What are they and why do they out fish standard jigs? Developed in Japan in the early 1990’s to catch blue fin tuna in depths of up to 500 feet, the Shimano Butterfly Jigging System has been proven to out fish bait in many instances when the fish are finicky and won’t bite.
These jigs are widely known as the butterfly jig because of their distinctive flutter-like zig-zag motion produced under the water. The jig moves this way because of the unique way the lure’s edges are cut. Because of the sporadic movement and action produced by the butterfly jig, it entices fish to strike more often than traditional jigs. The Shimano Butterfly jig lets the angler feel every movement while retrieving the lure. The bite is like electricity flowing through the rod, as every movement of the fish being exaggerated because of the sensitivity of the lighter tackle used with this system. It takes anglers to a completely different level of awareness versus the regular tackle normally used tuna fishing, giving the angler a heightened sense of the true power of a fighting fish.