IntroductionJigging is a common fishing technique used on Lake Taupō. It is very effective when done well, particularly in late summer.
Jigging allows the boat angler to target fish at quite specific depths. It is very effective when done well, particularly in late summer.
Here is a check list of basic tackle you will need, and local tackle shops are great at getting you set up well to get you started. Be sure to visit them before you start fishing to get the latest advice.
Rod and line
The ideal choice for jigging would be a 7 foot boat rod with a soft tip, paired with a small overhead reel. The reel should contain at least 50m of 10lb braid, which will allow for a good 'feel' for the jigged flies, even in deep water.
Most people fish 3 flies tied on short droppers above a 1 ounce lead weight, which is the most flies allowed for under the fishery regulations. Alternatively the lead weight can be replaced by a metal jig, which must be hookless unless the third fly is removed.
How to fish
Lower the rig to where the fish are likely to be found, usually right near the bottom at depths between 30 and 35m in summer. A good fish finder, or at the very least a chart of Lake Taupō will be a huge advantage to help you fish in the right place.
The flies are then 'jiggled' by making small upward movements with the rod, which keep the flies in the strike zone and imitates injured smelt. Set the hook immediately if any bumps or knocks are felt on the line.
Most smelt flies work well, as well as woolly buggers, boobies and rabbit flies in sizes 6-10.
Local favourites include ginger mick, jack sprat, silicone smelt, and grey ghost, all of which you can find at local tackle shops.