Gear: Hogy System Jigging Lures for Bluefin Tuna #207

Hogy Harness Jig
6oz. Harmess Jig for Tuna

Hogy Harness Jig: It’s hard to beat this lure for vertical jigging when tuna are keyed in on sand eels. Although olive is the logical first choice, my two favorite “confidence” colors are bone and silver. Similar to all of our tuna grade soft baits, the Hogy Harness Eels are UV infused which makes them far more visible in deep water. The Hogy Harness Jigs have a custom paint job to match the eel tails. Bulk packs of replacement tails are available.

  • Method: Slow Jigging, Twitch Jigging
  • Best Size: 6oz
  • Imitates: Sand Eels, Herring, Bottom Fish
  • Hogy Shop Link: 6oz Harness Jigs

Hogy Pro Tail Paddle Series
6.5″ (6oz.) Pro Tail Paddle for Jigging for Tuna

Hogy Pro Tail Paddle Series: To be honest, we designed the original Hogy Pro Tail for very large striped bass and tarpon but designed the lures to spec out for large Bluefins once we saw the lure’s action in the water. Like everything we do at Hogy, we over build our products and the Hogy Pro Tail series was the first lure in our universal design series where we found the sweet spot in terms of brawn, size and presentation to be effective on any large sized fish, inshore and offshore. Our universal lure program has a target to max out at a 200lb fish class with 20lb of drag.

Even though it has a paddle tail, it’s hard to beat this Hogy Pro Tail Paddle when for vertical jigging tuna are keyed in on sand eels. It’s a relatively small profile and the olive colors give it the right appearance. The vibration and UV reflectors help draw in fish in dark deep water. Although olive is the logical choice for sand eels, other hot colors are bone and silver which put you in the right space for imitating herring, a Bluefin favorite.

  • Method: Slow Jigging, Fast Jigging
  • Best Size: 6oz
  • Imitates: Sand Eels, Herring, Bottom Fish
  • Hogy Shop Link: 6.5″ Pro Tail Paddles

Hogy Pro Tail Eel
9″ Pro Tail Eel for Jigging for Tuna

Hogy Pro Tail Eel Series: Like all of our tuna grade soft baits, the Hogy Harness Eels are UV infused which makes them far more visible in deep water. The Hogy Harness jigs have a custom paint job to match the eel tails. Bulk packs of replacement tails are available.

  • Method: Slow Jigging, Fast Jigging
  • Best Size: 6oz
  • Imitates: Sand Eels, Herring, Bottom Fish
  • Hogy Shop Link 9″ Pro Tail Eels

Hogy Harness Pro Tail
9″ (6oz) Harness Pro Tail for Jigging for Tuna

Hogy Harness Pro Tail: The Hogy Harness Pro Tail series was designed specifically to imitate large baits such as herring, bottom dwellers and mackerel. The 9” and 12” versions have the same basic shape of the first generation Pro Tails but have the Hogy Harness Jig rigging system molded inside the jig, connected to an oversized hook. The 9”, 6oz and 9oz versions are both ideal for jigging. I favor the 6oz if I am slow jigging and the 9oz if I am fast jigging or Troll Searching. (See hybrid techniques).

  • Method: Slow Jigging, Fast Jigging
  • Best Size: 9”, 6oz, 9oz
  • Imitates: Mackerel, Herring, Small Bluefish, Bottom Fish
  • Hogy Shop Link: 9″ & 12″ Harness Pro Tails

Hogy Sand Eel Jig
3.5oz. Sand Eel Jig with Assist Hook for Jigging for Tuna

Hogy Sand Eel Jigs: This lure is an all-star when tuna a keyed in on massive amounts of sand eels on the lower third of the water column in relatively shallow water. The problem arises when there are so many sand eels that the tuna are bucket feeding through the schools. This long, narrow, metal jig is easily manipulated with rod tip action and holds its depth really well. The smaller size is good for finicky fish in shallow water and the larger sizes, which are new for the 2019 season, are better suited for deeper water.