Doesn’t it get snagged when you put on the rear hook?


Snagging is always a concern for jiggers as the jigs are pretty expensive toys.

The reason of putting on the rear hook is that fish bites on the rear when the jig is falling. And slow pitch jigging emphasizes on the fall. And Sato Sensei developed this method initially to target bottom fish which lives around structures. He’s not afraid of snagging, and he rather likes to find structures because that’s where the fish is.

He gets off the snag and immediately drops the jig to get contacts. Sometimes he gets contact right after the snag as he explains that all the shaking and bumping attracts the curiosity of the fish. My experience confirms that too.

When asked the title question, Sato Sensei answered when it snags it snags with or without the rear hook. Don’t put on the rear hook if you don’t want to hook a fish on the falling jig.

To prevent snagging it’s important that you don’t let the jig sit on the bottom. There is a second or 2 before the hooks touch the bottom after the jig did. We use a conventional reel for this game. It’s easy to feel the instant of touching the bottom.

Sato Sensei also changes the angle of the point of the hook. He adjusts the hook point directly toward the top of the hook. It increases the penetration force in hooking and decreases snagging. It’s shown in the bottom video.
I have tried it myself. But one day I just couldn’t hook up fish on the bites. Probably because I’m not doing something right, but I missed so many bites and decided not to do this adjustment until I learned further.

Anyway, here’s a video of Sato Sensei demonstrating how to get off the snag.

How to get off snag

First, something knocks. Don’t hit it right away. If you pull hard the snag, you’ll never be able to get off of it. If it’s the fish, you’ll definitely feel it moving. If it’s a snag, try moving your rod tip gently, giving line slack. Do this couples of time, not to many, and it gets off when it can.

Second, use your hand. Feel the weight of the jig. Never pull hard.
When the rear hook is snagged, you feel the jig moving a little and you can usually get this one off. The weight of the jig can help to get off the snag if you let it.
Sometimes the jig head itself gets stuck and you don’t feel anything moving at all. This one is hard to get off.

Thirdly, shake your rod with your both hands. But make sure you give line slack in each shaking. If you keep pulling you’ll never be able to get it off.

How to adjust hook point

Don’t pinch the hook to adjust the hook point, as it would change the whole shape of the hook and loses its property. Use the special pliers to change just the angle of the hook point.

  1. Dan

    Hi Totos,
    You are very right. When the top hooks have found the structure it is very difficult to rescue a jig. Most times they help make the reef bigger. On bottom hooks many times they jiggle off like Sensei Sato demonstrated in his clip. I think that is the best method.

  2. Totos

    Hi Dan.
    Thanks for your comment. Nice to hear your confirmation.
    The hardest part, I think, is not to swing up to hook the earth. When you are wanting a contact so bad, the knock on the line would feel nothing but what you have been waiting for. You have be calm as a monk to just listen to that knock!

  3. Elias

    Hi Totos
    I noticed in the video with the hook tip adjacement that Sato Sensei uses a squid skirt with the hook!!!! Any comments on that? Better, worse, the same?? Thanks Elias

    • Totos

      Hi Elias.
      That’s right. Sometimes Sato Sensei puts on a squid skirt with the hook when he targets specific bottom fish. It’s one of thousands of tactics he plays.
      If you put on anything extra in your system, that slows down the jig and makes it move less.
      But it does not necessarily mean it’s bad. Sometimes fish might like slow and less movements. Who knows? And squid skirts or skins on the hook have their own charms.
      It’s one of the options. And everything is an option. Be free in mind, trust your intuition, and try and see!!! Fish will give you answers, yes or no. And it changes everyday, every hour.

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