Never give up


We got a great story to close the year from Samuel in Israel.
There is nothing like a big catch after all your empty efforts all day.
Great spirit Samuel!

Samuel’s tackle 1
Rod Evergreen Poseidon Slow Jerker 603-3
Reel Shimano Ocea Jigger 1500HG
Line Shimano Ocea EX8 PE1.5
Leader Seaguar FXR fluoro #8
Jigs Seafloor Control Rector 240g, Spunky 150g
Hi Totos,
Here is my report from yesterday.

There are some good fishing day’s, sometime miraculous and sometime less good, and others where nothing goes well, but the desire not to come home with your hands in your pockets, gives you the strength to continue.

Today was such a day. 8 hours of jigging … I tried everything, I went everywhere, the fish did not hear me, but I saw him in the fishfinder!

I decided to make one last drift on the reef 40 m, I put a 240g rector on my 603-3 (a little heavy but I had to try something different) and I played softly, sometimes with extra force.

My partner made a grouper, and at the same time I caught these 2 groupers. The tension was high on the boat. We came back on the same point and I caught this beautiful meagre (regius Argyrosomus).

What a surprise! I’ve never caught this fish by jigging. With live bait or shad, yes, but not jigging. This is not a great fighter, but quite untrusting fish, the type of fish that brings you a smile all week…


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603-3 with a 240g Rector!
That is the slowest setting you can get!

I don’t think I’ve ever talked about it, but it is actually a great tactic for a big one. It makes perfect sense. Small ones like to chase quick, lively movements as they are curious and energetic. Big ones are wise and cautious. They always come later than the small ones and look for the easiest targets.
The very slow setting, lighter rod with heavier jig, and soft application emphasizing on falling is right on the money.

I don’t know if you meant it like this, but you stayed focused, kept looking for a successful pattern, chose this extreme setting, and hit the bull’s eye. This is the spirit of slow pitch jigging! Your creativity truly deserves the highest of praise. Way to go Samuel!


  1. Mark

    Hi Samuel
    Wow massive fish congratulations. It’s amazing what can work with slow pitch jigging. I have only ever used 120 gram jigs before but now I find myself using heavier jigs than ever in the same depth of water as I’ve always fished. It’s a great feeling when all your research and skills come together and produce amazing fish and good memories.


  2. Itsik Bar Siman Tov
    Itsik Bar Siman Tov12-30-2013

    Samuel my friend,

    Im so Excited for you. I saw the fish on Live and it was very Big!!!
    In Israel , it is very hard to find it and with the Slow pitch you didi it.
    Cool for you, i think you Deserve it.


  3. Ben

    Nice one Samuel,

    That is also a prize fish here on the east coast of Australia. Slowly slowly when fishing a lure for them from shore or boat, so as Totos says, it makes sense. Great bit of insight here. I’ll keep that tip locked away for use at the right time. Persistence pays off once again! All the best for the new year.

  4. Samuel

    Thank you my dear friends,
    We close 2013 very excited, as we now know what slow pitch can bring us:
    – unlimited choice of tactics
    – possibility to adapt your tactic depending on the fish you are targeting
    – lots of emotion during the fight
    – more bites but also more unhooks…(breathe, there is always an other one!)
    – and above all, you can now go fishing for 10 hours without stopping, without feeling your arm or shoulder throbbing in pain!!!

    Happy new year and lot of fish for everyone in 2014!

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