March 8, 2016
Slow Jigging has always been an offshore type of fishing. But today I am here to talk about Shore Slow jigging. Shore Slow will allow you to target Pelagic, Flat fish, Rock fish and Snapper. In this blog I will break down Shore Slow into a section to explain the basic techniques and essential knowledge you need to have.So what is Shore Slow? What’s the difference between Shore Jigging and Shore Slow?
A large numbers of anglers have asked me this question. The best answer would be Standard Shore Jigging is more for a highly active fish that loves to chase the jig. When is come to Shore Slow, its more for a fish that isn’t so active and also don’t have enough speed to chase the jig.
Lets take a look at the way the jig works in Shore Slow. The distance the jig moves is very well controlled and within the certain range/zone, you will work the jig and make it look very appealing to the fish and then hook up. This means the target fish that couldn’t chase the jig fast enough or the fish didn’t like the fast moving jigs has a chance to bite and give you an opportunity to target a fish that you could catch with Shore Jigging.
Where did I come up with an idea of Shore Slow? Well the starting point was the Off Shore Slow Jigging. This fishing style gives you a chance to target any fish with in the any depth of the water, as you may already know and some of you may have had an encounter with a fish you never thought you will catch on a jig.
Compared to the vertical style of jigging, Shore Slow has it down side. Good example would be the amount of field you can cover and you will also have to require a special technique to lift and fall the jig. As you read through this blog you will find more and more about this new style jigging!
Main technique used in this fishing is your reeling and rod tip movement. As majority of you guys know, when you wind your reel your rod tip bounces. That’s the key to the success. The rod tip bounce means the jig in the water is moving. Let’s say basic timing would be one pitch/ one crank per second. If the fish is active you can wind faster and make you jig move more, but if the fish doesn’t want to play then slow it right down. Less wind means less distance for the jig to move. 1crank,1/2 crank.1/4 crank 1/6 crank slower and slower… let the fish see the jig and let them come closer.
The more you show the jig to the target higher your hooking rate is going to be.
I discovered that fall movement jig has a higher chance of a hit from the fish. It is important for the fish to get close and look at the jig and for you to action the jig right way but also an essential for you to know when to mix the fall movement to the jig. The way fish shows their interest also can be different when you mix Tension Fall or Free Fall. You as an angler must play by the ear and test every skill you have to find the right combination.
Shore Slow can let you target a lot of species however it is important for you to have proper strategy and right mixture of jig movement as I mentioned above.
It is important to gain every bit of information from the water and the bottom. Know your ground, know the depth of bait fish and of course what depth the fish showed some interest to your jig. You will be amazed to see how many different species will show a interest to your jig.
Whether the fish you catch is not the fish you are looking for, they are the key to your success and they are the ones to tell you what sort of water you are fishing in. Each species have their own water depth and their own bottom they like to live in.
Make sure to find the right water depth and work the jig accordingly.
It is up to you to work out what zone and range of water you attack and have great tactics to for you to adapt to any situation.
With the next Issue I will introduce you guys to the tackle and how to choose the right tackle also when to rotate the jigs and of course more detailed techniques!