Last couple of days I have been dreaming of bottom fishing, and I have been toying of a "super light" jigging setup. Unfortunately I live in a landlocked region, but I get out to the west coast of B.C. yearly, where I do my salmon and bottom fishing. I fish in the Gulf Islands, which is inside the Straight of Georgia. There is no halibut there, so when bottom fishing I generally target lingcod. Of course all the other usual suspects are down there as well, and you never know what you are going to bring up.
My current setup is a shimano trevala 58xh rod mated with a pfleuger level wind reel + 50lb braid, so this setup covers the heavy end. I have been thinking of getting a light japanese style jigging rod, and a light reel loaded with 30lb spectra. I want to try japanese style jigs with this setup (butterfly, madai, etc.). I think this would be really fun when the currents aren't ripping. I usually drift fish parallel to kelp beds in water >100 ft, sometimes out to 150 ft.
This is what I am looking at for a setup:
Jigging master 150g power spell rod ($$$): http://www.jiggingmaster-ag.com/on/i...id=117&lang=en
Jigging master 100g saber light game rod ($$): http://www.jiggingmaster-ag.com/on/i...id=117&lang=en
Avet sx 2 speed + 30lb spectra
The 150g rod seems to be a bit more versatile, but its about double the price of the saber game. The saber game is really affordable and has had good reviews, but I cannot seem to find it in stock in NA.
What are everyones thoughts on this? Anyone here have experience using a similar style setup? And if anyone has experience with japanese style jigging for bottom fish, please chime in!