Hooks for Slow Pitch Jigging

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doublehook02Sato’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.

doublehook01ASS 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.

IMG_1932So 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.

doublehook02The 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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  1. Kitidas Punyashthiti
    Kitidas Punyashthiti04-22-2013

    Hi Totos,
    On my recent trip to Japan, I saw these Anglers Support Service products in the stores, but didn’t get to buy any of it since I can make the double assist hook myself ( after watching Sato Sensei DVDs, of cause!). I just bought a bunch of Decoy AS-03P hooks which are hard to find here. There are several DIY kits for those who are interested available in those stores too.
    Best regards,
    Kitidas P.

    • Totos
      Totos04-23-2013

      Thank you Kitidas. I forgot this part. I just added the article.
      I hope you are enjoying the assembly. Because I gave up the bobbin work and stay with the easy know. Good luck!!!

  2. Daz
    Daz05-16-2013

    I cannot make the knot to the solid ring on the economy version….aaaaarrrrrrgggh!

    • Totos
      Totos05-16-2013

      Hi Daz.
      Send me a message and tell me what the problem is.

  3. Daz
    Daz11-12-2013

    Hi Totos
    Just wondering what brand of split ring pliers you choose to use for attaching your hooks?

    The hots rings, although strong, are small and my pliers are a bit clumsy- maybe I’m clumsy.

    Thanks
    Daz

    • Totos
      Totos11-12-2013

      Hi Daz.
      It’s true that slow pitch pursues such finesse that even the rings are so small.
      I used to use a bigger prier but I changed it for the same reason you have now. I now use a prier from Maria.

      But any prier will do only if it’s small enough. it’s important that you can work smoothly because we often change jigs and hooks in a hurry on the boat.

      I also bring a little prier from Shimano which I normally use in my light shore game.

      This is very popular among our fellow anglers.

  4. hazadin
    hazadin10-04-2015

    totos,
    can you show the picture/illustrations of a complete rigging
    as
    rear hooks(brand/no)+solid ring (brand/no)+ split ring(brand/no)+jig(brand/weight/colour)+split ring + solid ring + knot + leader(length) + knot + mainline (length) + rod (PE/brand/) + reel(brand/size)

    • Totos
      Totos10-08-2015

      OK Hazadin. I will work on it.

  5. Irving
    Irving10-13-2015

    Hi Totos, may I know A.S.S original hook No.22 are usually what sizes? – http://global.rakuten.com/en/store/amberjack/item/fg-as-fook22-50/

    I usually use Owner Cultive SJ-38 Stinger size 5/0.

    Would they be similar? I usually use 170gsm to 210gsm jigs.

    Thanks!

  6. jeff
    jeff11-27-2015

    Heloo totos question about this Decoy DJ-88 Twin Pike Assist Hooks Size 2/0 (6127) ?what is you comment about this asisst hook. Its complete assist hook pack.

    • Totos
      Totos11-28-2015

      The assist cord in not fluoro cored.
      Good for the tail, but not for the head.

  7. Fernando Areias
    Fernando Areias01-03-2017

    Hey Toto,
    I’m trying to get some assist hooks, but I’m finding a hard time choosing the right ones. Can you please help me? I’m going to buy jigs from 120g to 250g.

    What’s the spec your recommend? At ebay they show something like this:

    A.S.S. Assist Hook 203 SF 20M (2035)

    Thanks again,
    Fernando

    • Totos
      Totos01-07-2017

      Hi Fernando.
      I know how confusing it is. There’s no universal sizing of hooks.
      With Pike, 2/0 or 3/0.
      With Jigger Light, 4/0 or 5/0
      With Kinryu and ASS, #20 or #22
      Generally speaking, use smaller size for 120g to 180g jigs, and bigger hooks for 180g to 250g.
      Good luck.

  8. Karma yudha
    Karma yudha03-27-2017

    Hello totos
    Im karma yudha, im rarely take fishing trip. But in every trip i always do it “slow jigging” technich. Always wacth ur chanel at youtube its help me to now all about slow jigging. But its hard to find about what the benefit if i use hook with ring or hook without ring? Just for decrease the total weight? Less metal?
    Need a good answer from you, im diehard fans of slow jigging but i use spining reel now 🙂
    Regards from Bali Island – Indonesia

    • Totos
      Totos04-10-2017

      Hi Karma. Thank you for supporting my website.
      Ring eye hook is stronger. Usually heavy wire. The knot can be stronger.
      But I think ring eye hook can work as a twisted hook for better hooking. If it slides on the skin of the fish, the point will catch it easily.

      Flat eye hook is much better in catch and penetrate. Usually light wire. By the way it’s knotted, the shank can be in a straight line with the assist cord. The hook doesn’t stagger through the water.

      For more reading for you, here’s a post about the hooks in details.
      http://www.anglers-secrets.com/in-depth-study-on-hooks-for-slow-pitch-jigging/

  9. Jeff Balazs
    Jeff Balazs10-19-2018

    Totos-San;
    Thanks for putting together such a great and informative site.
    I am in California, just getting into SPJ and have a question about hooks and rigging. I have bought a few jigs that are rigged from the factory. One model is a Williamson Vortex which is a fluttering action lure. It comes rigged with a large single hook at the top. Probably a 6/0 or 7/0. The rigging seems well engineered and includes a BB swivel and solid ring at the top. The way it is done the lure body is free to spin as it drops without having the large hook spinning with it. There is an eyelet at the bottom but no hooks. Do you think it is a good idea to add a pair of 3/0 hooks there or do you think that will destroy this lures action?

    Thank you again, Jeff

    • Totos
      Totos10-30-2018

      Hi Jeff.
      All the answers to your question is on this website, but I know it’s a lot of information.
      For the best result, I would remove the hook, and make your own double hooks on the head and the tail with fluoro cored assist cord.

      We have hooks on both ends of the jig because fish bites on “the front of the movement”. To fish, it is the head of the prey. They don’t care about the print that looks like an eye. And getting the head is the sure way to stop the prey like any other animals.

      We use light-wired (double) hooks because big fat hooks would interfere the movement of the jig. We make it double to reinforce the strength.

      We use fluoro-cored assist cord because in SPJ we use a lot of up-and-down motions and non-elastic assist cord would get the hooks tangled.

      We always try to use as little metal parts in our system as possible because metal parts would bring complication, a break of sensitivity, and according to Sato Sensei, “the less metal, the more fish”. We don’t use swivel. If ever the swivel really works at all, the jig may spin, yes. And the only action that we know for sure do not work with the lure is spinning. In any lure games, no fish would bite on a spinning object. You do not want your lure to spin.

      • Jeff
        Jeff10-31-2018

        Hello Totos;
        Thank you very much for your response. We have regulations here that do not allow 4 hooks when fishing for “ground” fish like snappers etc. We can only rig that way when targeting pelagic species.
        So do you recommend tying our leader directly to a solid ring and then swapping jigs by using a split ring? If we can only use two hooks should they be larger when used as single at each end of the jig? I know this may be outside of your experience but I am trying to understand and adapt to my conditions here.
        Thank you again. Jeff

        • Totos
          Totos10-31-2018

          Hi Jeff.
          Please check out the link for me terminal setup.
          http://www.anglers-secrets.com/my-terminal-setup-illustration/

          If you can only use 2 hooks, just use the lightest possible single hook on the head and the tail. You should have spare hooks of different sizes, so that when you don’t get contacts, you can always size down your hooks. Hook size is that 8mportant.

          • Jeff
            Jeff10-31-2018

            Totos; Thank you for your response. I will keep that all in mind as I delve into this exciting technique. So much to learn and take in. I feel SPJ has a lot of potential for this region but much needs to be considered and adapted to the prevailing conditions here.
            Thanks again, Jeff

  10. Overseas971
    Overseas97101-04-2019

    Hi Totos, I have a question concerning the color of the hook. Does it make any difference with silver, black or gold like shout kudako?

    Thanks in advance!

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