15 Minutes with: Capt. TJ Cheek
Location: Snapper Bank, Georgia
Approach: 45 Miles off the coast of Georgia, there is a series of breaks and live bottom, commonly referred to as Snapper Bank. These areas are well known to product great catches of amberjack, grouper and snapper. To target these amberjack, you’ll need to find some high profile structure. High profile structure is relative and can be as small as a 3′ limestone ledge or a shipwreck coming 40′ off the bottom. This day we were targeting the amberjack over well known rock piles that came up about 8′ off the bottom. Anchoring your boat up on a specific structure can be tricky, but is vital to fishing success. Often missing a spot by as little as 30′ can be the difference between a banner day and only a few bites.
Rigging Selection: The Hogy® 1oz X-Strong Jig Head
Bait Selection: The Hogy® 10inch Jigging Series
Why this bait? The fish wouldn’t touch lead jigs, but he sardine like profile of this bait and wigging action were able to trigger these fish to bite.
Colors: Black, not sure why it worked, but maybe had the best contrast down 110′.
Retrieve: Let the bait sink to bottom and begin retrieving up 10′ – 15′ quickly, then drop back down again if it didn’t get bit.
Sometimes the amberjack will follow the bait all the way up to surface and eat it right off the side of the boat. So remember to hang on and keep reeling the bait in quickly to trigger a strike wherever it may be in the water column.
Rod: Shimano Tallus ML Extra Fast 7′ Spinning Rod
Reel: Penn Sargus 6000
Line: 80lb Power Pro Braid
Leader: 3′ 80lb Mono Tied line to line using an albright knot.