Vertical jigging is common for Yellowtail on the Long Range and local fleets out of southern california.
But there are significant head winds:
1. Traditional SoCal iron is VERY effective and the jigs are cheap.
2. Traditional SoCal rods for fishing traditional iron are long (7') and the reels are heavy (4/0). Consequently they are a poor choice for Asian "mechanical" jigging styles and people stick to what they have. The long length means most people just point the rod straight at the jig and wind.
3. So, really, there is no strict need due to the effectiveness of the lures already being used and you are asking guys to buy new rods and reels (this was the Shimano plan all along) to fish the new style.
4. Rarely will Asian Style vertical jigs outfish SoCal iron. If conditions are right (fish are deep and the current is ripping) then vertical jigging is superior as the jigs are denser and get deep faster. In a "scratch" bite this may make a difference over the day. But reality is fishing for Yellowtail is often WFO on the LR fleet and you can catch FAR MORE than you can keep and at the end of most trips people are sick of pulling on so many yellowtail.
5. What is truly superior are the Asian style vertical jigging rods as they are so incredibly light. Mate one with a modern small 2-speed reel and you have a better system than the 6'6"-7' traditional rods mated with a relatively high speed reel with relatively poor cranking power.
A Black Hole 250gm and an Accurate DPX2 600NN is so easy to fish and land YT on as to be almost cheating. You can fish SoCal jigs or the latest from FCLLabo and outperform anything else out there, imo. The difference in the jigs is apples to oranges most days. The differnence in the modern rod and reel setup to old school rod and reels is lightyears in performance.
Edited by johndtuttle, 22 April 2013 - 03:01 PM.