A Shimano Butterfly Jig is used in areas where fish are especially hard to catch. The butterfly jig was first developed by Japanese fishers in the early 1990s. They used the jigs to catch bluefin tuna at depths of over 500 feet. The butterfly jig is especially colorful and moves through the water in a way that resembles actual fish. They should not be used for every situation but can be helpful when other methods fail.
Items you will need
- Trevala rods
- Shimano butterfly jigs
- Stinger hooks
- Flurocarbon leaders
- High power reels
- Powerpro fishing line
Choose which type of butterfly jig you wish to use. You have three choices -- regular, long or flat. Which jig you choose depends on the size of the fish that you want to catch.
Choose a Trevela rod, which was designed by Shimano specifically for butterfly jigging. Attach your reel to this rod, with your Powerpro line and flurocarbon leader. These will ensure the strength and agility of your rod, which is essential when butterfly jigging.
Attach a spit or solid tie-off ring to your leader. Which one you choose is up to your own personal preference.
Attach your butterfly jig to the tie-off ring. You may then want to attach a stinger hook to one or two sides of your butterfly jig. If you attach it to both sides, you will have a higher chance of catching something.
Cast your rod so that you end with your rod horizontal. Then retrieve your rod so that the tip faces 10 o'clock. As you are moving your rod, play around with the motion. This will make the bait move around underwater to entice fish. Try a circular or oval motion and tiny flicks to make the bait flip or roll.
Practice these motions until you are able to keep your butterfly jig in almost constant motion. This will attract fish to your bait and you will be able to catch especially hard to get fish.
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