Simplified comparison of all jigging styles
I am still quite confused about the different type of jigging, like what’s consider normal jigging, high speed jigging, slow pitch (more or less I understand from your website), long fall jigging, micro jigging, etc. Hope you can put up something simplified view on the different on these?
This is a challenging question for me.
Yes. Sure. I will try.
Hi-speed jigging is the conventional style. That was how everyone used to do jigging since before the invention of PE line. There are some variations, but it’s basically fast reeling, up-up-up actions with occasional pause.
Micro jigging was originally a mini casting game onshore. It uses tiny, a few centimeter long metal jig to catch small fish like horse mackerel and small rockfish. Then it’s found its way to offshore with a little bigger jig, but still low-profile, no bigger than 5cm (2 inch), made of tungsten and weights 40g or so. The action is not really categorized, but it’s basically close to hi-speed jigging with a lot of shakes.
Slow pitch, high pitch and longfall are all the variations of the same concept created by Sato Sensei. And this is what we talk about here on this site.
Let’s see if I can do this.
|Hi-speed||Micro Jig||High Pitch||Slow Pitch||Long Fall|
|Typical jig||long or semi-long, pointy head||micro jig||long or semi-long, non-symmetry||leafy, non-symmetry, center-balanced||leafy, non-symmetry, center-balanced|
|Main Actions||fast lifts
0° – 45°
0° – 180°
|Impact in actions||medium||medium||strong||soft||very soft|
|high||high||very low||low||very low|
not being vertical
Oh no… I think I’m just confusing people. The harder I try, the more difficult I make it, it seems like. Especially for the beginners. Now I’m sorry that I tried.
You know what?
It doesn’t matter, really.
The categorization doesn’t do any good in the field.
The important thing is that you feel the movement of the jig.
If you do, I have a good chance with any of these styles. And you will know how important it is to stay vertical.
If you don’t feel your jig, you are probably just hanging your jig in mid-water. You’ve lost your jig to the water. No way to catch fish with any style of jigging. You’d better change something, use lighter line and heavier jig, change jigging styles, or change your boat operation or location. Or forget jigging and grab bait!
Slow pitch teaches you so much about the vertical game in which the water influence is substantial. It’s the biology and the physics, in such details and extremes. If you are just looking quickly for “the best jig” that brings you a lot of fish, it’s a boring class, I’m sure. You really should drop it. I really hate to explain it when people send me an inquiry to ask “Hey, what is your best jig?”
But if you study patiently and keep going back and forth between the field and this website, you will understand that the basic principles are pretty simple. And you can apply your knowledge to a lot of different styles of fishing.
For those whom the visuals help,
Slow Pitch Video Gallery →