Slow Pitch launched in Perth, Australia


We have another skilled angler launching slow pitch jigging in Perth, Australia.
Thank you very much Mark for your report!!!

Keep exploring and let us know when you catch those WA Dhufish!

Mark’s tackle
Rod Yamaga Galahad 63/3 slow pe 2
Reel Ducro 10 inchiku
Line Saltiga Hyper pe8 @ pe2
Leader Seaguar Premier fluro 40 lb
Jigs Hots Conker 150 gr and Damiki Backdrop 130

Hi Totos

I had my first trip out with my Yamaga slow rod and had a brilliant day. I was fishing in 50 meters of water. Had a fish on the first drop and later in the day a 4kg snapper.

The fish aren’t that big but it was a really hard days fishing with weather and tide against me. It was a real surprise to feel the finesse that can be achieved when using light gear. Such brilliant fun, it’s like I have never fished a jig before you can feel everything and make the lure move with such finesse.

This style of fishing is most definitely the most enjoyable and rewarding. It has opened a whole new world of fishing for me and like you say it’s state of the art.

Thanks Totos for your help and for your fantastic web site.

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  1. Daz

    Hi Mark,
    well done the the slow pitch captures.
    The WA Dhu look like they’d be from the same family as our pearl perch.

  2. Mark crewe
    Mark crewe10-20-2013

    G’day Daz
    I think I left a message on yr YouTube video ?. The dhufish Is the same I think but yrs don’t have the strip across there head and the dhufish grow to over 20kg.
    Didn’t catch many fish but it was great fun putting theory into practice and learning how the rods work.


  3. Ben

    G’day Mark, Your right, Dhuies and pearlies are same family. Don’t tell Daz too much… he’s a pearl machine! The dhuies wont stand a chance. Have either of you tried frying up the swim bladder on the Dhuies, or even a big pearly? Cleaned, trimmed, sliced, slow shallow fry, salt, washed down with a beer – bewdiful. And looking forward to hearing about your next encounters Mark… probably with XOS sambo’s! Also, not sure how your technique is, but I’m finding the gentle approach best. I tend to get too excited, put too much action on and then the hook up rate seems to back off. Learning every time.

  4. Mark crewe
    Mark crewe10-28-2013

    G’day Ben
    Trying not to get much contact from these sambo bruisers as jigs cost so bloody much. I haven’t eaten the swim bladder will look into that one. At the moment my technique is long slow pitch with a really slow long fall. My thinking behind this is that I want the jig close to the bottom with as much flutter as possible. I don’t know if this is correct but I thought it was a good starting point hopefully Totos can give some advice. It’s all new to me as well so like you say learning all the time but I love the feedback you get with light gear.

    • Totos

      Hi Ben.
      I understand your idea of staying at the bottom. There’s no right or wrong. If you get a fish by doing what you do, that is one of your successful tactics.
      The thing is the fish wouldn’t bite on the hanging jig. If there’s too much tension on the line when falling, the jig is hanging straight down. The idea of slow pitch jigging is to get the center-balanced jig on its side.

      You can do long free fall with stops. When you hold the rod for a moment half way in the long fall, the rod bends and flicks the jig, and then you can continue free falling. You can do these stops several times in one long fall without interfering the flow.

      When I do long fall, I also try to give just a little tension on the line. If the fall is too slow, the line tension hangs the jig or interferes its falling actions. If I completely free fall, the line slack would interfere me to notice all the contacts the jig might be getting during the fall. So I lower the rod just slow enough to have the line straight, without the line slack or tension.

      Sometimes during your bottom knocking tactic, it’s also nice to reel up fast about 10m – 20m and drop again. The point is to let the jig fall to a different spot. To take out the line slack in the water you might be getting with all the bottom knocking. And also to show the jig to the fish around that area. They might be looking up for baits, not noticing the dancing jig on the other side of the rock.

  5. Mark crewe
    Mark crewe10-29-2013

    Hi Totos
    I get what you mean about letting the jig fall with just enough tension. I have been doing slow pitch about 4 or 5 times then follow with slow long fall with just a few small jerks on the upward long fall stroke. What I didn’t want to do was make it to confusing so i tried slowing things down as not to scare the fish. Also trying to keep it in the strike zone for our demersal fish. What techniques do you think would be a good starting point for snapper ?.

    Regards Mark

    • Totos

      Hi Mark.
      I see your point in not wanting to scare the fish. Even we humans try to avoid anything that’s coming toward us, even if it’s a tiny fly. That’s what Deepliner and Seafloor Control learnt from Sato Sensei. They produce jigs that don’t slide too much. Jigs like Blue Blue Sea Ride show great flamboyant sliding actions, but that is exactly what Sato Sensei doesn’t like. Jigs can scare away fish when they come toward, except when falling.
      One more exception is groupers and cods. They are somewhat territorial. Or you can say they are ambushers. They do attack on upcoming objects.

      Unfortunately we don’t have snappers here in this tropical water. So I don’t have an experience with them myself. But what they say is; Snappers are omnivorous feeders. And they are really not good hunters. They can’t suck in the baits or make clean swift hits. So apply a lot of small soft hesitating movements. And when you get contacts, be patient. They always give small short contacts first. We call it “foreplay”. No surprising swing of your rod at foreplay. Keep dancing just like nothing has happened and give them time to really hang on the jig.
      That’s what I hear. Hope it helps.

  6. Mark crewe
    Mark crewe11-01-2013

    Hi Totos
    Thanks for yr advice it’s a shame you don’t get snapper over there. Received my Gawky jigs and the shimano braid. The braid is beautiful and soft with a really tight weave. I managed to get around 500 meters on my reel which is amazing. Can’t wait to get amongst some fish and try it out.

    Thanks agin Mark

  7. Mark crewe
    Mark crewe11-09-2013

    Just had my seven yr old daughter try and brake my new shimano ex8 pe2 braid. She managed it but only by sitting on the floor and putting her feet against the bed. Wow this stuff is amazingly strong for its pe size. It’s got to be the strongest I have ever had thanks again Totos

    • Totos

      What an interesting way to test your line! hahaha.
      Recently I’m really concerned about Berkley Fireline for its strength. Seems that US testing and Japanese testing are different. If you ever have a chance, could you run the 7-year-old test on Fireline as well please?

  8. Mark crewe
    Mark crewe11-11-2013

    Can’t be happier with the shimano braid it’s amazing stuff. Fire line over here is thought of as old school technology and I have never liked it. Although in saying that it has always had a high breaking strain ratio. I know have a very happy daughter after managing to snap the shimano braid as she won the $50 bet.

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