Which jig types to use in different conditions?



I’m writing in response to questions about which jig types to use in different conditions and tactics. I’m just sharing my own personal preferences. Remember the jig choice can be unlimited. You can be creative with the different action tone (rod power and jig weight combination) too. I just hope this will help you classify jig types.


What jig for the first drop?

When you get to the first fishing point of the day, one of the purposes to choose the first jig to drop is to evaluate the conditions. I recommend to use the same jig so that you can build up the senses to know how vertical you are, how the bottom current is moving, and what kind of fish will be interested, what kind of action is effective and so on.


Arc is what I recommend. It’s such a versatile semi-long jig. Fast to fall, great in uplifts and in falls. Ideal for the scouting jig. If you really get to know this jig, you can pick up a lot of information. Pay attention to how it lifts (light or heavy), how long it slides (long or short), and how it falls (fast or slow).


What jigs for slow conditions?

Sometimes the bottom current is not moving and the fish is slow. Even though you see fish one the fish locator, they are not biting.


Rector is such an effective, proven jig. Good for any fish. Works very well in uplifts and in falls. It falls like a falling leaf.
The only problem is that it’s slow to fall. When you are not in the vertical alignment, you don’t want to use this jig.


Secret Rector is Rector with ditches on the belly. It lifts lighter and slides longer at the end of the lifts. Bigger horizontal range of movement. So when you want to show more lifts, use Secret Rector. When you want to show lifts and falls, use Rector.


Abyss is pretty versatile but especially effective in falls. It’s a very technical jig and such fun to play with because the jig is so sensitive to your different actions. If you give no tension on the falls, the jig falls slow in random actions. If you give a little tension on the falls, the jig slashes down fast.


What jigs for non-vertical alignment?

When you are free-drifting, sometimes the wind pushes your boat and you can’t stay vertical. What you can do is to use light line and heavy jig to keep your line as straight as possible with the jig.


Spunky is fast-to-fall, light-action jig. For the normal use of this jig, when you want to show energetic action, you want to use this jig in strong action tone. But when the condition is tough and it’s hard to stay vertical, this jig does a great job in soft action tone (heavy jig weight for the rod power) too.


Arrow is the latest addition to SFC jigs. It was designed specifically for free-drifting situation. Very fast to fall, and very sensible to respond. Try not to use fall actions much. Imagine that it suspends in the water at the end of the lifts. It’s great for Tuna too.


What jigs for deep waters?

I’d say 150m+ deep waters as being on the spankered boat. If you are free-drifting, you can say 100m+ deep waters.


Cranky is very responsive jig. It doesn’t make big actions but very effective by small short rod actions. Available in heavy weight as 500g too.


Gawky is specifically designed for fall actions in deep waters. Available in heavy weight as 900g.

This is condition-oriented classification. Each jig types are NOT limited to above conditions. In the field, I try every jig types until I find the lucky jig.

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

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  1. Jose Rodrigues
    Jose Rodrigues01-19-2018

    Dear Totos
    I am really grateful for all the information you share with us, non-Japanese speakers.
    Thank you so much for this information. It is indeed a great, helpful summary.
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    Kind regards

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