Let’s be honest, rockfish aren’t exactly the most difficult fish to catch but it’s always fun tweaking your gear around to make it more flashy and effective. In this case, we got tired of tossing a stock rockfish jig around so we decided to add a few things here and there for some extra bling. These mods have landed an impressive amount of large rock cod and lingcod so we’re definitely going to continue spending money on the extra flair.
Here’s how we pimp out our rockfish jigs.
OUR GO-TO ROCKFISH KILLER JIGS
Any jig will stick plenty of fish, but in our case we’ll be using a P-Line Laser Minnow in both the 6 and 8 ounce sizes. If you’re fishing shallower waters then a 4 ounce is perfect as well.
P-LINE LASER MINNOW COLORS
- PLM-01 Silver Black
- PLM-11 Blue Mack
- PLM-13 Purple and Black
- PLM-19 Blue Pink Silver
ADD A STINGER HOOK – THEY AIN’T COMING OFF
This is the only mod that we highly recommend above all others. Adding a Gamakatsu Assist Hook 510 to the upper split ring of your jig will flat-out land you more fish. I can’t tell you how many rockfish I’ve landed that were only pierced through the Assist Hook 510, completely missing the main treble. Seems like they really want to attack the jig head-on! Definitely a must-have addition to any jig.
One of our favorite additions to the Assist Hook 510 is to add a strip of squid. This absolutely destroys the rock cod and lingcod and adds an extra bit of attraction to your rig. Can’t go wrong with this one.
Nobody likes to lose a big rock cod especially an enormous dragon of a lingcod due to some wimpy split rings. Swap them out! We don’t play around so we swapped ours to 200lb rings because we actually like to land our fish. Honestly though, anything in the 50-100lb range is perfectly fine.
UPGRADE? HOW ABOUT DOWNGRADE FOR ONCE?
Anglers typically swap out their treble hooks to high-quality brands like Gamakatsu and Owners. Usually when we swap trebles we’ll get hooks that are both sharper and/or thicker. Not in this case! It’s actually much better to scale down the quality of your trebles to cheaper and thinner bronze hooks.
Why is this, you ask? Thinner bronze hooks will easily bend under enough pressure, meaning you can save your jig almost every time you get snagged on the bottom. If you leave the thicker stock hooks on, you will either snap off if using monofilament line or your braid will dig into itself and you’re left with a huge mess. Bronze hooks allow you to stick plenty of fish but have the option to bend if completely necessary. Best part is they’re dirt cheap and you can get bulk packages! Win-win situation.
BARE TREBLE HOOKS ARE TOO BORING
Honestly this is completely unnecessary but who cares? It gives you a warm bubbly feeling inside knowing that your jig is pimped out compared to the rest of your peers.
Take off your treble hooks with a pair of split ring pliers (seriously, save your fingernails…) and slide any tiny hoochie on there – we’ll leave the choice of brand and color up to you. Now you’ve got a little extra flash on the end of that treble hook and it looks delicious!
Hope this helped you spice up your rockfish game a little! If you have any questions or suggestions please comment below, we always enjoy learning new tips and tricks as well as answering questions for our supporters. Tight lines and heavy limits!