1 Pitch, 1 Jerk, in basically 1 pitch per second tempo. 1 pitch can be 1 full crank, 1/2 crank, or 1/4 crank or others. Has a moment of stillness at the end of each pitch so that the jig can free swim or free fall in a horizontal position.
Works well in a fair sea condition, with any fish-active levels. As long as the condition allows it, you can surely find a pattern that fish bites within the range of this variation.
Basically it’s the same applications as Slow Pitch Jerk, but with more powerful rod which really whips out the jig. This is different from the conventional hi speed jigging. The tempo is slow like Slow Pitch Jerk or even slower. Because the whipping is powerful that the jig flies for more distance and for longer time. After each poweful pitch you see the line slack on the water stays hanging there for a long time. Sometimes for 2 seconds and even 3 seconds. Characteristically uses long jigs.
Works well in any sea conditions, with high fish-active level. Sometimes the movement switches on the unactive fish. It’s always worth to try it once at sunrise and sunset, when a big fish is expected.
This is a very unique and effective method. Simple lift up as high as your rod can reach and a free fall. Repeats 1 crank, lift and free fall. Utilizes soft rod with fall jigs. For example, we use 6oz rod for 180g jig in slow pitch jerk, but in long fall jerk, 3oz rod for 180g. Because we want to stay low profile on the lift, not much flip and flop. Fall jig would not react well to lifting anyway, but plays excellent performance in falling.
Works well in any sea conditions, with any fish-active levels. It’s slow to search wide areas and build up your game. There are less variations you can choose and change. Strategically limited. In short, boring if you stay with it too long.
Sato Sensei established each principals. But he also emphasizes that these are not 3 different methods. They are just the characteristics of Slow-Pitch jigging and the continuous strategies combining all the characteristics are very important in the field.
Introduction to Long Fall Jerk
This is the introduction to Norihiro Sato DVD #6, Long Fall Jerk.
Combination with Slow Pitch Jerk and Long Fall Jerk
This is demonstrated by my friend, one of the leading jiggers in Okinawa.
See how smoothly he changes the pace and the rhythm. If your rod tip moves so lively like this, your jig is moving lively as well.
Knowing When To Do What Variation
Sunset and Sunrise are when the fish gets activated, no matter what the tides are. I would go for a big one with high pitch with a long jig. Hi Pitch works well with the fast monster swimmers. Long Fall works well with the big fat ambushers. Slow Pitch does work well for both, but if you have Hi Pitch and Long Fall, I would save Slow Pitch for later.
When the current is not moving, this is when the fishing is tough as fish is not active. This is when Slow Pitch and Long Fall take effects. Slow Pitch detects the most bites. Especially when the other anglers on your boat are doing hi-speed jigging or Hi Pitch, you'll be the only one who catches fish. Fish is not active enough to chase those fast moving jigs, but it catches their attentions. And they will see before their eyes, there is this easy target, a goofy hopping unguarded fish, or maybe an injured fish swimming funny.
Long Fall constantly works. Sometimes the upper current is moving and the bottom current is not moving. This is a tough situation, as fish is in the calm water around the bottom, not activated, but your line is under a big influence of the upper currents. Long Fall still works in a situation like this.
Sometimes Slow Pitch is just hard to do. The current is too strong. The deep water is giving too much pressure to your line. Or the waves are too choppy to give subtle inputs. These are times that Hi Pitch and Long Fall take effects.
Fast Tempting Lift
It's effective to give 3 to 4 hi-speed pitches sometimes in the sequence. Fast moving objects do attract attentions. 3 to 4 cranks will move the jig for 2m to 3m. A nice invitation to catch attentions or to make them start chasing. Then slow pitch will follow. Jumping from side to side must give an impression of "a reachable target", with enough moments for the fish to make bites.
Change Drop Point
Most of the bites happen near the bottom. It's usually up to 20m from the bottom where you play your sequences and drop back to the bottom. With Slow Pitch or Long Fall, sometimes you can narrow your range to 10m, which is strategically good and effective. But after couples of attempts, you should reel up your jig about 30m or so and then drop back down. The jig will drip down to a different place and you can start over again.
The fun part of this game is that you can intentionally change your methods to make a difference. There are times that you feel so good moving your jig, almost like playing music, and sure enough the fish bites. And there are times you have doubts in everything you do, any jig you pick, and nothing feels right. There are times that you are giving everything you got and nothing bites.
No matter what the fish liked or didn’t like, no matter what the ocean allowed or didn’t allow, the important thing is whether or not you feel that you’ve given every shots you got at the end of the day.
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