NZ Fishing World home
NZ Fishing World

Fishing with Kabura Jigs

December 19, 2019
Fishing with Kabura Jigs

Right now is a great time to be fishing kabura jigs

The beauty of the Kabura is that the action of the current or water movement alone will produce enough subtle action to catch fish. A Kabura is simply dropped to the bottom and retrieved super slowly up and down off the seabed.

That’s the REALLY important part.  Fish the lure S L O W and it will usually work well.  This is a jig that can sometimes out fish you with the rod simply left in the holder.

Another nice snapper falls for an orange Catch Kabura

The key to fishing these jigs is to not strike when a fish takes.  The tiny hooks will set themselves so just start playing the fish with a light drag.  Striking can rip the little hooks out or break them, even though they are very strong for their size.

Better versions of the lure such as Catch Kaburas (featured in the video) will have a sliding head that runs up the main line and slides down to a wafting rubber skirt hiding tiny assist hooks.

The advantage of a sliding head is that once a fish grabs the lure, it has no leverage to shake the tiny hooks free as the weight simply slides up the line instead of swinging about.

Using a specialist slow pitch jig rod (designed to be very flexible and bends all the way through to the butt, or a light softer overhead bait caster outfit, attach a three metre leader of 15 - 20lb fluorocarbon and tie the end to the skirt loop.

For inshore waters, a little 20 gram head can be all you need, with bigger weights up to 120 grams deployed to counter current if required.

Kaburas work all year round, and snapper, kingfish, john dory and just about every other predatory fish love them.  They are very good options in winter when fish are moving slower and want a nice easy target, or anywhere near workups or actively feeding fish such as springtime.

Colours are often a factor, with orange, gold, yellow and red being great performers.

Remember, the key to using all of these lures is to be in a drifting boat. A good sea anchor will be required if you are to fish in any sort of wind.

Light boats require only the slightest of winds to move them too quickly, so a good parachute anchor set off the bow puts the wind at your back.

Smaller boats are usually open and don't offer the comfort of a cabin, so this makes fishing much more enjoyable, as well as allowing a lot of ground to be covered.

Specialist gear and braided lines are a must for using these lures as they are intended, so gear up and give it a go if you want to have some fun and fill the pan.

Related posts

How to smash your PB kingfish on stick baits
It was chaos! the pack of Kingfish erupted on the surface splaying froth and panicking baitfish in every direction. Words can’t even describe the sight as I grabbed my topwater gear and belted a quick cast into the riot. Fish were flying all over the surface and after a couple of winds ‘booom’! As line peeled off the wailing Stella all I could do was watch and hang on. With 15kgs of drag locked on it was one of those moments where the sheer excitement was overriding the pain of every muscle screaming to hold fast. After a tough, twenty-minute tug-o-war the fish finally turned, and I was able to coax him up. Kingfish are brutal on any gear, but on the longer topwater rods they have a leverage advantage and as an angler, you get to feel every bit of the fight even more than on normal jigging gear. When the fish appeared it was as much a relief as anything, and I knew this was around a 30kg PB straight away. Such a magnificent fish deserved to go back to get even bigger, so after a few snaps he was back over the side leaving me with that exhausted and elated feeling. Did that really happen?
Lure Fishing masterclass seminar
Watch now: Grant 'Espresso' Bittle and Catch pro angler Edward Uhai Lee share some expert knowledge with hints, tips and technique advice to help you with your artificial bait game. Recorded live at the 2019 Hutchwilco Boat Show. Enjoy.
Slide Baiting
Slide baiting is an awesome way to target big predatory species such as kingfish and snapper from shore. Beach, rocks or even from the wharf, this is a very effective and clever way to get you live bait out way further than you could normally cast. Check out our Aussie mates for a few pointers.
How to troll live baits: Yamaha School of Fish Hauraki Gulf
Trolling live baits is a great way to target kingfish. The same techniques applied here can be used anywhere, so check out Yamaha School of Fish with our mates at Family Boats and Yamaha Marine NZ.
Horizontal Jigging
If you're familiar with vertical, or 'mechanical' jigging for kingfish, did you know that the same technique can be applied to working mechanical jigs both from a boat or from shore? Here's a quick breakdown on how it works from the Aussie boys at AdriftByNature...
Bridle-rigged live skipjack tuna
The ability to bridle rig and deploy a healthy skipjack tuna live bait is an essential skill for any serious game fisherman.
All Related

See Also

The lateral Line - Episode  #3
Milan and Nathan, are on the hunt for a giant King Fish. They are fishing spots that they have talked about fishing for 15 years but for what ever reason just haven’t done it.
How the moon and tides affect fishing
Hints & Tips
How the Moon and Tides affect bite times for fish like snapper, trevally and kingfish.
Big Browns on small flies
Fresh water
Stunning landscapes and epic fishing. Check this out.
The Lateral Line Episode #2
Milan and Nathan are back on the rocks. king fish are again the target. Milan hooks a good king fish on his bait rod and some how he manages to land it.
The Lateral Line - Episode #1
Episode #1 of The Lateral Line. Kingies on the Rocks. Nathan and Milan ( ex Big Angry Fish) are producing a purely online series filmed on their phones at this stage. Take a look.
How to use the all new Catch 'BOSS SQUID'
The all new Catch 'BOSS SQUID' inchiku lure combines the best of two Catch lure favourites to create a new beast that's deadly on just about all predatory fish species. Check out the new lure and how to use it, it's surprisingly easy.
All Posts

Drop NZ Fishing World a line!

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.