How to get out of snagging

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6e867c8aSlow pitch jigging expands the range of targets in jigging. Now the demersal fish like grouper, cod, snapper, and flounder are right within our reach. They are soooo delicious too!

Actually, Sato Sensei targeted specifically these fish to invent this method.

Snagging is a part of his game. He’s knocking on the bottom with the jig which has 4 hooks on. What do you expect? He looks for snagging. He knows that is where the fish is.
It’s also very common that you get a contact right after you get out of snag. All the shaking makes the sound and smoke which attract fish.
Sato Sensei makes that purposefully.

100 meter deep bottom is usually ancient geological layer. It’s covered by thick layer of thousands of years of ocean powder. And the rocky surface have been rounded by currents. So it’s easier to get out of snag here.

Shallow water, on the other hand, has rather new geological layer and it’s easy to get in and hard to get out of snag. It’s your precious expensive jig at stake here. But you need to come over your fear first when you want to hunt in this rich juicy field, the sea floor.

So here’s how he gets out of snag on YouTube.
Let’s learn and come over the fear of snagging. It’s really our fear of losing the jig that pulls up the snag to make it worse. And it’s also our unreadiness that makes us hit hard on the snag when we are surprised at a contact.

The video is all in Japanese. I wrote some translation and description to follow. Maybe you need to watch first, read, watch again, and read again to fully understand what he’s demonstrating.

When you feel a weight at the tip of your rod, don’t hit it right away.

Wait and see. If it’s a fish, it will surely move. Then you can hit it. Don’t worry about losing the contact. The kind of fish who attack on lures don’t let it go easily.

If you hit the snag, you can’t get out of it. You wait and see that it’s not moving, you’ll know it’s a snag and follow these steps.

STEP 1: Wave your rod tip

Move your rod tip like Sato Sensei. A little waving at the tip. Don’t do it too much. You can get of the snag in a couple of waving when you can.

STEP 2: Knocking with your hand

Listen to the snag with your hand on the line. If the jig is snagging head on, you can feel none is moving. If that’s the case, it’s unfortunate but you probably need to lose your jig.

But if you feel it’s moving a little, you can rescue it most of the times. Keep knocking on the snag. Keep in mind that it’s mostly the downward motion that gets it out. Pulling upward may make it worse. Let the jig weight pull down the snag out.

STEP 3: Whip your rod

Hold and shake the rod like Sato Seisei. Be careful when you do this as this is one of the popular cases you break your rod.

Again, it’s the moment of line slack that gets it out of the snag. Find the right line length where you can give both the tension and the release in the range of your whipping motions.

Personally this has saved me a lot of jigs. I am not afraid any more. I still do lose my jigs to snag sometimes especially when there’s choppy waves. But the cost is within my acceptable range for the very beneficial bottom game.

When you get out of snag, don’t forget to drop it again right there. You know your jig is right where the fish is. And it’s very possible that there are some attracted fish around because of all the commotion you just created.

I hope you find this article informative and helpful to you!

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  1. Daniel
    Daniel01-14-2014

    cool! informative!

    however there is another method here thats very popular in Singapore!

    we basically draw the line tight with one hand, and in the other hand pluck the line and then let the line slack immediately after!
    we do this repeatedly until the jig comes out
    almost like playing a guitar!

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