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Invasion of electric reels for jigging

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Electric reels were not popular for inshore fishing in th US until recently
But it can change soon. The traditional electric reel is very heavy and reguires a heavy battery and code. But new Japanese electric reels are as light as 25 - 27 oz and don't require heavy battery and battery code as it has built-in small battery. So you can jig with the electric reels for long hours, you can cast or you can even mug by moving around the boat freely.

I am not in favor of electric reels and I ask not to bring any electric reels on my charter. My ultimate goal is to land a swordfish on jigs daytime by jigging in 2000 ft deep manually.
However I feel the new trend is coming even for inshore jigging.

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Are these pictures from this weekends cod trip?

The bottom picture is. Cod jigging has been around for several hundred years. You'll never see 40 -50 guys jig together in any part of world as we do on cod jigging trips on the party boats in New England

Im not saying that the feat is unreachable but keep in mind that the daytime sword fishery is using 10-15 pounds of breakaway lead to keep the baits on the bottom which is exactly where the swords are 2,000 feet down. You would never reach bottom with a conventional jig it would keep going horizontal unless you weighted it with something. You could use a glow jig once down along with a light positioned 5-10 feet above the jig and you could be in business. Most bites are reached as soon as you hit bottom over the right structure
Glenn, that is why I call it my ultimate goal. :)
I am going to do some research where they have the least current and good swordfishing. If most bites are reached as soon as jig hit the right depth as you said, the jig weight is not a big issue, but if I have to jig 10 lbs for extended time, I know I am in trouble. :)
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