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Jigging for Tiles?

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New to this website and have been really impressed with the wealth of knowledge by all. I came across a pic with a tile and a jig. What's your recommendation for tilefish jigging - teaser set up, etc? I'm on the Viking trip in March and have been loading up on fluke bellies, etc. but would rather put the effort into the jig arsenal. I used to be a mate in SHB and I never saw tiles come up on that fancy Japanese jig. Looks like a top assist hook only? I'm using 65 lb Braid with 30' of topshot (60 lb). I don't know how you can reach bottom with a 16 oz jig in 500 feet. Thanks!


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It seems tilefish prefer baits though you can jig them. Anyway, we jig not because to catch more, but because it is fun and challenging though jig fishermen outfish bait fishermen sometimes though.

The particular tilefish in the picture was caught an heavy jig sweatened with a strip of fluke belly strip. I am not sure the movement of jig or the strip of bait attracted the tilefish.
However tilefish hit jigs without sweatening with bait as evidenced by the catch on Shimano's flat-side jig in the picture below.

-52 pound tilefish caught on Flat-Side jig.

This post edited by KILSONG 08:18 AM 02/19/2008
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Depending on the areas you fish, you can catch tile fish with 10 - 12 oz jigs as current is not big issue and they fish relatively shallow water in 400 ft. As far as I know the Viking fish pretty deep for tile fish. Look at the 52 lbs tilefish picture. He caught the big tilefish with only 7 oz jig.
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