FAQ: How should I match the rod to the jig?
Maybe we focus on 90-120m? Or should I buy a dozen jigs for each range?
It seems that I haven’t been able to explain effectively how to match the rod and the jig.
Having 2 rods of different power is very efficient in the field. But the depth is not the only factor of how we choose the rod. It is just one of many factors. And the jig weight is just one of the factors too. For example, when we fish in 300m deep, we may use 603-3 (Slow Jerker 3oz rod) with 400g jig. And we may use 603-6 (Slow Jerker 6oz rod) at 70m deep with 150g.
One of the keys to the success is to know what action tone you have at the moment. And to choose the type of jig that works best in that action tone.
Action tone is my coined word. It’s how strong the rod is (in term of springing back the bend) in relation with water resistance.
Action tone is determined by the balance of your rod power and the water resistance.
Water resistance is determined by the jig weight, your line, the currents, the depth, and how vertical your boat is with your jig. These factors are what your rod has to work against.
The depth is just one factor. You just need to drop to the bottom to see what action tone you are getting on your rod at that time. And it’s important to always pay attention to the water resistance that is constantly changing while fishing. This awareness makes a huge difference.
If you hold up the rod at 3 o’clock and the rod springs up slowly but completely, you are in medium action tone.
If the rod springs back fast, you are in strong action tone.
When the rod doesn’t springs back completely at 3 o’clock, but it springs up at 1 o’clock, or not completely at 1 o’clock either, you are in soft action tone.
This is a chart of different action tones by rod to jig match. It’s just to give you a reference point. The actual action tone in the field can be totally different by the water resistance.
|Rod||Strong Action Tone||Medium Action Tone||Soft Action Tone|
|Slow Jerker 603-2||60g – 80g||80g – 120g||120g – 180g|
|Slow Jerker 603-3||80g – 130g||130g – 150g||150g – 300g|
|Slow Jerker 603-4||100g – 150g||150g – 210g||210g – 400g|
|Slow Jerker 603-6||120g – 210g||210g – 270g||270g – 500g|
|High Pitch Jerker 600||150g – 300g||300g – 380g||380g – 600g|
|Typical Jig Selection
in Each Action Tones
There is no clear definitions of each action tone. There’s no clear boundaries. I’m just trying to explain how we sense and judge what jig of what weight to use. Each action tones are a succession of different degrees.
(We do longfall with the soft extreme, and we do high pitch with the strong extreme)
Jig weight is just one of the factors to determine the water resistance.
The water resistance is pretty different in 40m and 80m, isn’t that right? And it changes every hour and it’s different in places too.
So, we need to build up our senses to know how heavy is the water is and what action tone your rod is at.
For example, let’s say you have a 150g jig on 603-3.
603-3 to 150g is supposed to be medium action tone. It’s medium at 40m (A). But it can be soft action tone at 80m because the water pulls down your line more (B).
Let’s say 2 hours pass. Now the current has eased down. It’s close to strong action tone at 40m (C). It’s medium at 80m (D).
And each jigs have preferred certain action tone which they work best with. Gawky works best at soft action tone, so 150g Gawky will work in (B) situation but not in others with 603-3. Spunky works best at strong action tone, so 150g Spunky will work in (C) situation but not in others with 603-3.
So it’s very important for us to build up that sense to judge the water resistance and to choose the weight and the type of the jig accordingly. Plus, it’s always nice to have 2 different power rods.
Factors to Determine Water Resistance
- jig weight
- how vertical you are aligned with the jig
- currents (different in depth)
- your line (how much it catches current)
How to choose a rod to jig match?
Here is the chart of my mind process when choosing a rod to jig match. There are a lot of factors to consider. And you want to pay attention to the feedback from the water. The same soft action setup can be medium action tone an hour later when the current changes.
|Question #1||How deep is it?|
|Question #2||What is the water resistance like?|
|Your Fact||Vertical from a spankered boat. Medium cuurent with not complexity|
|Question #3||What does the sounder show?|
|Your Fact||Some scattered concentration up to 10m off the bottom.
(No typical indications. Anything can happen.)
|Question #4||Do you want the size or the contact?|
|Your Choice||I want the contact. Expecting up to 10kg, no more than 15kg.|
|Question #5||What action tone do you choose?|
slow and falling
sliding / falling combinations
energetic and sliding
|Question #6||What rod makes the action tone with that weight?|
603-3 w/ 220g+
603-4 w/ 180g+
603-6 w/ 150g+
|Question #7||What jig and what weight with what rod?|
|Your Choice #1||220g Gawky
|Your Choice #2||300g Gawky
|Your Choice #3||240g Rector
|Question #8||You still don’t get a contact. What are the other anglers on the boat doing?|
|Your Choice||Do the same as the one who is catching.||Do different from anyone else.||Do somethings you haven’t done.|
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