Hi all, just signed on to the forum. I live in Minneapolis, MN and fish out of Marco Island, FL where my grandparents house is. We'll do overnight trips out 100+ miles into the gulf in our center console targeting grouper, snapper, tilefish and pelagics. Up until recently we were mainly just bait fishermen, and most of our rods are ugly sticks or similar, as usually with big grouper sensivity etc isnt an issue.
Now that we're making the longer trips more frequently, we've starting doing a lot more vertical jigging. It's a lot of fun and I've found it to be a great way to catch mutton snapper over bottom with a lot of red grouper (we're only allowed 4 red grouper but 10 mutton snapper, and more often than not it's difficult to get a bait to the muttons before a grouper gets it). With 8oz pink vertical jigs in 200ft or so of water, we'll catch a lot more muttons than red grouper.
Either way I'm looking to build a couple of shorter jigging outfits and wondering what your guys thoughts are on good blanks. I'm leaning towards a 250g and 450g rod, as fish will range from 5lb blue tiles to 60lb+ black grouper and depth will be from 200 to 700ft usually using 8-20oz jigs. The reels will be Penn Torque 7 and Torque 9 spinners.
Thanks a bunch for any info!
Edited by zward, 06 March 2015 - 02:04 PM.