer. Drifting over sand holes in about 20 meters of water is an effective strategy.

Understanding common jigging mistakes can give you an edge. Chris Rushford delves into the equipment he uses, from the jigging rod to the lures. The lures, especially, can be game-changers.

Exploring new fishing areas and learning diverse techniques can significantly enrich your fishing repertoire. Always strive to learn from the best and fish smartly.


Why is jig fishing effective near reefs?
Jig fishing, especially with soft plastics, mimics the movement of wounded baitfish, attracting predatory fish that inhabit the reefs.

What are the Rowley Shoals known for?
The Rowley Shoals are massive atolls off the coast of Western Australia, known for their rich coral reefs teeming with big fish.

How does Chris Rushford recommend fishing with jigs?
Chris emphasizes the importance of erratic movement, maintaining line tension, and ensuring the jig is close to the bottom but not snagging on corals.

What makes Halco soft plastics special?
Halco offers a range of soft plastics that effectively mimic injured baitfish, making them particularly attractive to predatory fish.

How can one avoid common jigging mistakes?
By learning from experts, understanding proper rigging techniques, and ensuring the jig remains in the target zone.

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