Singapore, one of the busiest shipping ports of the world with equally busy offshore traffic, surprisingly boasts some excellent micro jigging action if you know just where to go. The Southern Islands off Singapore have some of the best underwater terrain around, undisturbed by commercial fishing activities and pollution. Given the right tides and water conditions, many trevally species come close to these reefs to hunt and ‘boogie-woogie’ to ensure the existence of their kind. These trevally come in all sizes, from the size of one’s palm right to those that you could even serve afternoon tea on!
There’s a growing community of offshore anglers that are downsizing their tackle to get maximum fun and thrill from small trevally yet still being able to handle the bigger ones should they come along. Micro jigs of 30grams and below are ideal to ‘match the hatch’ as the profile of bait here are rather small. As the range of trevally species are quite varied, specifically targeting them and getting consistent results would require some knowledge of their feeding habits and patterns.
For example, Longfin Trevally (Sagai) love very sudden, erratic actions and they hunt throughout the water column. We’ve found short, frantic motions imparted to a jig using a snapping motion of the wrist repeatedly to work very well. Instead of cranking a full revolution of the handle each time you snap your wrist, turn the handle slowly and gradually while snapping repeatedly. This keeps the jig in the strike zone longer with each snapping motion creating a little flash of the jig’s side.
On the other hand, try to keep your jig very close to the bottom if one’s targeting Golden Trevally or Diamond Trevally. These species are predominantly bottom feeders (although they do occasionally chase bait far up the water column) and jigs worked about 2-3 metres off the bottom will have a good chance of attracting some attention. The key point is to go slow and easy on the strokes and concentrate on keeping the jig close to the bottom.
To be continued…
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