Epic Offshore Seabass Jigging out of Cape May, NJ

Discussion in 'Jigging and Popping' started by ksong, Jan 27, 2009.

  1. ksong

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    I made many numerous offshore seabass jigging trips for several years, but this trip shouldn't be easily duplicated in terms of quality and quantity.
    We ran 65 miles out of Cape May and we saw three boats driftng tightly. They were catching fish as many rods were bent, but we ran further to find our own spots. We made three long drift to scout the area and we marked whenever we hooked nice size seabass.
    Finally we could narrow down the areas where big seabass reside and made short drift over and over again. It paid off big time.
    I don't know how many seabass over 6 lbs we caught. Several seabass were 7 lbs and up. My biggest one is 8 lbs even. When I caught the fish, I thought it was about 7 1/2 lbs, but it hit 8 lbs mark when Mike weighed the fish with his boga grip.
    To make sure, I weighed the fish again with different scale on land last night and it hit 8 lbs mark again.

    All three of us used hammered diamond/regular diamond jigs. I use 7 1/2 flat hammered diamond jig and Mike used 9 oz flat hammered diamond jigs while Paul used different model of diamond jigs.
    All worked great, but my 7 1/2 flat hammered diamond jig worked like a magic. :)

    I used GLoomis Muskie 7'6" rod rated 250 50 lbs as Paul did.
    My choice of reel was Saltiga 50 filled with 30 lbs Tuf braided line with 40 lbs mono topshot.

    It was Mike's first time offshore seabass trip and he did very well with Shimano's Trevala rod.

    I jigged slowly and gentlely lifting rod off the bottom.
    The other technique worked great for me was SQUIDDING used by cod jig fishermen. I just cranked 10 -20 times steadily when bites were slow and had at least 10 nice seabass with the technique.

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    fighting a nice seabass with Gloomis 7'7" rod and Saltiga 15
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    Mike fighting a seabass with a Shimano Trevala rod.
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    my 8 oz bass
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    Mike's 32 ft Fast Forward.
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  2. peterk814

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    looks like a great trip kil, congrats. Ive been blown out 4 times this winter =T
     

  3. papio

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    Wow! Great day - very nice catch. Kil, sometime in the future I have to schedule a Seabass fishing trip with you. My Hawaiian Jigging team will have to plan one up there. Again, nice catch on thoses fine eating fishes.
     
  4. rtran

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    looks like plenty of fun in cooooldd weather!
     
  5. ksong

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    looks like plenty of fun in cooooldd weather!
    It was 27 degree in the morning and had some snow while fishing.
    But freezing cold weather didn't deter our spirit and determination. :) My fingers are still numb.
     
  6. lordhell

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    Kil, did you have to tip the JM jig with cut bait or was it fished "as is" to catch those bass?
     
  7. MrBill

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    I've never fished for seabass.
    How deep is the water?
    Are they bottom feeders?
    The trevala rod is probably a good choice for those size fish.:)

    That looks a little miserable out there in 27 degrees. It was 62 when I left the house at 5:30 this morning. It's now only 73 but should cool down this afternoon. I can't wait.
     
  8. ksong

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    Kil, did you have to tip the JM jig with cut bait or was it fished "as is" to catch those bass?
    I put a piece of squid strip on hooks, but they hit bare hooks too.
    Once you miss a bite, the attached squid strip is gone, but still we caught plenty of seabass after miss hit.
     
  9. ksong

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    I've never fished for seabass.
    How deep is the water?
    Are they bottom feeders?
    The trevala rod is probably a good choice for those size fish.:)

    That looks a little miserable out there in 27 degrees. It was 62 when I left the house at 5:30 this morning. It's now only 73 but should cool down this afternoon. I can't wait.
    We fished 210' - 230'. They usually stay close to the bottom.
    Did I say Trevala rods are good for fish under 30 - 50 lbs ? :)
     
  10. Snagged

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    Looks like a very good trip Kil.
     
  11. ksong

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    Guys who don't know about seabass might not be impressed with 8 lbs seabass, but it is close to State records.

    Here are state records of black seabass.

    Connecticut 7 lbs 0 oz Atlantic Ocean - Latimer Reef Anton Krawetzky 2000
    Maryland 8 lbs 0 oz Atlantic Ocean - Jackspot Hayward Madison 1978
    New Jersey 8 lbs 2 oz Atlantic Ocean - Inshore Wreck Tony Cunha 1992
    New Jersey 8 lbs 2 oz Atlantic Ocean - Off Pt. Pleasant John Geddes 1994
    New York 9 lbs 0 oz Atlantic Ocean Sal Vicari 10/10/1993
    South Carolina 8 lbs 3 oz Atlantic Ocean - Fripp Inlet Larry L. Hudson 1995
     
  12. BretABaker

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    an 8lb seabass is huge. the biggest ive ever caught was like 6-6.5

    i wanted to go for seabass when i was up in december, but the weather didnt cooperate :(
     
  13. Snagged

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    Very good trip Kil, you didn't miss by much.
     
  14. Depraved

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    thats some good eating there
     
  15. Chumlord

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    That is some good eats right there!!!! Nice work!!!
     
  16. Deep_Sea_Gull

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    Congrats Kil. That is an awesome catch of good eats.