In Slow-Pitch Jigging, there are plenty of variations of movements and sequences that we can experiment on. They can be roughly categorized into 3 major styles, personally I may say there are also other types of pitching that are much effective for hunting bottom dwellers fishes. Whom I can share more in future.
To make life easier, let's pin this method into three major variations.
Before deciding which variations that we wish to apply, it is advisable for us to take into consideration the preset conditions during fishing such as, the sea current condition, fish activities and the type of Jig profile that we are using.
Such considerations are super important to avoid unnecessarily allowing the jig to be drifted too far from the boat as a result of over pitching.
TYPE 1:Conventional pitch with minimal action on the rod:
Conventional pitch is the method where we are leveraging the power of the reel itself. The angle covered in each pitch will determine the amount of line that reeled in.
For instance, 1 Pitch, 1 Jerk, in basically 1 pitch per second tempo. Whereby in every pitch you made might be the combination of followings; 1 pitch can be 1 full crank, 1/2 crank, or 1/4 crank or others.
This is such a relaxing and addictive activity I would say, where you have the liberty to combine the amount of pitch either: 1,1,1 and half or 1/4 , 1/4 , and 1/2 or whichever combination that you may find fits. In essence this method is highly dependent on the rod sensitivity “let the rod do the work!”
It is worth mentioning that such method advantage hovers on the moment of stillness at the end of each pitch it created. Having said this, the jig will swim freely or free fall in a horizontal position.
Works well in a fair sea condition, with any fish activity levels. As long as the condition allows it, you can surely find a pattern that fish bites within the range of this variation.
Advantages are, more regular pattern of jig actions and minimal energy required for long duration jigging. Advisable for beginners to find rhythm in jigging.
TYPE 2: Binary pitch with high action on the rod:
Similarly to what we saw in the hi-speed jigging where jiggers tend to whip their rods vertically in synchronization with the reeling in rhythm. The same application as a concept, however with a aid of a strong backbone rod in slow pitch jigging, such similar deed will whip the jig in a more graceful slurring motion.
Key difference is that the tempo is much-much slower with a stint of making a long slur while pitching up the rod. The slow whipping shall produce a result of horizontal sliding motion with significant additional distance and at a much longer hang-time.
After each powerful pitch you may observe the line slack on the water as a result of suspended jig for a considerable amount of time. Kurodai COMPLOT swims for the longest distance. Sometimes it swims for 2 seconds and even 3 seconds horizontally.
This method works well in any sea conditions, with a high fish activity level. Sometimes the movement switches on the un-active fish too. This is basically a long shot for a big one.
Amongst the unseen advantages are, this method will allow the jigger to provide additional control on the rod, hence making the activity much fun and enjoyable. However with a higher consumption of energy hence it is strongly advisable for the intermediate jigger. This comes with a plus point: you will have the liberty to maximize the actions exerted on every jig profile using your creativity.
TYPE 3:The Legendary Free Fall
This is a very unique and effective method. This can be done by simply slowly lifting up your rod as high as you can. Let it free falling down with a slight control on the reel to avoid bird nests. You may use your thumb to control this similar to casting activity. You may sense the irregular actions exerted by the jig while free-falling and this is where we usually get the bite!. Pick it up at the bottom of the fall, reel 1 or 2 crank, lift, and free fall all the way.
To maximize the impact created by this method, you may utilize a softer rod with a fall jigs profile such as Kurodai FLUTTER. For example, PE 2.5 rod with 220g or heavier. The outcome is we intentionally wanted the jig to stay low profile during the lift, with minimal flip and flap.
Fall profile jigs are normally not reacting well to lifting, but plays an excellent performance during free falling. By simple slow long lift, you are making the change of pace that triggers the predators and creates huge curiosity for them.
Works well in any sea conditions, with any fish-active levels. But it may hamper the pace of fish search at a wider range. This method is preferred when the fishes are less active and is usually applied in combination with other slow pitch techniques.
Having all three main methods mentioned above are not limited to that only. Feel free to explore and continuously develop your own style in luring the fish. Tactical and continuous strategy is very important during jigging!