Today at PescaCosmar we venture into the fishing of Pargo al Jigging, an unpopular activity and in fact quite challenging for fishermen who want to take their skills in vertical fishing to the next level. Today we will talk about the snapper, the jigging equipment and some tips that can help you get good size catches.
Knowing the species
The red porgy, red snapper scientific name, is an edible sparid which lies across the Atlantic Ocean, and seeks the subtropics to a considerable depth, the larger further will be found. There are many varieties of species that can belong to the same family or simply look like the Pagrus pagrus, hence confused with others and have so many names: sea bream, snapper, parguito, rubiel, mazote, bocinegro, voracious, etc.
Its scales have a characteristic pinkish color with silver, and presents some bands with slight yellowish tones. The fins are intensely pink or even red. He has good abilities to camouflage himself, so at times it will seem like you are fishing conger.
The Pargo is oval, slightly elongated and robust, of strong build and pointed head with big mouth.
In its early stages of life, the Pargo mainly feeds on small shrimp, and later includes in its diet all kinds of crustaceans, mollusks and small fish that give off a strong smell.
It is a fish of considerable size when it reaches its adult stage. Being able to reach the meter of length and almost 9 kg of weight. However, the catches are usually between 20 cm and 40 cm and do not exceed 4 kg.
The Pargos usually are the victims of a parasite called Cymothoa Exigua, which is lodged in the fish’s tongue, and sucks the blood from the main artery, until the tongue is atrophied by lack of circulation and that is when the parasite Happens to be used by the Snapper like its own language. (Frankly scary!)
Where and when to fish Pargos
Pay attention to this section, because finding the best fishing spot is essential if you want to try snapper at Jigging. First, depth is important, good-sized snapper is between 80 and 500 meters deep. Remember that the bigger the depth the bigger the catches, but you will need an equipment of fishing more and more powerful if you want to reach them.
The most convenient time to go out in your search is in the seaside seasons, starting at dusk, when your appetite invites you to look for food. The conditions of the sea should be cloudy, product of the waves that left a temporary one of days ago. That is, a sea that is about to enter into calm. In this way you are more likely to find several snapper in the same area.
Equipment for fishing from Pargo to Jigging
Before embarking on this adventure you should take with you the equipment most suitable for fishing Pargos to Jigging, as well as a team and extra baits in case the technique is not quite productive.
Eco-probe for boat
As you may have noticed, finding Pargos is a difficult task, but a good color probe can help you enormously. It will allow you to know when you have reached a hard bottom or rocky area, ideal environment for snappers. In our online fishing store we recommend the Garmin GPSMAP 527. A very complete device that will become a great ally if you are a frequent boat fisherman.
Snapping rods jigging
We recommend light or medium action rods (15-30lb) preferably having a height between 1.60 and 1.70 meters long. Very important that they are of carbon for greater resistance since you will be surprised the force with which the Pargos will assail in their flight. In PescaCosmar we suggest the Yuki Ashika Yu cane, which is very light, practical and can support jigs of up to 200 grams.
Fishing reels for snapper to jigging or bottom
As for the reel does not need an extraordinary size or power unless you want to penetrate to a depth higher than 150-200 mts It should be a highly resistant to salinity and light weight. Click here to view our selection of high quality jig fishing reels.
Fishing hooks for snapper
The mother line should have a thickness of more than 25 mm, without memory or very low memory so that the lure can reach the maximum possible depth and avoid entanglement. Choose the ones with the highest resistance to abrasion
since the Pargo swims at great speeds. We recommend our super sales
line:Gorilla UC4 fluorocarbon.
Snapping hooks for snapper
The mouth of the snappers is characterized by its incredible hardness, so that it deserves a hook of great resistance and edge, preferably of chemically sharpened carbon, the size depends on the depth and the individuals, if not very deep, the number 3 Will go well, and beyond the # 6 will nail perfect.
Lures for snapper to Jigging
Now let’s touch the most important point for snapper fishing to jigging: Lures.Because the possibilities can be very wide or very scary depending on the experience you have in this type of day, as well as your budget to try different models.
In short, you’ll need a decoy that looks realistic, works well at low speed, and reaches a good depth quickly.
Discard soft jigs
Although at first glance they may look very natural and tempt fish that do not hunt at high speeds, they do not serve to the depths, their plumed head is not heavy enough to sink quickly, and the vinyl tails will resist too much The currents,
Striking short and striking tail lures are the best choice
In our online fishing shop PescaCosmar we have the definitive lure for this type of fishing, the Wasabi Maguro is able to go down to great depth and then raise making expectativos vibrations at a slow and regular speed that is irresistible to the snapper, in addition its material tail Holographic and sturdy paint simulates perfectly the swimming of a squid, one of the favorite snacks of our snappers friends.
General advice for fishing Pargos to Jigging
After the throw, wait for the jig to reach the desired depth and pick up at a leisurely pace, you can make long and soft tugs at first and later pick up at a faster speed, since if you have not chopped into the bottoms you are less likely to do so Close to the surface. This way you can save time.
Hold the rod gently when you pick up the lure, since picking up slow movements should be done with subtlety. However do not neglect the toe, the snapper nails fast and nothing strongly, so hold the cane very firmly, if you do not want to be torn out of your hands.
If your arms get tired, rest a few minutes before throwing again, the last thing you need to do is nail a snapper when you’re tired. A good physical condition is fundamental to the mode of jigging or spinning.
Other common modalities for fishing Pargo
As we have said, jigging is NOT the most used technique for fishing snapper, so if you are going to try this technique, but you have no success, you can always get ready and change the strategy to not go home at zero.
However, you must be prepared with natural bait in case you want to switch to the other side, since the most common techniques require the encouragement of natural bait, we are talking about fishing in depth or drifting. A troll is not highly recommended as the snapper will not chase its prey if it is at too demanding a speed.
“This has been everything for today, we hope that our article will be very useful and you get some good copies to take you home and share at the table with your family. See you soon and good fishing.”
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