15 Minutes with: Capt. Tony Vultaggio
Location: The Channel Islands, California
Tides: The high outgoing produced the best.
Approach: Fishing along the islands can be a little tricky. The lings were holding around the transition areas near high spots in 80′ – 120′. It’s important to watch your fish finder to pinpoint how the ling cod are relating to structure on a given day. By far, the most productive areas were the bottom of high spots and they dropped into the flats.
Rigging Selection: Barbarian Jig Series
Bait Selection: The Hogy® Sand Dab Series
Why this bait? The Hogy® Sand Dab is a perfect Imitator for Sand Dabs, the fish are used to eating them in deeper water. This presented a familiar and easy meal in shallower water.
Colors: Amber Fleck, Bone Glow.
Retrieve: A standard drop shot jigging technique. Drop the bait to the bottom and begin shaking the rod tip to vibrate the Hogy® Sand Dab. Pause for a moment, then begin shaking the rod tip again. Strikes were a long, strong pull and the fish inhaled the bait and began swimming away. When using the Barbarian Jig Head, let the bait to the bottom and begin slowing swimming it 3′ – 5′ above the bottom. Make sure to drop it back down every so often to maintain contact with the bottom.
Boat: Jesse Mae 28’ Radon
Reel: Penn Torque 15
Rod: Penn Carnage 20-50lb 7’
Line: 50lb Spider Wire Stealth
Leader: 20’ 30lb Big Game Top Shot – Albright Knot