Slow pitch jig­ging

Mi­cro-jig lures are usu­ally de­signed to spark a re­ac­tion from fish, (they also tend to spark re­ac­tions from fish­er­man in shops). How­ever, when used prop­erly in slow-pitch jig­ging, they can be one of the most pro­duc­tive ways to tar­get snap­per and king­fish

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TECH­NIQUE

The re­trieve of a slow pitch is de­pen­dant on the rod spring, lifting the lure and danc­ing it an at­trac­tive man­ner.

1. The start­ing po­si­tion is point­ing down to­wards the wa­ter.

2. Raise the rod to ap­prox­i­mately 45 de­grees with a smooth ac­tion.

3. A fi­nal ‘flick’ at the top of the stroke helps raise the lure to give it a good dis­tance to drop and flut­ter

Keep an eye on the line as the slack is taken up from the fall­ing jig. The line will grad­u­ally pull tight as the lure falls, if there is any hes­i­ta­tion, it means a fish has struck.

The lure lift is just as im­por­tant as the drop with slow pitch jigs, so it’s im­por­tant to be pay­ing at­ten­tion at both times, but also con­cen­trate on vary­ing the re­trieve rates to try and find the ac­tion that trig­gers a strike.

Re­trieve rates can be al­tered with short or long pauses as well as full or half winds of the reel han­dle. Some­times a care­ful half wind, rather than a long lift, once the lure has hit the bot­tom, can be a very ef­fec­tive tech­nique.

FISH­ING WITH METAL

The lo­cal in­car­na­tions of mi­cro-jigs we see here in New Zealand have been adapted to fit with our unique fish­ing con­di­tions. This means that while they are still called ‘mi­cro-jigs’, they are de­signed to be larger than in other coun­tries where the wa­ter is calmer and clearer.

Slow pitch jigs have two sides to them; the con­cave side is called the scal­lop, and the con­vex side is called the hull. Th­ese two op­po­sites cause the jig to “flat fall” and sway from side to side when the line has no tension. This de­sign leaves the jig in the strike zone for longer

Me­chan­i­cal jig­ging by com­par­i­son, is dif­fer­ent be­cause knife jigs are gen­er­ally danced to the sur­face and don’t flut­ter as much.

Vi­bra­tion is an­other el­e­ment that can at­tract and draw fish to strike a lure. The lat­eral line of a bony fish is de­signed to sense elec­tri­cal stim­uli in the fish’s en­vi­ron­ment, ei­ther as a method of find­ing prey or of avoid­ing be­com­ing lunch for a big­ger fish.

RIG­GING

Most mi­cro-jigs are rigged with as­sist hooks at the head and are gen­er­ally small when com­pared to other kinds of lures. The de­sign is in­tended catch the fish’s lips and sur­round­ing jaw in­stead of deep within the mouth. Care­fully play­ing the fish is im­por­tant to avoid the hooks be­ing ripped out of the fish’s lips.

Lighter line can help im­part bet­ter ac­tion to a lure as it of­fers re­duced drag, al­low­ing for a more nat­u­ral pre­sen­ta­tion. It also al­lows deeper wa­ter to be fished, speed­ing up a light lures de­cent into the strike zone.

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