MIAMI — They go by various names and brands: deep jigs, vertical jigs, butterfly jigs, diamond jigs, knife jigs. Some look like trumpetfish. Others resemble squid or octopus. They are basically pieces of decorated heavy metal with hooks that anglers drop to the bottom, then pump and reel back to the surface to catch everything from tuna to grouper. And they have attracted a dedicated following among a hardcore group of South Florida anglers.
“Deep jigging is kind of a new thing that’s starting to rise in Miami, a type of different fishing,” said angler Jomal Whiteside of Miami. “It’s a challenge to get a fish to bite something strictly on presentation. Dropping a piece of metal, you would think it wouldn’t work, but it’s a reaction strike.”