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Jig Trip Newbies: Bonito Bonanza

The Reward Won set out of Bayside’s MiaMarina with 10 anglers into rainy and windy conditions early Saturday morning with no bait, just vertical jigs.  The current made jigging deeper spots for bottom fish difficult, but the mid-water column bite was hot.  Bonitos in the 10-15lb class ate jigs readily, and at times 5 and 6 anglers were fighting fish simultaneously.  A few Blackfin Tuna and Almaco Jacks cooperated, including a 29lb Almaco coming over the rail.  At the end of the day over 30 bonito were released.

Everyone on board caught fish on vertical jigs, and it was 5 of the 10 anglers first Jig Trip!  The jigging outfits Capt. Wayne provided  got a work out,  and few folks got hooked on jigging.  I’m sure they’ll be back for more.

If you are new to vertical jigging, or curious about the jigging trips, NOW is the time to jump aboard.  The Bonitos are thick, and are very forgiving when it comes to jigging technique.  Although not good to eat, they are strong fighters and fun to catch.  It is not uncommon for Blackfin Tuna and Wahoo to mix in and shadow the schools of Bonito.

The next Jig Trips are scheduled for Sunday July 8th and Sunday July 22nd.   The trip is capped at 12 anglers for comfort.  To find out more information, and to make your reservation, call 305-372-9470.  Trips are scheduled every other weekend, throughout the summer.

For those interested in bait fishing, there is an Iron Man all day trip scheduled for this Sunday July 1st.  Call the office for details.