April 21, 2017
We want to talk in more detail about the specific jig design for Shore slow, the “Slow Blatt Cast”.
The Slow blatt cast is available in 3 different types/profiles as shown in the picture above.
In order of fastest to slowest sink rate: Wide, Slim and Oval, which was introduced in the Shore slow blog vol.3.
I usually choose the Slim type when I fish in a new place. This is the middle sink rate in the series, it keeps a horizontal posture on the drop which is a very basic movement for Shore slow.
The average sink rate of the Slim is 80cm/sec. I always keep in mind the sink rate to find the ‘features’ of the spot I’m fishing, like the depth, bottom structure and so on.
・ Count down after the full cast.
・ Find where the structure is.
・ Imagine what the type of bottom is, such as a rock or sand.
・ Check the changes of the bottom to the right and left.
This way I always find the features of the spot before I start fishing.
I can also find the current changes with this process.
If I feel a fish bite during this checking, I will focus my action at the spot where I had the bite.
But as you know fishing is not so easy… so I change the power of the rod and also change the action I impart into the jig to help get a bite.
If I am still not able to get a bite I will change the type of the jig.
I have two options, the Wide or the Oval and I often choose the Wide type after using the Slim.
This is because I want to find the spot where the fish are first and the Wide which has the fastest sink rate helps me cover more water and find the fish from a wider area.
After that, I try to find the fish by moving the jig in different ranges or levels of the water. Even if I don’t catch a fish, I am able to get a lot of information through all the different processes. Such as the existence of the bait fish and other species.
Then, I will imagine the target fish of the day and focus on the range where they are and find the suitable colour and type that they were interested in.
By the way, you can Shore slow in very shallow water, like 2-3 meters deep.
It is suitable to use the Oval type in this situation as it has the slowest sink rate.
The rear hook can easily tangle with the leader line in shallow water, so you need to pay attention to that.
The Wide type has less chance to do it thanks to the rear weight balance of the jig.
About the colour, if I can see bait fish or birds that are looking for bait fish, I choose a natural colour.
In particular, a whole silver (MG-529) or a silver with glow lines (MG-530).
I think that the MG-530 is an all-purpose colour, so I often use it when I start fishing.
I basically change the colour if I don’t catch or get a bite with the colour that I’m using, from a Silver to a Gold then a Red, like this.
After I find a colour, I will choose whether a Glow line is necessary or not, then fix the back colour in the end.
I believe that this order is an effective way to find the correct colour of the day or the moment.
By the way, I often use gold colours if I cannot find any bait fish.
It is suitable when fish prefer crabs or prawns, especially good for snapper, rockfish and flatfish.
A red colour is very visible, it has a strong silhouette in deep water.
It sometimes works really well for rockfish, hairtail and kingfish so I always put some in my tacklebox.
April 12, 2017
Slow blatt cast is specifically designed for the Shore Slow technique. There are 3 different jig types Wide, Slim and Oval.
The wide type looks like it would have slow sink rate because of its wide body shape, but actually this type is the fastest sink rate model in the series. The weight balance is set a bit towards the rear of the body, so it sinks from the rear, inclining downwards.
This is an average sink rate for each type. The Wide sinks 90cm per second, the Slim 80cm/sec and the Oval 60cm/sec.
It’s very helpful to know how to move your jig under the water when you understand the sink rate of your jig. You can find the depth of the spot your fishing and work out how high your jig jumped from your action by counting the fall length after the action.
You can find the changes in the bottom as well if the time the jig takes to reach the bottom changes even though you have kept the same action.
Finding the fish range is very important for Shore Slow, so it is highly recommended that you have a clear image of the water depth and the location of your jig in the water.
The Wide jig has a different sinking posture compared to the Slim and Oval. The Wide sinks tail first but the Slim and the Oval sink horizontally. You can use this difference to your advantage depending on the situation.
The Wide needs a bit more power when hopped to turn horizontal from its tail down posture compared to the Slim and the Oval. If you fish in very shallow water using the Slim and the Oval the rear hook tends to tangle with the leader line. This is because they are center balanced jigs and easily turn horizontal with a small amount of power. They will often turn over if you use too much power. But you can avoid getting tangles if you choose the Wide version as it doesn’t easily turn over. The rear balanced jig tends to sink forward on the fall, so you can keep it at a fixed spot with a tension fall. (holding the line tight while falling reduces the sink rate)
Let’s watch the videos from now on, they show you the different characteristics of each type.
First, the Wide type. You can see the movement of the Wide with its tail first sinking posture. I have experienced conditions where this tail first posture is more effective than the horizontal fall posture. Lift it up slowly and drop it quickly, this is a one image I use when fishing the Wide type.
Next, the Slim type.
You can see the Slim sinks on the level. This is the middle sink rate type in the series and I always use this first when I fish at a new location.
Lastly, the Oval type.
It sinks slower compared to the other types. This is because it uses a low density alloy, not lead. It is designed to receive water over the whole body when sinking which helps slow the sink rate.