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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.