Jerkthatjig has a new lure called the Octojig, which I tested recently while fishing for blueline tilefish. This is one of the wackiest jigs ever created, similar in nature to Shimano’s Lucanus. There’s a large roundish leadhead skirted by rubber hairs, wings, and trailers, with a pair of relatively small hooks swinging around in the middle of them. Here’s what one looks like:
The Octojig, from Jerkthatjig jigs.Yep - pretty darn weird, I know. But it also works - in fact, it's a killer. When we found a mixed bag of blueline tilefish and sea bass in 310 feet of water inside the Washington Canyon, the Octojig proved its worth. In fact, we caught more fish on these things than we did on "regular" jigs, or on multi-hook rigs. Why? Two reasons: first, they sink incredibly quickly. When you're in 300-plus of water, that makes a big difference is how long you stand around, waiting to reach bottom. Secondly, the fish just plain like 'em. And for whatever reason, the hook placement means very few short strikes and missed bites. Most of the time you'd hook up on the first strike, using the Octojig. Most people give them a slow retrieve, or bounce them along the bottom. But for the blueline tilefish, here's what we found most effective: Put a single slice of squid about half an inch by one inch, on each hook. Drop straight to the bottom. As soon as it hits, raise your rod tip by about two feet, and hover the jig in place for three to five seconds. If there isn't a bite, drop it back to the bottom, and repeate the hovering technique. As soon as you feel a strike, set the hook - and whammo - it's blueline tilefish for dinner!Blueline tilefish like this one are suckers for the Octojig.