5 Important Tips for Slow Jigging

Tip 1: The jig presentation


The ideal way to prepare your jig is to make sure you have as little add-ons as possible. Usually it’s best to have four hooks – two on each end of the jig for jigs that are 80g and above, while having only two hooks on the top end of the jig that weights 70g and below. Importantly, make sure that your hooks on both ends has a safety distance so that they would not get tangled. Ensure that the solid rings of the assist hooks are attached directly to the split rings and tie your leader to the solid ring at the top of the jig. Try to avoid using snap swivels as it may cause the hooks to get stuck and this will negatively affect the action of the jig. You may choose to have UV strips tied to your hooks, but it may be unnecessary because the action of the jig alone can do all the work.


Tip 2: The choice of your reel and leader line

 For Slow Jigging, an overhead reel works better for several reasons. The default design of overheads allows anglers to be more connected with the line. And based on this closer connectivity, you will know exactly when the jig hits the bottom to start cranking the handle before getting snagged. Lastly, overhead reels allow you to control the jig while it drops. Since fish bite on the drop very often, by being able to thumb the spool, you will have a higher hit rate as opposed to spinning models.

As for the leader, always go for the strongest and/or thinnest PE main line and fluorocarbon leader ranging from 15-50lbs – depending on species you’re targeting and terrain of the fishing ground. It can be useful to use a metred multi-coloured main line for your reel, so you will be able to gauge how far your catch is and fight the fish accordingly.


Tip 3: Rod and reel pairing

There are so many Slow Jigging rods in the market and when doing that particular type of fishing, it would be very useful to have one (or two) on hand. A rod designed for Slow Jigging has an action that is more parabolic, and as such, you are able to control the jig better while keeping its designed movements in the water column to entice hungry fish. Always choose a reel that has a deeper spool allowing you to carry a lot of line. Depending on the depths you will be fishing, you may only need 100 metres for the shallows, while 300 metres may just be enough for deeper waters. A reel with smooth drag even at high setting and high cranking power is always an advantage when targeting species that can be really big.


Tip 4: The reel drag

Depending on species, it’s best to set the drag at 80-90 percent of its maximum capability. Do not leave your reel drag too loose, as this would cost the fish to immediately fight its way towards the corals or any obstacle that will lead you to snap your line. When the fight with your catch goes on, you may want to loosen your drag as you may not want to rip off the fish’s fragile mouth – this is where understanding your target fish comes in. Once you realise that the fish has given up the fight, you may then want to tighten your drag again and reel in the catch.


Tip 5: The jigging technique

Every jig has a different drifting style and while it’s important to understand your jig, it’s also vital to understand the waters you’re fishing as well as the target species. For instance, when fishing for diamond trevally in Miri, fast and aggressive strokes of a jig is required. Hence, you can replace your slowfall jig for something else that can enable you to execute a fast jigging movement. If you are slow jigging for bottom fishes like groupers, use a fatter jig that has a bigger surface, which allows the jig to drift down slowly. Be open to try different strokes – aggressive or subtle – moving the jig higher or just off the bottom. The key to a successful trip lies in finding out the stroke that works best for a particular.

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TFM Writer: Sadat Osman l Content Contributed by: Fred Goh - Rapala Southeasts Asia VMC / Photo credits: Rapala Southeast Asia VMC