100 BEST VERTICAL JIGS EVER

AFTER YEARS OF OCEAN FIELD TESTS, THESE ARE THE MOST PRODUCTIVE JIGS WE HAVE FOUND WORLDWIDE

With the help of 5 avid angler friends who have traveled all over the world, we have conducted a series of field tests with 523 different types of hard jigs designed for vertical jigging in saltwater.

For more than 10 years, we took field notes by counting the number of catch, the variety of species, and the number of hits each jig took considered the duration of use. We tried to test each available shape and color pattern at different depths, locations, hours, techniques and biotopes.

In numbers, this gives fishing sessions in 22 countries (France, England, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, Tanzania, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, French Polynesia, Costa Rica, Mexico , Brazil, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Florida, California, Maine, Canada) and nearly 2500 hours of jigging from boats or coastal structures (bridges, jetties).

Thank you to Frank, Rosario, Jarvis, Federico and Marc for having assiduously shared their field notes, but also for their time, muscle and money spent on all these jigs!

The statistical results, once gathered, gave us a list of 100 lures that show the greatest productivity, all types of conditions considered.

Check out the results of this test at the end of the article, and you'll have an idea of the jigs you need to have permanently in your tackle box!


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1: Ocean Cat Speed Fall / 2: Tackle House P-Boy / 3: Hart Akula / 4: Daiwa Sacrifice / 5: Damiki Tokon / 6: Autain Long / 7: Ragot Deep Jigger / 8: Flashmer Metal Spot / 9: Daddy Mac Elite / 10: Ahi USA Assault Diamond / 11: Smith Nagamasa / 12: Xorus Les Senans / 13: Offshore Angler Knife / 14: Williamson Benthos / 15: Gypsy Lures Speed Jig / 16: Williamson Abyss / 17: River2Sea Knife / 18: Hogy Epoxy / 19: Powerline Sanagi / 20: Offshore Angler Sling

1: Hayabusa Jackeye Switch / 2: Jimy Jigs Rudo / 3: Xesta Amraam / 4: Daddy Mac Trophy / 5: Shimano Flat-Side / 6: Hayabusa Jackeye D-Slide / 7: Nomad Design Striker / 8: Hart Stream / 9: Hart Long Blade / 10: Smith Masamune / 11: Megabass Slash Beat / 12: Gypsy Lures Slider / 13: Goture / 14: Storm Gomoku Super / 15: Offshore Angler Freestyle / 16: Daiwa Leaf / 17: Ever Green Caprice Edge / 18: Maria Saberer / 19: Smith Jack Knifer / 20: Evia Stiletto

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1: Yokosuna Shoto / 2: Yokosuna Buki / 3: Williamson Gomame / 4: Tsurugiya Kenpachi / 5: Seika Predator / 6: Yokosuna Kyu / 7: Major Craft Jigpara / 8: Ragot Hareng / 9: Sert Orion / 10: Sakura Orion / 11: Tackle House Nabura Deka / 12: Gypsy Lures Flutter / 13: Hart Weepy / 14: Ocean Tackle International Jager / 15: Hart Glaze / 16: Ron Thompson Thor XP / 17: Ever Green Wolfram / 18: Volkien Soul Luster / 19: Daddy Mac Jointed / 20: Tackle House TJ

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1: Ever Green Caprice Kid / 2: Storm Gomoku Micro / 3: Shimano Stinger / 4: KS Proanglers Ulo / 5: Williamson Vortex / 6: Daiwa Sacrifice Leaf / 7: Pro-Hunter K10 Wave / 8: Hart Bony / 9: Geecrack Long Gun / 10: Ioda Reverso / 11: Jimy Jigs Japo / 12: M&W Inchiku / 13: Shimano Coltsniper / 14: Shimano Stinger / 15: Daiwa Saltiga XD / 16: Storm Gomoku Koika / 17: Illex Slow Lazy / 18: Pro-Hunter K5 Trend / 19: Megabass Flat Glider / 20: Hayabusa Jackeye Slow

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1: TS Rinoya Bassdash / 2: Daiwa Saltiga SK / 3: Ocean Cat Slow Fall / 4: Tady Slow Pitch / 5: Nomad Design Gypsy / 6: Sakura Spinback / 7: Explorer tackle Funa / 8: Sakura Glaucetas / 9: Daiwa Mr Slow / 10: Nomad Design Buffalo / 11: Shimano Butterfly Flat Fall / 12: Powerline Owase / 13: Calissa Offshore Tackle Flat Fall / 14: Nomura Izu / 15: Hart Modelo / 16: Pro-Hunter Wave Hunter / 17: Savage Gear Squish / 18: Major Craft Jigpara / 19: Hart Rotar / 20: Autain Deepsea


GENERAL OBSERVATIONS

  • The most productive colors, all types of water considered, are in order: silver, blue, pink, orange and green

  • The shapes that produce more hits whatsoever technique used are those with erratic falling movements

  • The lures with iridescent finish are by far more effective than the ones with plain color in a general way

  • The more discrete and less visible jigs, depending on the type of water and luminosity, are taking more bites

  • The big white and black eyes at the top of the jig tends to be more attractive than other color arrangements

  • The semi-elongate shapes are attracting a much larger variety of fish species, regardless of the biotope or the depth

  • The fact that a jig mimics perfectly the local bait fish at the time of fishing does not play at all in the productivity of the lure

  • The smaller the lure, the higher the number of hits ; the size of the jig does not determine the size of the fish targeted