Fish Fight Part 1: Don’t pump your rod
The fighting style of Slow Pitch Jigging is also unique.
What I was used to doing like most anglers is that you pull up your rod and, while you bring it back down, wind up the reel and repeat that “pumping” actions. But with Slow Pitch Jigging, we don’t pump like that.
See the video of a man catching a 35kg Amberjack.
|Rod||Evergreen Poseidon Slow Jerker 603-4|
|Reel||Shimano Ocea Jigger 2000NR-HG|
|Line||Berkley Fireline Tracer Braid PE2.0 (30lb)
Seaguar FC #8
|Hook||Katsuichi Pike 2/0|
|Jig||Deepliner Freq 300g|
This is Captain Higashiyama, one of the pioneering slow-pitch jiggers and also the producer of Deepliner jigs. His skill is widely and highly admired by Japanese jiggers. He caught this fish with PE#2.0 30lb line!!! His Deepliner’s 300kg FREQ jig had 4 of 2/0 size hooks, and when the fish was landed, 3 of them were broken and 1 that was hooking was extended. He was still able to pull that one out.
I’ve seen the other video of him catching a smaller Amberjack, probably about 10kg. His style is like Tai-chi. Holding the rod down, sometimes he sends down the rod into the water and brings it back up in a flowing motion, using the finest thuming control. He was letting the fish run and then bring the head around, letting the head shake and then bring it around, repeatedly. He was not like fighting, he was like walking the fish. It was a beauty. Unfortunately I can’t find it on YouTube anymore.
Keep your rod down
So you keep your rod down, reel in steadily and calmly, let your reel drag do the job to release tensions. This is considered to be the fight with the lowest risks of unhooking the fish.
With Slow Pitch jigging, we use such light rods. The job of the rod is to dance the jig and hook the fish. From then on, it’s the reel’s job to land the fish. The role sharing is very clear.
Why don’t we pump?
Basic fact is, if you lower your rod tip straight down, you can hold what’s on the line with the most ease. It’s a simple physics. When you hold a weight with one hand, you don’t want to hold up your arm to the side because it would take more power to hold it.
The other problem with pumping is that it changes the tension to the line. It creates risk to lose the the fish. It also seems to let the fish fight back more. If you reel steadily and calmly, the fish lets itself follow. All the leading slow pitch jiggers say that this vertical fighting style finishes the fight a lot faster and with far less efforts.
I think pumping gives certain reasonings.
#1, spinning tackle needs pumping.
Because of the structure of spinning reel, it doesn’t have much initial torque at the beginning of the rotation. But the conventional reel has the axis perpendicular to the line and has less power loss.
#2, can use the rods flexibility to parry the sudden impacts from the fighting fish.
But you can let the drag do the same job. With the conventional reel, you can also fine adjustment of your drag with thumbing.
#3, can use your whole body weight shift.
But notice that you are working more than necessary by holding up your rod. You feel you are working hard but you don’t have to hold it up like the weight lifting in the first place.
Some people point out this vertical fighting style is not good for your back. But it’s really not that bad. If I keep bending over to hold a 5kg weight for a long time, it wouldn’t be good. But the sit-up action is not bad for the lower back and you can also keep your spine vertical if you want to.
Fight like Tai-Chi
So bring the tip down, hang the fish, keep reeling steadily without changing the tension. If you need to pump, pump like Captain Higashiyama.
Mr. Hirota of Seafloor Control is another leading slow pitch jigger. He sets his drag pretty tight, maybe a little over 5kg. When the fish runs out the drag, He follows it down and lets it run for a moment. Then he uses his thumb to stop the run and brings the head around. It’s like walking the fish in a circle. Not a tug of war in a straight line.
So it’s like Tai-Chi style in a flowing continuous round motions. Not Kayate style in powerful linear straight motions.
This is how you fight with a big fish.
This is a video of my friend catching a 48kg Dogtooth Tuna this year.
|Date||April 29, 2013|
|Field||230m deep, Okinawa|
|Fish||48.5kg Dogtooth Tuna|
|Fight Time||23 minutes|
|Rod||Evergreen Poseidon Slow Jerker 603-6|
|Reel||Shimano Torsa 16|
|Line||Shimano Ocea EX8 PE2.0
Seaguar FXR fluoro leader #12
|Jig||Seafloor Control Gawky 300g Pearl White Glow|
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