Hooks for Slow Pitch Jigging
Sato’s Double Hooks
This is the pre-rigged double hook from Anglers Support Service (ASS), just as how Sato Sensei makes then with Pike hooks from Decoy with PE20 with Fluoro core. Available at 1026 yen.
ASS Double Hooks
This is the economy version by ASS, available at 598 yen. The hooks are ASS original with the hole in the eye. The assist line is knotted to the hooks, not a PR knot like the Sato’s Double Hooks.
Sato Sensei came up with this technique of slow pitch jigging in order to get contacts in the time of the day when it’s slow and no one else is getting fish. Everything had to be fine tuned. But on the other hand, he wanted to be ready for a big one with the remarkably light tackle he uses. So he’s gone around every tiny little details for finesse and power.
And that is how he constantly catches the most fish, in a good day or a bad day. He says 90% of the difference is in preparation.
So it’s a double hook. And the assist line has fluoro line running through PE braided so it’s very firm.
Slow pitch utilizes a lot of small actions and falling actions. The head of the jig moves up and down a lot. The firmness of the fluoro cored PE assist line keeps it away from tangling up with the leader. Still, it’s flexible enough to be swallowed by fish easily. Yet, when it comes to finding the fish to hook, non-cored PE has the advantage.
So we usually put the fluoro cored PE assist line on the head of the jig, and non-cored PE assist line on the rear of the jig. The rear hook has less chances of tangling, but when you do get the rear hook tangling, you can switch it to fluoro cored PE too. When you apply punchy slow pitch, something closer to high pitch, you get more chances of the rear hook tangling up. Because when the jig swims to the side, it’s getting close to parallel to the leader. In high pitch, you just take off the rear hook.
Fish make bites on the front of the movement, the head of the prey. When the jig is uplifting, fish bites on the head of the jig. When the jig is falling, fish bites on the rear of the jig.
Slow pitch Jigging Principles
Sato Sensei’s principles about the line system are like this;
- The light PE that doesn’t stretch gives more control of the jig.
- Use less metal parts in your system as possible.
- Go for lighter line and less metals when you want contacts.
- Always use the smallest and the toughest knots.
- It improves the jig’s falling performances when you have hooks on the flat side of the jig.
- Hook setting does change the jig movements. See it for yourself at the shallow water.
The double hooks came out of these ideas. The hooks are positioned as pointing to each other. It means to get one hooked from inside of fish mouth and get the other from outside. When you hook a fish like that you’ll never unhook it, because the physics work in a way that the fish fight away only to result in hooking deeper and completely. Even when you don’t hook like that, 2 hooks assist each other, sharing the burden of fish fight. And we have 4 hooks total. It means you can use light-weight fine hooks which are easier to be swallowed. Once one hook finds the fish, the others will find some places to hook, eventually “hugging” the fish.
But the problem I see is that you can hardly release your catch. A lot of times fish get deep wounds. You need to take home and eat it.
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