ButterBall Jigs – Everything you need to know
Where can we start, our Butterball Jigs have quickly become a staple and favourite not only for us but also for our customers. The versatility of this jig is second to none with unique action and design our Butterball Jigs are built to catch. From Snapper in our Southern Waters to Dog Tooth Tuna in remote coral habitats and everything in between this jig is a necessity in your Jig Wallet. It was designed here in Byron Bay with one thing in mind, how can we get the best action on the drop without affecting the action on the lift, it’s slow fall style has not only been successful in shallow depths along reef edges but also on the shelf jigging in 100m plus for demersal species.
Upon first glance of this Jig, you may notice it’s unique centre balanced weight design, a dual concave belly, and a paint job that is to die for (literally). It attributes not only posse the ability to have an erratic action on the drop but also the ability to be worked in a slower style along the bottom. Whether it’s slow lifts off the bottom or a more reactive style retrieve the Butterball can do both.
When it comes to technique you want to get the best out of your jig and this means picking the right tackle to do so. Thin Braided PE Line is essential when using our Butterball Jigs; it makes the jig glide through the water quicker with a better action. We also suggest a longer rod when using these jigs, something around 6’1” – 7” is preferred. Either spin or BC is perfect for these jigs, for the lighter models we prefer using an overhead slow pitch rod/reel and for the heavier models we use a spin reel/rod.
We always get asked how do we use and work the Butterball jigs, to be honest, there is not much effort needed with these Slow Jigs. The action on the drop is erratic and usually enticing the fish to bite on the drop. When fishing the bottom ¼ of the depth your fishing, remember slow lifts are your best friend. Most predatory fish are looking for an easy feed without exerting too much energy to do so. Keeping your jig in the feeding zone is a common mistake and easily missed, depending on the speed of your drift you may have to either step in up in size or continue to let line out to keep your jig at this depth. Always remember your trying to imitate a baitfish hiding for cover and structure, not a fleeing one.
Colour was an important factor when designing these jigs we wanted a range of colours that will be versatile for all species, north and south. From our Natural Silver Colour to the Mulberry Red there’s something in the mix here for everyone. We choose to use a custom foil that we designed in house as well as the full colours schemes that were created whilst drinking a few too many coffees. Creating a jig that not only has great action but a range of colours that simply work. But it doesn’t stop there, all colours come with a UV Enhanced coating and a tiger strip glow pattern. We’ve found all of these attributes together present the best bait possible to the fish your targeting.
Weights and Depths
Another common question we get asked is what weights for what depths, current and depth define it. The usual saying is 20G on whatever metre depth your fishing, so say your fishing 60M you may need an 80G Jig. But this also depends on what jig style you're using as well as the current on the day.
Below are some weights we’ve found work best in certain depths;
10M – 25G
20M – 45G
40M – 65G
60M – 85G
80M – 105G
100M – 135G
120M + 165G
This is all dependent on current, some days you’ll have to either drop your weights or increase them. The weight of jig your using also depends on line class; you’ll find it a lot easier to get lighter jigs down with a thinner braid.
After months of rigorous testing, we found which hook worked best with the Butterballs. Our results showed that the best action was achieved with a Dual Assist Hook system, with Red UV Enhanced Flash and an awesome colour scheme. These hooks are not only super sharp but also very strong, making them ideal for this style of jig. With a slower jig, we’ve found a thinner gauge works best as your not setting hooks hard compared to a reaction bite. These jigs are built to be finesse on those days that the reaction bite has slowed down.
From Southern Species like Pearl Perch, Snapper to up the coast chasing Dogtooth Tuna, Red Emperor and abroad these Butterballs Jigs are certainly something to keep stocked in you Jig Wallet for your next trip. They come rigged with Quality Japanese Assist Hooks and a huge variety of sizes and weights they have every offshore jigging scenario covered
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