What you're looking for in a jig rod is light weight - it's hard work jigging - plus power in the lower sections with fast action in the tip.
Your usual boat rod can be used for this, but it won't perform anything like as well as a purposely designed jigging rod.
You need to be able to lift the jig fast - not just bend the rod - then let it flutter back down.
And when a fish hits, it won't be a delicate nibble, it will be a major offensive.
If it's a good fish you'll need to hang on - more than once I've seen a jigging rod slammed down onto the gunwales before the angler's had a chance to do anything about it.
Jig rods can be marked with the either the lure weight range or the line class, but I think the weight classification is the more useful of the two...
Your jigging rod should be designed for use with braid lines, and as casting isn't involved in vertical jigging, a conventional reel (multiplier) - ideally a lever drag model, or maybe a line-counter - will be your first choice.
Why braid line? Well, the jig needs to descend as fast as possible if it's to attract the fish as much on the way down as it does on the way up. Braid line will encourage it to because of its low water resistance and its almost total lack of stretch.
And similarly, on the upstroke the jig needs to move just as soon as you sweep up with the rod - and it won't with stretchy mono line.
So braid line it is then.
The Shimano Trevala Jig Rod is worth a serious look if you're looking for a rod of this kind...
Jul 19, 17 02:07 PM
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Jul 19, 17 01:22 PM
Fluorocarbon fishing line has some excellent properties. Low uv degradation, high abrasion resistance, low stretch, low absorption. But above all, it's almost invisible in the water
Jul 19, 17 02:52 AM
Centre console, wheelhouse or maybe a high speed inflatable? Inboard or outboard motors? Of all the designs of saltwater fishing boats, how do you find the one that suits your needs best?