Seafloor Control Jig Tactical Info

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Here is some practical information of Seafloor Control jigs in comparison with each other as I understand and use them in the field. And I have had it double checked with Seafloor Control.

Seafloor Control Jig Catalogue →

Sliding Actions

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Messiah swims the most when given a strong punch.
Spunky does so well too that it can be used with a high pitch rod.
Rector is such a versatile jig that can be used both in high pitch and in dead slow or long-falling actions.
Cranky is more like a falling jig than Rector. Easy to control.
Gawky doesn’t swim. That is why we love it around the rocky bottom.

Falling Speed and Actions

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Messiah is the fastest to fall to the bottom. Its back sliding fall property is what makes Messiah such an unique long jig.
Spunky and Cranky are also fast in falling. Spunky falls more regularly and it’s faster. Spunky is mainly used for its sliding, horizontal movement property. Cranky shows different irregular patterns.
Gawky simply wobbles to fall. Medium speed.
Rector are slow to fall, mainly because Rector rocks like a falling leaf.

sfcjig_gawkyGAWKY is one of the first and the best long fall jigs. It’s the specialist. It’s not meant to lift fast. Lift slowly, softly and simply drop. Try to lift slower than its falls. Keep in mind that it doesn’t slide sideways so that the movements is basically simple up and down. It’s easy to use around the structures. It also means you don’t want to spoil its falling properties by brash uplifts. It’s also a characteristic of Gawky that it can be used in the same manner no matter how shallow or deep.
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sfcjig_rectorRECTOR is a versatile jig. It follows well to punchy uplifts and falls slowly like a leaf. A great pilot jig to try different tones of application to see what works best. Not wise to use in strong currents due to its slow fall speed. But in the deep area, where the water pulls the jig down and the rod can’t kick it up, Rector works well with a simple lift and fall. Because as soon as it falls, it slides on its side and performs nice falling actions. There’s so many techniques you can practice with this jig.
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sfcjig_crankyCRANKY is a fall jig with different irregular falling actions, designed by Norihiro Sato himself. Unlike Gawky, it’s also very responsive to uplifts. Even though it doesn’t slide to the side at the pitch, Cranky follows lightly to uplifts and lies on its side quickly for all the falling actions to follow. Irregular falling actions automatically perform “the change of pace” that triggers the fish to react. It’s nice to make many small hesitating uplifts to the top and then let it fall all the way down. It’s fast to drop, making this jig very effective in strong currents and complex currents. This is still a new product and heavy weights have not been in production yet. The heavy weights have been very much longed for by many deep sea jiggers.
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sfcjig_spunkySPUNKY has a slim body that cuts through the water. At the punchy uplifts, it slides sideways in light energetic movements which is very attractive to the fish with good swimming ability. Focus on punching each pitches with good intervals in between. Spunky can slide for a pretty long time, followed by natural falling actions. It’s important not to interfere its natural movements. Keep in mind that the movements are more horizontal, it can stay in the same depth longer. When the fish is not active, you may be able to switch them on with the energetic movements of this jig. Great to work in strong currents and in complex currents too.
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sfcjig_messiahMESSIAH is an ultimate sliding long jig. Sometimes high pitch makes it slide even 2 or 3 meters to the side. Even when you are in diagonal alignment with the jig in the shallow area, it still slides so well. One of the characteristics of this jig is that it falls backwards and diagonally, while most other long jigs fall straight down, to which fish may lose interest. The long sliding and diagonal fall makes the whole sequence smooth and natural. When you mean to go after a big one, always get this one ready with a high pitch rod.
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You can find a video of high pitch demonstration in the gallery.

Because of its slide-falling actions, Messiah is sometimes effective in slow pitch as well. Use it in a standard setting with Slow Jerker, and focus on falling.

sfcjig_arcARC is a semi-long jig. It works in high-pitch, slow-pitch, and long-fall as well. The years of field tests show that it works great in medium action tone for runners like AJ and yellowtail. And it also works great in very soft action tone for delicious but ever cautious deep sea fish like blackthroat seaperch.

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When you are on a free-drifting boat and have hard time to stay vertical, you can count on this jig. Fast to fall. It is designed to work in super deep water, in a lot of water influence. It works well in strong currents.
When given a strong impact, it’s got the shape that carries the momentum to go far to the side. Also when falling, the center-balanced semi-long jig does a lot of flashing and spinning rotations, hence, it draws a lot of attentions.

200g, 230g and 260g have been approved by Sato Sensei, and now on sale. But he hasn’t given a go to other weights yet. They need more fine-tuning.

Field Test #1
Depth: 80m to 150m
Target: Amberjack, Yellowtail, Tuna
Model: Arc 260g
Rod: Slow Jerker 603-4 and 603-6 < medium action tone >

Field Test #2
Depth: 100m to 150m
Target: Demersal fish
Model: Arc 260g
Rod: Slow Jerker 603-4 and 603-6 < medium action tone >

Field Test #3
Depth: 200m to 260m
Target: Deep sea fish
Model: Arc 260g
Rod: Slow Jerker 603-3 and 603-4 < soft action tone >

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ABYSS is a medium size jig with a little fat body. It looks small for its weight. ABYSS is the latest Seafloor Control jig in 2015, yet is probably the most versatile jig that follows the angler’s actions in details. If you give punchy actions in strong tone, it will jump to the side and swim on its own. If you give soft small actions, it will lie on its side right away and start falling. If you give free falls, it will fall in various actions like a crippled bait. If you give a little tension to the fall, it will fall tail first and fast, like a bait fleeing for cover. It works great in currents and in the deep.
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Field Test #1
Depth: 80m to 150m
Target: Amberjack, Yellowtail, Tuna
Model: Arc 260g
Rod: Slow Jerker 603-4 and 603-6 < medium action tone >

Field Test #2
Depth: 100m to 200m
Target: Demersal fish
Model: Arc 260g
Rod: Slow Jerker 603-4 and 603-6 < medium action tone >

Field Test #3
Depth: 200m to 300m
Target: Deep sea fish
Model: Arc 260g
Rod: Slow Jerker 603-3 and 603-4 < soft action tone >

Rod and Jig Match

Rod GAWKY RECTOR CRANKY SPUNKY MESSIAH
SETUP TONE Very Soft Soft –
Strong
Medium Strong Very Strong
Slow Jerker 603-2 60g
80g
100g
130g
150g
180g
60g
80g
100g
130g
150g
90g
120g
140g
60g
80g
100g
Slow Jerker 603-3 150g
180g
220g
260g
300g
100g
130g
150g
180g
210g
120g
140g
170g
200g
100g
130g
150g
80g
100g
Slow Jerker 603-4 180g
220g
260g
300g
340g
380g
150g
180g
210g
240g
270g
170g
200g
230g
260g
150g
180g
210g
100g
130g
150g
180g
Slow Jerker 603-6 260g
300g
340g
380g
420g
450g
210g
240g
270g
300g
330g
230g
260g
290g
320g
180g
210g
130g
150g
180g
220g
High Pitch Jerker 600 340g
380g
420g
450g
500g
600g
300g
330g
360g
390g
420g
450g
290g
320g
360g
400g
210g 150g
180g
220g
High Pitch Jerker 504 330g
360g
390g
420g
450g
500g
180g
220g
260g
300g
High Pitch Jerker 501 330g
360g
390g
420g
450g
500g
600g
220g
260g
300g
350g
High Pitch Jerker 401 450g
500g
600g
700g
800g
900g
400g
450g
500g
600g
The rod and jig match is just a point of reference to perform the jig’s most characteristic properties. You should be flexible to change the relative balance to lighter or heavier, at least 1 or 2 jig sizes, according to your tactics and sea conditions.

Evergreen Poseidon series as the rod reference is considered the best slow pitch rod. One of the advantages is that each Slow Jerker models perform well in such a wide range of jig weights. If you downsize or upsize by couples of oz, or if the water influence of the current and the depth changes, it still works as strong and as slow as it’s supposed to.

In slow pitch jigging, generally speaking, you use double the size of jig to the depth. In 50m of water, 100g class. In 100m, 200g class. But it all depends on your tactics and the water influence. For example, purposeful use of 260g Gawky or Messiah in the 50m deep has proven to be effective for giant groupers in the shallow area. As long as you are aligned in a straight vertical line with the jig, it works.

Adaptability to Currents

Current Speed GAWKY RECTOR CRANKY SPUNKY MESSIAH
0 to 1 knot A A A B A
1 to 2 knot A B A B A
2 knot and more B C B A A
Complex Currents B C B A A

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  1. Carl Hurley
    Carl Hurley03-08-2014

    totos how do you control the line when you are letting the lure fall

    • Totos
      Totos03-08-2014

      Hi Carl.
      If you are letting the jig fall, you don’t retrieve and bring down the rod slowly as the line goes down. I’d like to give just a little tension on the line. Just enough to listen. There’s usually wind that pushes the line a little. I use that to give the little tension and not to get the line tangled with the rod guides. It’s when your rod gets ahead of the line that the line tangles with the guides.

      If I bring down the rod fast and get the line slack piled on the water , I find it easy to get the line to catch the guides, hard to listen for any contacts, and hard to get the rhythm going in your action sequence.

      Hope it clears out your question.

  2. Samuel Chieng
    Samuel Chieng05-11-2015

    Hi Totos,

    In this segment, I would like to know how the SFC Scout works. The actions and best way to work it and in what conditions. Many thanx.

    Sam.

  3. Jesse Calonge
    Jesse Calonge10-06-2016

    Hi Totos, newbie here, i would like to try jigging for the first time. I have a rod Eupro Shugon Slow Jigging rated PE3 at 200gram max. Reel is Shimano Biomaster 5000xg with braided line PE1.5. I would like to try 100m deep water. Which seafloor control jig should i try first? What size and color? Thanks

    • Totos
      Totos10-24-2016

      Hi Jesse. Welcome to slow pitch jigging.
      So you are on spinning. So your action will be faster.

      Arc 200g, 230g
      Cranky 200g, 230g
      Abyss 230g, 260g
      Arrow 260g

  4. Jesse
    Jesse10-09-2016

    Hi Totos,
    After reading your post, i develop an interest to start jigging. Which of the seafloorcontrol should i try first? what model, size and color. The depth that i’ll be fishing is from 50 to 100 meters. Thanks

    • Totos
      Totos10-24-2016

      Hi Jesse.
      I will send you an email. This will be a personalized suggestion for you. Let’s discuss over emails.

      – How is your boat operating while fishing? Free-drifting? Drifting with sea-anchor? Or controlled drift by the captain?
      – What reel and line are you using?

      Standing by for your reply.

  5. Maximus_next
    Maximus_next12-10-2016

    Hi!I have evergreen poseidon sj -3 and saltiga 15hlsj.1.5 shimano ocea 1.5pe braid.Fishing depth 30-120m.Target fish amberjacks,king mackerel and grouper.Need your advice for type of seafloor control jigs and their weight.

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