Slow Pitch Jigs



Deepliner is a pioneering slow-pitch jig makers, led by Captain Higashimura, a leading angler in Japan. The jigs they make has set the standards for slow pitch jigs and they are still the mainstay for most slow-pitch anglers.

Deepliner SPY

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Spy is the first jig that Deepliner made and still is the unbeaten top of the line. It can be used in high-pitch and in slow-pitch. It’s slow in falling. It slides to the side for so long. You give it a pitch and you have to wait for a whole second, maybe 2 or 3, before you give another. It flies that long.
The main use of this jig is to hang around in the same depth with the horizontal movements.

Deepliner Slow Skip FB

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FB is a very quick, highly responsive jig. It moves light, and easily flies horizontally. It can be used in high-pitch and in slow-pitch. The main use of this jig is light happy movements, horizontal and upwards. For 4oz Slow Jerker, 130g to 180g is recommended.

Deepliner Slow Skip CX

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CX is my favorite of all Deepliner jigs. It’s highly responsive. It reacts to even small inputs and flies on the side. It also performs nice irregular actions as well. The main use of this jig can be light flying motions and it can be soft small motions with occasional short falls and long falls. For 4oz Slow Jerker, 130g to 150g for light actions, 180g to 250g for soft actions.

Deepliner Slow Skip Vib

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Vib is the latest hybrid jig for slow-pitch and long-fall. It has a small profile for the weight. It’s probably the most popular deepliner jig all over the country. It’s so effective for the bottom fish. I use it often when anything else has been worked out and the fish is not biting. The main use of this jig is soft small upward motions with short falls and long falls. For 4oz Slow Jerker, 180g to 250g is recommended.

Seafloor Control

With the devastating debut of the long-fall Gawky, Seafloor Control came spetacularly on the jigging scene in 2012. It’s led by a young leading jigger, Kazuhiro Hirota, who spent years under apprenticeship to Sato Sensei. They are the hottest jig maker that all the Japanese anglers are eyeing to.

Seafloor Control Gawky

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Without a question, it’s the best long-fall jig on the market. The fall action is slow, rocking, flashing, and waving. It does respond to small inputs but it doesn’t fly on the side. It kind of lies on the side as the rod springs back. It’s important to have it lie on the side before drop so that it starts falling with all kinds of performances. On uplift, make nice soft jerks with a lighter rod. Strong uplift would drive it too wild, unnatural. It doesn’t matter if it’s shallow or deep, in a weak current or strong. It works. For 4oz Slow Jerker, 180g to 260g is recommended.

Seafloor Control Rector

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The hybrid all-rounder from high-pitch, slow-pitch, and long-fall. It works in any style really. The pointy head promises high responses. And the spoon edged tail creates all kinds of falling actions. This jig really inspires the anglers creativity. With all the change of pace and fallings, you can intentionally target big ones. The successful pattern we find around here in Okinawa waters is slow combination jerks with small uplifts with small and long falls. For 4oz Slow Jerker, 180g to 270g is recommended.

More jig introduction will come up soon!!!

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  1. Daniel

    awesome write up! feel like getting smaller jigs Totos!!

    • Totos

      Thank you Daniel!
      Smaller jigs? I thought you were using small jigs around 100g.
      Here we often use over 200g jigs in shallow water too. It’s effective to make actions slower and smaller when the fish is not active. But we don’t think it’s necessary to change to smaller jigs.
      It used to be said that you should change sizes according to the depth, like 50g for 50m of water and 100g for 100m. But we don’t follow the rules anymore. In slow-pitch jigging, having more control of the jig movements by the heavy jig is more important for the bites.
      Go heavy mate!!!

  2. Daniel

    Hey Totos!
    hahah yup im using jigs around 100g! thats correct. for fish like GT and the groupers its no problem.
    But some big fish are delicate feeders like the diamond trevally! this fish only hits very small jigs!
    looks like I have to get maybe some 60g or 70g jigs eh!

    • Totos

      Hi Daniel.
      I see what you are targeting It makes sense. What they feed on determines the jig and the movements.
      You are getting #6. You can do high-pitch jigging when you have small jigs like that on #6.
      As long as you are in contact with the jig, the fishing can work.
      For slow-pitch jigging, you need 180g and over for #6 rod. And it would work for you when you are not getting fish in a way you usually do.
      Good luck!

  3. Ed Cheong
    Ed Cheong03-11-2013

    Fantastic writeup again, Totos.. Keep it coming 🙂

    • Totos

      Thanks Ed! Stay with us. Let us know if you need particular information!

  4. Daz

    Hi Totos
    success with the Deepliner FB yesterday. Started with another monster bite which stole another jig
    and then a procession of pearl perch, maori cod,pig fish and small kingfish around 7 kg.
    I’ll be in touch soon.

    • Totos

      Hi Daz.
      Congratulations on your slow pitch jigging catches!! All right! Varieties of fish and a monster bite!!!
      Sounds like a lot of fun. Catching varieties of fish is another fun part of this game. You are really getting this game going in Australia Daz! I’m so excited!
      It looks like you are getting in tune with Deepliner CX and FB. Let us know how you go with SPY and Vib.

  5. Daz

    Hi Totos
    I’ve emailed a pic of a SFC jig.
    Can you tell us about it’s action etc please.

    • Totos

      Hi Daz.
      Yes, you sent me the photo of a jig called Scout.

      Scout is certainly one of a kind. It’s a specialized jig for bottom approach. Scout follows well to small uplifts like 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and very slow fall actions like a falling leaf. It’s designed to take advantage of the tendency of some groupers which does territorial attacks.
      Your message sounded like you want to use it in the deep, but actually it may not be inappropriate because it falls too slow.

  6. Daz

    Hi Totos
    Thanks for the info, I was curious but not in mind for the deep drop.

  7. Sacen

    Hey Toto

    Sent you an order last month haven’t heard back from you.

    Did you receive the order?


    • Totos

      Sorry Sac.
      Are you the one from Croatia? It seems like there’s a problem and your order didn’t reach me. Check out the email I sent you today.

  8. Sacen

    Hi Toto

    No, I’m from New Zealand. Didn’t receive any email from you also checked junk mail nothing either.


    • Totos

      Hi Sac.
      I’m sorry. I didn’t receive your order. When you complete your order, the system sends you an email with the list of your order. Did you receive it? If you didn’t receive, it’s very possible that you did not complete your order. Please complete it again or just send me an email with your order.
      Thank you very much.

  9. Gof777


    What kind of the jiggs and rods you will recomend us for Adriatic see.
    Our usual fishing deep range is between 30 – 80 meters. Somethimes up to 150m.

    I was on the presentation of the Palms products.
    They are ok, but like you wrote C products.
    They try them at Adriatic see (Croatian part) but with low succes.
    I think that their reels and brided lines where very ok but my friends and me we are thinking that main work have to be done by the rod and the jigg. Thank you for your answer in advance.

    Thank you and all the best for the hollydays and happy new year.


    • Totos

      Hi Gof777.
      Thank you very much for your enthusiasm for slow pitch jigging.
      You are right about “the main part of this game is done by the rod and the jig.”

      30m to 150m is too wide the depth range to cover with one tackle. If you are free-drifting, I strongly recommend to put on a sea-anchor. And if you are drifting with sea-anchor, you can mostly stay vertical at 80m or shallower. It depends on the currents and the wind, of course. Staying vertical is an essential element for slow pitch.

      With that assumption, if I may refer to Slow Jerker, 603-3 or 603-4 would be recommended.

      There are jigs which are meant to be used in a soft action tone. It means that the jig weight is supposed to be heavier than the standard jig weight of the rod.
      There are jigs which are meant to be used in a strong action tone. It means that the jig weight is supposed to be lighter than the standard jig weight of the rod.

      Please see the following page for Seafloor Control jig and Slow Jerker references.
      If you understand what I’m saying here, you can think of different combinations for different action tones. And that is the range of your tactics.

  10. Shushi

    Hi Toto’s

    It is okey to use floro cored line assist hook at the tail of the jig ?

    • Totos

      Hi Shushi
      Yes, very much so.
      Before, it’s said to be better to have non-cored PE assist on the tail. But now a lot of anglers use fluoro cored assist both on the head and on the tail. I do too. We have learned that there’s less trouble and less tangling this way, without dropping the hooking rate.

  11. John

    Hi Totos! It would be most kind of you, if you could explain in few words the main characteristics and differences between Beat jigs,such as Jigray, Greatray,Beeline etc….Thank you very much in advance for your help!

    • Totos

      Hi John.
      I haven’t really used these jigs in different conditions any with different settings. So I’m not comfortable to tell you what characters these jigs have. Just a few information by my limited experience and Beat website.

      Zigray is basically a fall jig, but pretty versatile too. Slow and small actions upward, and free fall for sliding actions downward.

      Greatray is very similar to Zigray. With the fatter body, a little different behavior for upward and downward. Works well in the deep.

      Beeline has a unique shape body. The intension is to have the hangtime and attractive falling actions. It’s probably hard to use this jig if you are not vertical because it falls slow.

  12. Ahmed Adel
    Ahmed Adel11-08-2016

    can I use Shimano butter fly flat-fail jigs on slow pitch ?

    • Totos

      Sure you can.
      Any center-balance, non-symmetric jig will do.

  13. Arfin DJ
    Arfin DJ07-11-2017

    Can i use slowpitch at night?
    I can use GID (Glow) Metal jigs, but is that effective?

    • Totos

      Hi Arfin.
      Yes, it works at night.
      Experience shows that it doesn’t really have to be glow, but glow does work too.
      Every night, all the deepsea creatures pop up to surface to feed. And many of them are bioluminescent. The nocturnal predator should be very much familiar with glow and probably many feed on them.

  14. Danny

    how to you rate the deepliner range of rods??

    • Totos

      Hi Danny.
      Definitely Class A rod. Top-notch.

  15. Levin

    Hi toto,

    how abt the takamitechnos rod? Class ?

  16. Aaron

    Hi Totos,

    Recently got a Deepliner Mania Fellows 55 for a trip.

    Just wondering if I could do both high pitch & slow pitch with that rod.

    What are the jigs weight & models recommended to go with it given that it is a much stiffer rod.

    Will be on a free drift boat with terrain being about 200-300m depth average.

    • SPJ

      Hi Aaron,

      Can you also share what reel are you pairing with the Deepliner Mania Fellows ? And what is your line PE#?

      I am looking at this rod too and wonder how does it perform with 600-700 grams jigs ? Will it behave like a slow pitch rod ? I see the max jig weight is rather low, so these are the unknown factors for me too.

      • Aaron

        Hi SPJ,

        I am currently pairing it with a Studio Ocean Mark L50 S2T.

        I am using PE2 Line.

        From what I heard from my local shop, he did mention that the weight range stated applied only to High Pitch Jigs.

        For slow pitch he said 500g to 600g (up to 700g) would not be a problem,

        • Totos

          Hi Aaron.
          Yes. That can be an idea. When we jig in 200m+, we often use high pitch rods, as well as slow pitch rods, to play 300g to 500g jigs. This is based on spankered boat to keep you vertical. If you are free-drifting at this depth, it’s totally up to the ocean conditions whether or not jigging is possible. The high pitch rod with 500g to 700g jig weight sounds like the best you can prepare, but it’s up to the condition if it works.

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