Pulley Ridge Light on the Yankee Capts
I fished on the Yankee Capts on a short notice while I was fishing in Florida to test new Black Hole surf rods.
After catching a few drum using the new surf rods, I headed for Key West. On the way to Key West, I tried tarpon using new Black Hole surf rods unsuccessfully at night.
There were 23 anglers on the 3 days Pulley Ridge Light trip on the Yankee Capts out fo Key West. Surprisingly I could count at least 8 guys who used light Slow Pitch jigging rods on the most of the trip.
I used economic version of 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod with IRT 500 and 600 spinning reels and JM PE3 conventional reel.
I found Alex and his friend used out 5'8" Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rods along with other brand rods. It was a good opportunity to observe different models of slow pitch jigging rods.
I got only one blackfin tuna for a day. But my luck changed after dark.
By 10 pm, I switched to 6 oz Al Gag jig with soft bait. Instantly I hooked up a monster grouper, but I couldn't stop it. Eventually I lost the big grouper as it went into structure.
I used my reliable 8 oz flat hammered diamond jig. And I fought 3 grouper and one nice mutton within 30 minutes.
I was tired and I went sleep as I expected good bites daytime. That was my mistake. I woke up at dawn and I had constant bites with grouper and mutton. But I lost three big grouper while fighting and landed 4 small mutton snapper all on 8 oz flat hammered diamond iig by pounding bottom slowly.
Strangely when sun came up, I lost touch and I couldn't get any more bites while other angles get grouper bites on jigs here and there.
I was expecting another good night bites, but we came home after 4;30 pm as wind picked up.
But I was ,more than happy to have 10 plus fight with grouper and mutton on jigs.
Here is my observation.
Some use really light and soft slow pitch jigging rods.
It might be more fun to fight big fish with such light rods, but I feel they need a little heavier and beefier rods to handle bigger fish effectively and efficiently.
Here is a video of action of 5'8" Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod with 210 g jig in 300 ft. As you see in the video, the rod tip action is proper.
And the rod is capable of landing tuna upto 100 lb tuna or 80 lb AJ or yellowtail.
and fighting with the technique