Slow pitch jigging in Maldives
Here is a report from Athhar in Maldives on his first slow pitch trip.
[highlight1 variation=”orange”]Rod[/highlight1] major craft gkj-b60/4sp
[highlight1 variation=”orange”]Reel[/highlight1] avet mxl 5.8
[highlight1 variation=”orange”]Line[/highlight1] 50lb tufline xp
[highlight1 variation=”orange”]Leader[/highlight1] 70lb mono
[highlight1 variation=”orange”]Jigs[/highlight1] opass 200g (I don’t remember the exact model but it’s a bottom weighted jig)
I went out last monday and tested out my major craft slow pitch rod. it was amazing!
I had the most amount of hook ups out of the 4 in the boat. the conditions were not very good that day. the wind was quite strong, so we were drifting really quickly. the first one i hooked up to was a tuna, didn’t know what type it was. when it started getting closer to the boat, it started running around sideways and managed to unhook itself somehow. but then after 2 more drops i hooked up to a good sized grouper.
and then again after 2 drops i got hooked up to a shark! hehe!
there wasn’t much activity for a while after that, since we changed the spot too. but then after we changed the spot one more time, it was awesome! once my jig hit the bottom, i started jigging and suddenly a huge one grabbed it and started running like hell! i had a couple of chances to reel in some line, and then the line started rising up. that’s when i knew something was wrong. and then in the distance about 70m from the boat we saw a sailfish jump. i was hooked onto a sailfish for the first time!!! but unfortunately, after that jump, it managed to cut the assist hook off 🙁
So i replaced the hook and started jigging again. and again i was onto a big one in no time! i couldn’t even pull the fish. for a while i thought it had gone into the rocks after taking my jig. but then this one started running like hell too! but somehow the line broke off near the jig, and it took off with my jig too.
[blockquote align=”center” variation=”silver”]Hahaha! So you got ripped off by all the big fish, huh?
haha! yeah, probably because I’m new to reeling in a fish like this. and with such light gear, I had to be careful too. since my other friend’s major craft slow pitch rod broke too. hehe!
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