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Slow Jigging Technics
SLOW Jigging technics
While Nirohiro SATO was landing his college fish, he had left his jigging rod in the rod holder with the jig close to the bottom. Returning to his position, he pulled his rod and saw that a fish was at the end of the line. The sea was a little agitated, the movement of the boat was enough to animate the jig, attracting a fish to his lure. Subsequently, the idea came to fish in this way, leaving the lure close to the sea floor and animate it with small jerk. It's only a few years later SLOW jigging was born. SLOW jigs are usually made with one heavier side and one flat side, creating a jig with flat fall erratic sliding and wobbling motions.
Two words define SLOW jigging "LIGTH & SLOW", fishing with light equipment, requiring less physical effort. The jigs are usually rigged with two sets of hooks, one set at the head and another one on the tail, allowing fishermem to catch fish during jig drop and ascent . Generally, we will use jigs with 60 to 400 grams weight depending of the water current and depth. The high speed retrieve is replaced per graceful and slower movements. Catching fish with the natural motion of the jigs and not per forced and tiresome motion. Unlike "Speed jigging" where jig falls in a straight line, slow jig will fluttering all way down, increasing your chances of catch fish.
The goal behind slow jigging technique is catching fish close to the bottom without too much animation, attract all kind of fish, bring lure directly to the fishes, having something really attractive for low activity period. Also, give chance to slower species to grab the lures. But, I think the most important it doesn't require lot of physical effort as Speed jigging and you have same or better result.
Keep contact with the jig is the key in Slow jigging. If you lose contact, you never know when you gone reached the bottom or if a fish bited. So, if you see your line taking a horizontal path, that simply means current is too strong or your jig is too light. Bring everything up and exchange for an heavier jig. Sometime when current is too strong, you need to cast in front of the current to let the jig fall straight to your fishing area. If the boat is equipped with a sea anchors, it's very helpful.
Usually Slow jigging rod is longer than speed jigging rod (approximatively 6 to 7.5 feets long), having a thinner blanks, super parabolic action, fine and soft tip action. however, this rod will have good backbone close to reel support section. The soft tip will be use to bounce the jig, on each reel crank or rod pull, the rod tip will transfer the energy on the jig like a catapult. Jig will come up straight and will fall like a leaf with sliding or wobbling action. As slow jigging rod has no powerful blanks, you will really not fight the fish with the rod, rather you will use the power of the reel. During big fight, rod tip is almost under water, otherwise you will have some trouble to bring back your trophy. If we compare the situation to a clock hand, fight will be between 06:00 and 09:00. During our tests, Amazing II serie slow rod did a great job, low price, good quality, good value. As the reel and fishing line are really the key, you're better invest your money into a good reel and quality fishing line.
Using quality reel is mandatory in slow jigging, always try to use lighter weight reel with good retrieve speed and large line capacity. As “slow rod” has no enough power to fight or pull back large fish, the reel will support all the effort. High speed ratio (5.8:1 to 6.4:1) is require, if you want generate enough tip action to create enough lure bouncing, usually each reel crank will recuperate 80 to 110 cm of line. 300 to 400 meters of PE2-3 is perfect, usually 8-12 lb reel drag is enough, because slow jigging hooks are light and we don’t want them opened. A good reel drag is a "MUST "specially if sea floor is full of obstruction. Three reels has been tested, Daiwa Saltiga star drag, Shimano Ocea 20000, Shimano Talica 8, both of them are good.
Line (Braided only)
We use 8 strand braided line, it must be thin for the following reasons: we want a good drop speed with minimum of friction reducing "Drag" effect, having more line capacity inside the reel and finally to have more sensibility. Thinner is your line, more jig control you will have. I loved PE X8 braided line from "Cross Factor", it’s a solid core, super thin, Japanese quality strand with a round shape, line color change every ten meters, with a white marker every meter and black marker every five meters. Very helpful to locate depth and detect if you are close to the bottom. Another good breaded line, it’s the "Jerry Brown Decade" 40 lbs, bit ticker but it’s a hollow core braided, very strong, but expensive. I recommended PE 1.5 to PE3 line size (20 to 40lb). Like speed jigging, you need to use 10-15 feet of clear leader, thin fluorocarbon leader is the best.
Slow jigging hooks
Slow jigging hooks are bit different than speed jigging hooks, they are fine and very sharp. When I say "Sharp", I mean the hook point grips into your skin when you touch it. The length of the assist cord can be long or short, just avoid getting hooks tangled. Hooks size are generaly smaller than those used for speed jigging, commom size is between 1/0 to 6/0. As the jig is often attacked during the descent, adding hooks at the jig's tail is a good thing, except if sea bottom is too crowded. During our last fishing trip, we just put two hooks on the jig head, as slow jigging hooks are so sharp, it's not uncommon to hang fish by the head, side, belly. Owner Guardian hooks and Oishi hooks have both closed bends, allowing better penetration into fish jaws and reduced stalls. Note on the picture how the hooks point is oriented towards hook eyes.
There's no specific hooks size to use with slow jig, just validate the head and tail hooks don't touch each other. Generally, here is what I recommend in terms of size, but this can vary depending on the jig's shape and how manufacturer made the hooks. The chart below is based on : DECOY JS-3, Owner Guardian, Oishi Kaiken, BKK 8070.
As Slow jig is a bit larger and fall flat, it has a tendency to DRAG during the drop, especially when current is strong and you need to go deep. Always keep line straigt is crucial, if you want feel the bite. So, it's very important to choose the correct jig weight and chose the thinner fishing line as possible. How to choose the right jig? that depends on targeted species, if the fish live close to the bottom (snappers, grouper), I will go with a woobling jig as "Slowman, Knocker, Fusion jigs", larger profil, slow drop. In contrary, if you target a fish who stay in the water column as Jacks, Tuna, amberjack, I will go with "sliding" model as Blink, Infinite, Rider jigs.
Snappers or groupers are territorial fishes they will stay close to a structure, so they will not chase the jig as amberjacks, usually they will take the jig close to the bottom (1 to 10 meters). Also, you need to work your jig with very slow and give them more time. In a big school of snappers, first, you will feel smaller fishe's attack the jig, only after few second the big one will come. (Survival skills) In contrary, tunas, amberjacks, jacks, bonito will prefer jigs with "sliding" or "erratic" action. As they hunt vertically, fast animated jig will be much more successful.
About colors, I think color is really not a matter, usually blue, pink, silver color is the BEST. What jig weight will be the best? usually 150 to 200 grams jig is the good choice for (40 to 100 meter) depth. Between 10-30 meter, you can use 80-100 grams jigs, always try to go for the lighter weigth. I personnaly used 150-200 grams jig for the most situation, the only time I need to go with heavy jig as 240 grams, it's when I target deep species over 120 meters or current is too strong.
Always remember slow jigging hooks must be placed above the jig and not below. Otherwise you will hang in the sea floor. Normally, I recommend using only two hooks at the jig's head. With four hooks, you will catch more fish, but you will also hang the bottom. (Except if the sea floor is clean or soft) About rigs, you will need different size of solid split rings with you, depending of the target fish and jig size, you will need to match terminal size. You will also need a swivel or solid ring as anchor, because you can't attach directly the leader on the split ring or directly on the jig.
Terminal gear as split rings, solid rings (Size #5,6,8) are required, also swivel, assist cord (20,30), crazy glue, blade. Using a small plastic box is very helpful. For myself, I use the same box for speed and slow jigging terminal.
Terminal tackle box for jigging
We recommend to use at least 10 feet of 30-50lb fluocarbon or nylon leader. This length will allow you to bring the fish on board more easily, also the jig will appear completely free. You can use fluorocarbon if seafloor is very rocky or the water is very clear. Otherwise nylon leader does very well. I prefer thin leader size, otherwise it will deform the movement of the jig. To connect leader to the braid, I use an FG or PR Knot for a maximum strength.
Slow jgging motion
High pitch: Let the jig falls to the bottom, then, raise it quickly by two three turns of crank, because we don't want to be hanged. Subsequently, it's like "speed jigging" movements in slow motion, slower pace, the jig fall one second between each crank.
Slow pitch: Keep the rod parallel to the water plan, load the rod by one reel crank (or less) and make small pause between each turn crank. The jig will move from vertical to horizon and so on. Since the reel retrieves nearly one meter per crank, the jig rises with a left / right movement. It can be simply waddled close to the bottom (1 meter), it is very effective on snappers, always try to follow the sea floor.
Long pitch / long fall: Pull the jig up by high sticking the rod in direction of the sky, as soon as the rod reaches its full height, quickly drop the rod tip to the water level. Then, let the jig fall, follow the fishing line movement, as soon line change direction, set the hook. Repeat this motion and add a reel turn to change the jig position in the water column. Be careful not tangle the line on the rod tip.
We can also mix all his movements, use the one you like the most, the main thing is catching fish.
Slow jigging in Fresh water
Yes, Slow jigging is also very effective in freshwater during summer when fish stays under the thermocline. We did some tests on Champlain's lake trout and it works very well. When the water starts to warm up, trout stays under the thermocline, close to the bottom, concentrate at specific locations. At this moment, SLOW jigs become unbeatable. In terms of results, Mathieu and three friends made a hundred trouts in the same day, no trolling, it's about staying on top of the school and doing some intensive jigging. Best jigs weight is between 60 and 100gr in silver or blue color, a fine rigging is required, small size leader in Fluorocarbon 12-20 lbs.
Summer lake trout fishing, how to do it? Use SLOW Jig lure
Lake trout on Slow jig is the most efficient, effective and effortless way to catch lake trout during the summer months, no trolling, no downrigger, just locate the fishes and drop the jig. This technic is effective when trouts run down to the deeper part of the lake, usually they are grouped close to the bottom. Use a fish finder to locate the school, then drop a slow jig in front of them and let them come.
Most of the fishermen use rubber jigs or bucktail jigs, but these kind of jigs will never beat the wobbling action of the slow jig. The slow jig look like a falling dead minnow, it flash and vibrate by itself. Usually, 60,80,100 grams jig is perfect in term of size and drop speed for Lake trout. First, you drop the jig to the bottom, when the jig reach the floor, hit the lake floor with the jig few time, it move up some mud and dust, creating a dusty cloud that will attract fishes. At the moment they see the jig coming out, they will instinctively bite. Use a long jerk and long fall jigging move.
Knot to use
Use a FG Knot to connect braided line to your leader and between your leader and jig, you can use a "UNI Knot", "AG chain knot" or "San Diego jam knot"