Light jigging success

Light jigging success

I’ve tried on two separate occasions to fish via light jigging and on both endeavors I have been fruitless in my attempts. The problem was that I was jigging from a commercial fishing boat, those big clunky wooden things that people use to catch fish and squid for the markets. They are spectacular for bait fishing but for light-jigging it was like trying to eat ice cream with a shovel: just too big for the job. Their size hindered light jigging in two ways: (1) They moved too slowly and took too long to reach the good fishing spots and (2) they needed to be anchored in order for fishing to happen.

Big clunky commercial fishing boats like these are definitely not ideal for a proper light jigging trip.

Big clunky commercial fishing boats like these are definitely not ideal for a proper light jigging trip.

I was recently invited by Rung of Gett-It! shirts to give light jigging on his friend’s boat a go. The boat is named the Heng Heng Junior and charges only B11,000 (USD$370) for an entire day of light jigging in the Gulf of Thailand. The boat takes off from Jomtien beach in front of the Furama Hotel, Pattaya. Transport to Pattaya and gear are not included in the price but it was great that I have a light jig setup collecting dust somewhere at home; too many days of snakehead fishing have left this piece of gear neglected so I brought along my Chojin FC Monsters PE1-3 rod and a Bogan Kencron 3000 reel spooled with a PE2 line; a setup that has yet to produce any fish.

A smooth ride on a swift vessel like the Heng Heng Junior makes all the difference.

A smooth ride on a swift vessel like the Heng Heng Junior makes all the difference.

The Heng Heng Jnr is a small speed boat that can take up to four fishermen and can quickly get to all the fishing spots within minutes. When we reach a particular area, Captain Laem (the one wearing the 7Seas shirt in the video) would park the boat and allow us to drift along as we jig the bottom and midwater for fish. Our target species is mostly queenfish, pompano, trevally  grouper, the occasional Spanish mackerel and barracuda.

Catching fish from a light tackle setup in the middle of the sea can be seriously rewarding to the soul.

Catching fish from a light tackle setup in the middle of the sea can be seriously rewarding to the soul.

It was a really short trip for us that day. By the time we started fishing it was already 9am and finished by around 2:30pm. We landed several different species. As for myself, I landed my first two fish on jigs: two queenfish! I have to say, it felt pretty awesome to finally land a fish via light jigging after two failed trips. It really makes a difference when you’re going with someone who knows that to do.

The video for the trip is down below. If anyone is interested in fishing with the Heng Heng Junior or checking on the fishing conditions please let me know via my email at bangkokhooker@gmail.com.

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5 Responses to Light jigging in Pattaya

  1. Doc says:

    Fish,
    Great fishing and all in salt water. I am sure we will see more of this. I am in Nicarauga now and there is great fishing here. The lakes here are as big as some oceans and the pacific is next door. Keep up the good work.
    Doc

  2. MuskieBait says:

    Awesome OZ! Congrats on your first fish on the light jig!

  3. Alchemist says:

    Just came across this website. Did light jigging and LRF (using Berkley Gulp Alive and Power Isome) from the shore at Koh Chang and Pattaya with good results. Will be doing the same this year but with a greater variety of soft and hard baits.

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