FAQ: Why does it have to be so vertical for slow-pitch jigging?
Why does it have to be vertical?
When you have your line going sideways into the water, the whole picture would look like this. The current is pushing the line and you are not in a straight line with your jig. Sometimes you can’t even touch the bottom as the current is pushing the line so much to hang your jig mid-water.
When you try to move the jig with reeling and jerking, you may be just moving the line, and not the jig. Your jig may be just hanging mid-water, something you can never catch a fish with.
Hi-speed jigging would reel in the line so fast and so hard that it can move the jig somehow. But slow-pitch jigging relies on the sequence of small uplifts and falls, and unless you are in a vertical alignment with the jig, the water influence may be canceling all your applications.
In our effort to cut the water influence, we can use thinner line. We can use a heavier jig. In application, the high pitch jerk generates stronger and faster impact to cut through the water influence and move the jig. Also, the long-fall jerk is bigger in motion, better chances to move the jig.
It’s so important to stay in a vertical alignment with the jig to have direct, finesse control of your jig. Staying vertical is a vital point in slow pitch jigging.
How do you maneuver your boat?
The left chart is free drift. The example shows that the current is moving from up to down. The wind is blowing from right to left. You drop a jig in 1 point, the wind and the current together move the boat, mostly the wind, while your jig is influenced by only the current.
It is very hard to do slow-pitch jigging with free drifting. Maybe it works in a minimum wind and minimum current. It’s just so hard because you have to pull up your jig back for so many times.
This is sea-anchor, or parachute anchor. You put in a drogue in the water. The wind pushes the boat, but the drogue puts on a break by catching all the water. It slows down the wind influence and let the boat move with the current, therefore, with the jig.
But you cannot control how much break you put on, and the synchronicity lasts only for certain extent. It’s up to the directions and amounts of wind and current. Also, some small boats have too much buoyancy and shallow draft that the sea-anchor just cannot slow down the wind drift.
Still, the sea-anchor is an effort to stay vertical and a minimum requirement for slow-pitch jigging.
This is Spanker, a tail sail. Most of Japanese jigging boats have this sail. It keeps the boat up wind, a position that catches the least influence by the wind. And a little throttle forward can cancel the wind influence. It takes the skills of the captain, but you can actually move right with the current.
You can have your line straight down, keeping you in a straight line with the jig, therefore, the direct control of the jig movements.
What is Spanker?
It’s nothing but a lid on the propeller which you can close to your desired angle. It is a very useful function when you use Spanker. Spanker sets the boat upwind. You set the throttle at the minimum and close this lid just enough to cancel the wind. And you can concentrate on your fishing.
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