High Pitch Jerk
Video demonstration of high pitch jerk has been requested from some of our readers. So here it goes.
Basic Principal of High Pitch Jerk
High pitch jerk is a part of slow pitch jigging. Sato Sensei emphasizes that High pitch jerk is at one end of the continuous range of slow pitch principal.
The application of slow pitch jigging is to give a moment in every pitch. A moment for the rod to spring back so that the jig lies or slides on its side, and the following moment for the jig to fall. Because these moments are when fish makes most bites.
High Pitch Jerk is on the same principal, but with more power. It utilizes;
- Stronger rod that springs back the jig harder.
- Reel with maximum speed, preferably more than 100cm per crank.
- Long jig which has greater momentum to swim on its own.
- Stronger pitch and longer moment to hold up the rod.
As the consequences, the characteristics of high pitch jerk in comparison with slow pitch jerk are;
- The range of jig movements are horizontally wider.
- Works better under the influence of currents and swells.
- Requires your energy far more.
High pitch requires a little different setting from slow pitch.
- Don’t put on the rear hooks as they get tangled up with leader.
- May use a big single hook with a thicker assist hook line.
- May use a thicker PE line and leader.
High Pitch Jerk Basic Application
- Swing the rod with the full range from 0 degree down to 90 degrees up. It’s nice to push your rod and reel FORWARD, rather than UPWARD. Your rod will be more angled that way for more spring back to follow. If you try to bring it UPWARD, you’re like to use the muscle in your arms. You’d be totally wasted pretty soon this way. You would want to push FORWARD, using your big muscles in your back, keeping your chin down. You’d want to be as much energy efficient as possible.
- Watch the line slack after pitch. This hang time attracts most bites. It’s nice to bring up the rod to follow the line without giving tension so that you have less line slack and you can sense the contact. And when you just feel the weight of the jig at the tip of your rod, bring it down for another pitch.
- It doesn’t have to be a heavy weight jig. i.e. Slow Pitch Jerker 603-6 with a 100g jig can make high pitch. Just like slow pitch jigging, the highly-resilient rod with parabolic action is recommended.
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