Smart Jigger catches and attracts fish!

Testing prototypes of a fishing machine (sorry about the blur) on the California Delta Saturday 6/6/2020.

The day started with a machine fishing with one rod, and me fishing with another. By the time the machine had caught 4 fish, I caught nothing and was tired. I decided to set up another machine and in less than two hours, the two machines were able to catch eleven fish. Nine of the fish are shown here, with the biggest one being 4.5 pounds in weight and 23 inches long.

Troll with a Smart Jigger!


One of our testers caught a 15 LB salmon trolling the Sacramento river with the Smart Jigger. Yes, you heard it right, trolling. Here is the message from him: “Hi Ray, I caught a 15 pound salmon yesterday trolling with the smart jigger (see photo). The fish hit a Silvertron spinner on the Sacramento River in Sacramento. I was able to pull the large spinner and a 3 ounce sinker without overloading the motor. It did overload a few times when vegetation buildup on the lure.”

As you know, people often swing the rod during trolling to create the extra movements to get fish to strike. But swinging repeatedly is hard to do because it’s usually heavy, and that’s where the Smart Jigger comes in handy.

I tried the same this past weekend, trolling with a Smart Jigger in shallow water, and proved to be deadly. On Friday evening, 5 fish (4 largemouth bass, 1 striper) were caught in 15 minutes up to 2 pounds. 3 more were caught during the high wind when nothing else worked. I used a lipless rattle trap.

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Again, testing prototypes of a fishing machine on the California Delta Saturday 7/11/2020

Went to the San Joaquin River, east side of Antioch Bridge. It started slow, and I even hooked my own jacket, which has quite a few holes because of how often it happens.

Despite the start, it was a productive trip, as the machine caught one 19" striper weighing over 2 LB, along with a bunch of shakers and babies.

One thing I learned is that even if the machine doesn't hook the fish, it still attracts a following. If you look at the video starts at 1'17", you will notice I picked up the rod without expecting a fish, but the act of picking up the rod changed the pattern of the lure movement and triggered the fish strike. Having fish following your boat because of the Smart Jigger makes it easier for you to cast or jig on your own.

Apologies for the blur, as it's an early prototype. It will see daylight when it's ready.

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Sunfran Smart Jigger did it again! It assisted or scored on almost every catch.

Sandwiched between multiple fires, I fished in the smoke on the San Joaquin. 40+ striper caught including a handful of 17-inchers. All fish released.

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The team (Dad, Son and their Smart Jiggers) went out jigging at San Joaquin River 8/30/2020. About 30 fish caught, lots of fun, the biggest was a 25" striper.

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Striper jigging Sunday morning on the San Joaquin around mouth of False River and the barges. Almost non-stop action, 50 fish boated in 4 hours. No keepers, biggest was 16 inches. All the fish released.

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Another round of testing prototypes of an automated fishing machine on the California Delta on Independence Day 7/4/2020. The machine caught a lot of fish and 3 are shown here.

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6/3/2020 Testing prototypes of a fishing machine on the California Delta 6/3/2020. The machine caught 7 fish including a couple of small largemouth bass on a hot day. Again, apologies for the blur.

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Testing a prototype of a fishing machine on the California Delta. It was able to hook 5 fish, 3 of them got on the boat, 2 lost after hooked. In comparison, I got 1 bite and 1 fish while jigging by myself. Machine vs human 5:1 in terms of bites, and 3:1 in terms of fish caught. Not too bad for the machine.

I wish there were bigger fish, but bigger striped bass are sparse in our region at this time. You can see the lure was not too small, and bigger fish will bite the same lure if they are there. We will get them eventually.

Apologies for the Amazon box, as it is an early prototype that we have to protect. It will see daylight when it's ready.