Relatively slow to gain in popularity when compared to soft baits and kabura jigs, microjigs are actually very effective on a huge range of fish and can easily be fished using soft bait or light overhead gear combos. They offer a lot of fun on light gear, and there will be times when they are the most effective lure in the arsenal. When the anchovy schools are running, and the fish are actively feeding, microjigs can be deadly.
Berkley's new Jig Its microjigs will not disappoint if you are looking for a well designed lure with good quality finish, and assist hook rig.
We have tested these lures over the past few months and have enjoyed some great snapper fishing, with a few bonus extras including blue cod, mackerel, and some solid trevally.
The range offers not only a comprehensive selection of sizes, from 7 to 40 grams, but also several different patterns that suit various depth and current situations.
The traditional longer shape varieties such as the Fish Stix and B-Dropper work really well in slightly deeper water, their needle shape diving quickly to the fish zone.
In 40 plus metres of water soft baits are slow and difficult to get down. This is a great time to utilise the same lightweight, fun gear, changing out the soft bait for a microjig.
Berkley's flatter, wider designs such as the Lolly Drop, work well when cast and retrieved with an intermittent jigging motion much like a soft bait.
Berkley ambassador Adam Royter with a nice Hauraki Gulf pannie on the new Fish Stix microjig
These jigs do not require a huge amount of working. Simply get them to the seafloor and jig them up a metre or so, keeping them close to, or on, the bottom.
One key technique that proved to work well was leaving the lures stationary for a few seconds. Snapper in particular don't want to work too hard for a feed, and will often strike when the lure is simply resting on the seafloor. Even though they are metal, there's enough attraction to induce aggressive attention from feeding predators.
Our verdict. Great lures that have lasted and performed very well in New Zealand conditions.