We (John, Will and Chris) were on a fishing adventure 100 miles southwest of the Florida Keys fishing for Large Grouper, Snapper, Wahoo, Mahi, Tuna and other species when we met a fellow angler on the boat that made us totally re-evaluate the way we fished. We were using our typical bait, Goggle Eyes, Flying Fish, Speedos, Ballyhoo, Squid, etc and having good success. Typically we dragged several coffin sized super expensive coolers of the bait that we either had to catch, or buy for our usual 4-5 day trips.
We saw this fellow with a little jigging rod and reel cast out into the drift using an odd shaped lure that we later examined and learned it was a Slow Pitch jig. We watched as he calmly and slowly jigged off the bottom (at 400 ft !!!) and was hooking up within seconds ! We were amazed while being out fished by this method. When the boat moved to reposition, we introduced ourselves and began asking questions! We began learning the basics of Slow Pitch Jig Fishing with an impromptu on the water crash course. We borrowed a jig from our new friend and tried Jigging for ourselves using our clumsy large Spinning rods in a bit of disbelief.
It was incredible. We hooked up and landed Grouper, Tuna, and Snapper with these Jigs by just moving them up and down in the water column. We became hooked and our next offshore trip we purchased jigs and added this new method to our fishing arsenal. Gradually we bought softer action jigging rods, smaller conventional right and left handed reels, purchased more (overpriced) Jigs. Jigging became our preferred and most productive method.
Finally on one of our fishing voyages, we left all bait and cooler (and that expense) at home and boarded the boat armed with several slow pitch specific jigging rods and a bag of Jigs. We had arrived, and proceeded to out fish our fellow fisherman !!!
Next, we wondered if there was a way to make our own jigs and be able to supply ourselves and others with quality fish catching Jigs at a better price than the only company currently stocking the shelves of our local tackle shop. With our team in tact Johhny Jigs Tackle was born. We strive to continue to evolve, fully committed to slow Pitch Jigging and the use of artificial saltwater jigs and lures. Our Jigs are tested and used by us here in our home waters of south Florida and are proven to be highly effective and offered at a reasonable price to all our fisherman friends. One More Drop is our Mantra. Jig On!