High Pitch Jerk


Video demonstration of high pitch jerk has been requested from some of our readers. So here it goes.

Basic Principal of High Pitch Jerk

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High pitch jerk is a part of slow pitch jigging. Sato Sensei emphasizes that High pitch jerk is at one end of the continuous range of slow pitch principal.
The application of slow pitch jigging is to give a moment in every pitch. A moment for the rod to spring back so that the jig lies or slides on its side, and the following moment for the jig to fall. Because these moments are when fish makes most bites.

High Pitch Jerk is on the same principal, but with more power. It utilizes;

  • Stronger rod that springs back the jig harder.
  • Reel with maximum speed, preferably more than 100cm per crank.
  • Long jig which has greater momentum to swim on its own.
  • Stronger pitch and longer moment to hold up the rod.

As the consequences, the characteristics of high pitch jerk in comparison with slow pitch jerk are;

  • The range of jig movements are horizontally wider.
  • Works better under the influence of currents and swells.
  • Requires your energy far more.

High pitch requires a little different setting from slow pitch.

  • Don’t put on the rear hooks as they get tangled up with leader.
  • May use a big single hook with a thicker assist hook line.
  • May use a thicker PE line and leader.

High Pitch Jerk Basic Application

  • Swing the rod with the full range from 0 degree down to 90 degrees up. It’s nice to push your rod and reel FORWARD, rather than UPWARD. Your rod will be more angled that way for more spring back to follow. If you try to bring it UPWARD, you’re like to use the muscle in your arms. You’d be totally wasted pretty soon this way. You would want to push FORWARD, using your big muscles in your back, keeping your chin down. You’d want to be as much energy efficient as possible.
  • Watch the line slack after pitch. This hang time attracts most bites. It’s nice to bring up the rod to follow the line without giving tension so that you have less line slack and you can sense the contact. And when you just feel the weight of the jig at the tip of your rod, bring it down for another pitch.
  • It doesn’t have to be a heavy weight jig. i.e. Slow Pitch Jerker 603-6 with a 100g jig can make high pitch. Just like slow pitch jigging, the highly-resilient rod with parabolic action is recommended.


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  1. Isaac



    With your explanation & detail, all my confusion and doubts are clear as a clear sky.

    I wonder what is the best jig weight range for PHPJ 501, 150gm -300gm? High Gear or Power Gear Reel?

    Thank You ありがとうございますた~!


    • Totos

      Hi Isaac. Thank you for your comment. I’m glad that this information was helpful to you. It really encourages me.

      For PHPJ 501, 250g to 350g is ideal, I think.
      There’s PHPJ 600. This one works really nice to high pitch lighter jig, 150g to 260g.

  2. Daz

    Cool video!!!!
    So you have your Go pro now?
    Looking forward to some slow jerk videos to soon huh?
    Great stuff.

    • Totos

      Thank you Daz.
      I am now working to edit video on slow pitch. It will come out soon!

  3. Chris Wong
    Chris Wong07-09-2014

    That is a great demo video. Can this method be used with the shorter, powerful 5′ jigging rods used in high pitch, short jerk jigging?

    • Chris Wong
      Chris Wong07-09-2014

      And forgot ask ask – I presume this technique is only for centre weighed jigs that slide?

      • Totos

        Hi Chris.
        I still think that High Pitch Jerker is the best for high pitch jigging. But in my opinion, the advantages are much more minor than the advantages that Slow Jerker has over other slow pitch rods. So, I’d say, just give it go and try with your rod. Everything is a variation. And yes, high pitch works well with a center-balanced long jig or semi-long jig which carries more momentum to move straight forward and falls in attractive ways.
        Good luck!

  4. JCTY

    Hi u mentioned that the PHPJ 600 works well for 150g to 260g jigs. At what depth?

    I’m fishing at over 100m deep up to 200m, 300gm up to 400gm jigs under rough sea condition, targeting amberjack, rubby snapper, groupers, etc. is the PHPJ600 still usable with this high pitch jerk technique ? If not which PHPJ model is more suited?

    Also, have u experienced this technique using the beat brunt? Somewhat similar to the PHPJ. Which model do u think best corresponds to the PHPJ600 or which is more suited to the above conditions?

    ■ bb508-3 [length: 5.8ft (1.73m), metal jig weight average: 100g]
    ■ bb508-4 [length: 5.8ft (1.73m), metal jig weight average: 130g]
    ■ bb508-5 [length: 5.8ft (1.73m), metal jig weight average: 180g]

    If i can’t get PHPJ, i’ll get the Brunt, BB508-4, keep my options open. thanks for your precious advise Totos.

    • Totos

      Hi JCTY.
      Did I say that? Maybe it’s for high pitch jigging, huh? Because 600 is great for slow pitch with heavy weight jigs like 400g.
      Sea-anchor in 200m… It’s hard for me to imagine it’s possible. It should be more like hi-speed jigging, I guess. If you give suspensions like slow pitch or high pitch, the jig will be moved away from you further and further.

      In our vertical situations on a spankered boat which a captain controls the drift, high pitch 410 with 450g long jig is supposed to be the best match in 150m to 200m of water. It can be too hard to do high pitch in deeper water, because the power and the motion range are just not enough to give impacts to the jig in such water resistance.

      Sorry, I may not be answering your question, but I recommend to explore more around 100m.

      • JCTY

        Ho Totos,

        Tq for the reply.
        I think i misunderstood Your reply above to Isaac on 05-14-2013 “There’s PHPJ 600. This one works really nice to high pitch lighter jig, 150g to 260g.”. thanks for the info.

        And your thoughts on the beat brunt? Have you experienced using them? Is the performance comparable to the PHPJ?

        • Totos

          Hi JCTY.
          No, I have not used Brunt in the field. I know no one who has used it in the field. Sorry I can’t help you there.

  5. Chiaro

    Hi Totos,

    I am about to start High Pitching and would like some advice on differences between slow and high pitch on terminal tackle. Can you comment on the average values below. I say average as they can differ alot.

    Slow High
    Hook 2/0 7/0
    Assist PE PE20 PE30
    Assist Len 4cm 6cm
    Split ring #4 #5
    Solid ring #4 #5
    Main PE 2.0 3.0
    Drag 4kg 6kg

    As mentioned, these are typical average values, but can differ alot on personal preference. But would like your thoughts on the high pitch values. Thanks.

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