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Mustad Delivers Success in Alaska’s Coastal Fisheries

Alaska’s rugged coastal waters host some of the most extraordinary fishing on the planet. Whether trolling for anadromous salmon, deep-dropping for barn door halibut, or chasing aggressive and photogenic bottom fish, anglers turn to Mustad to hook and hold Alaskan trophies. Tracing its origins to Gjøvik, Norway in 1877, Mustad is the global leader in producing premium hooks and lures used worldwide to secure every finned target imaginable. Supported by a foundation of design and manufacturing excellence, Mustad has evolved into a comprehensive fishing platform that supplies every link in the tackle chain, fortified with the quality and innovation demanded by the most discerning anglers.

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Jigging is one of the most exciting ways to sample Alaska’s bounty, and any of the dozens of rockfish varieties provide exceptional sport – and table fare – for light tackle anglers. Accessible near rocky or boulder-strewn structures in depths ranging from 20 to 120 feet or more, rockfish are strong fighters and reliable biters. Armed with a 7-foot, Medium-Heavy power casting rod and a high-capacity reel loaded with 30-pound-test braided line and finished with a 15-pound-test fluorocarbon leader, anglers are well-equipped for battle with these abundant, long-lived gamefish. A metal lure like the Mustad Daggerman Jig is a terrific option for opening your jigging adventure. A 60:40 front-weighted vertical jig specially designed for aggressive predators, the Daggerman is best presented with short rapid pumps with brief pauses in between. The hydrodynamically-shaped Daggerman rips through the water column, drawing the attention of nearby predators. When paused, the Daggerman immediately dips head down, resembling the natural movement of a struggling baitfish and triggering aggressive strikes.

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When targeting fish in slightly deeper water, consider the Mustad Big Eye Bucktail Jig. Available in weights up to 8 oz and eight strike-triggering color patterns, Big Eye Bucktail Jigs feature Mustad’s 32824NP-BN UltraPoint® hook and a precision-molded, hydrodynamic head sporting two line ties for either vertical or casting presentations. Oversized 3D eyes, hand-tied premium dyed deer hair, and light-scattering Crystal Flash give the Big Eye Bucktail Jig maximum attraction. The head has a durable and strong epoxy finish to withstand rocky habitats and mouths brimming with sharp teeth. A wire bait keeper secures natural or artificial baits tight to the jighead – perfect when tipping the Big Eye Bucktail Jig with a herring for scent or a soft-plastic grub for added action and vibration.

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Of course, rockfish are just the tip of the iceberg for anglers jigging for Alaskan trophies. Halibut in the 50- to 80-pound range frequently patrol these relatively shallow rocky waters, and won’t hesitate to inhale a herring-dressed presented near the bottom. Suspended grey cod often attack jigs as they fall through the water column. Fantastic on the table, grey cod typically forage in large numbers, providing fast and exciting action.

With lures like the Daggerman Jig and the Big Eye Bucktail Jig, Mustad helps light tackle saltwater anglers connect with success. Add these to your tackle collection before your next trip Alaska’s untamed coastal waters.

About Mustad

Mustad has led the global hook market since 1877. Mustad’s mission is to create a comprehensive multi-brand company that leads the fishing tackle industry, while focusing on innovation, employee and customer satisfaction, and sustainability. With the addition of TUF-LINE and LIVETARGET, Mustad continues to solidify its position as a complete sports fishing brand family.

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