How to rig for slow pitch jigging
What knot should we use?
What size terminal tackle?
Can we use a swivel?
What hooks to use?
Front or rear?
How do we avoid assist hooks tangling?
These are common questions we often encounter in slow pitch jigging especially when we are just starting out in the game. Based on real world experience we will try to narrow down your choices and share with you what has worked for us through the years.
So many times I have seen a friend lost a decent size fish due to a slipped knot. RCW highly recommend the PR or the FG knot for your main line to leader connection. The PR knot has a knot strength of 100% or close to it, while the FG’s knot strength is 80-85%. FG and PR doesnt really have a “knot”, this makes the connection easier to pass thru the guides especially since SPJ rods have micro guides. Our go to knot from leader to swivel/solid ring is the TN knot or the AG chain knot. We have been using these knots for a few years now and its knot strength is superb if tied right.
20# yozuri braid to 40# yozuri topknot leader
40# yozuri topknot leader to decoy GP ring
There’s been alot of good arguments between using a solid ring versus using a swivel. We believe that the swivel enables the jig to move freely and prevents twisting of the main line when reeling in a fish as the twisting of the line diminishes its breaking strength.
When picking a solid ring or a swivel make sure that the diameter of the ring is at least half the diameter of your leader – this prevents the metal ring from digging into the leader and cutting through it.
Nose Hook Assembly:
Leader to swivel, swivel to split ring, assist hook and jig to split ring.
Tail Hook Assembly:
Jig to split ring, split ring to assist hook.
How it looks like:
The most important part in hook assembly is to make sure the hooks don’t overlap. If they overlap, then the hooks will tangle each other.
Always use assist cord with flouro for the nose hooks. The flouro gives the assist cord a little stiffness, this prevents the assist cord from wrapping around the leader. As a rule of thumb use shorter assist cords for the nose and longer assist cords for the tail. The shorter assist cord on the nose helps to prevent the cord from wrapping around the leader.
Why do we use 4 hooks?
There are some varying opinions on why they use 4 hooks in SPJ. We personally use 4 hooks because the hooks we use in slow pitch are way thinner than the hooks used in speed jigging and this is to distribute the load between 4 points.
Hook Assembly with ZOC assist hook and Sea Falcon jigs:
We used to tie our own slow pitch assist hooks until last year. We used Decoy Pike hooks and A.S.S. PE braid with flouro and without flouro for assist cords. Due to some surprise last minute trips when we don’t have the time to tie, we decided to use pre-tied ones. We stated using the MajorCraft ZOC assist hooks on July 2017.
MajorCraft Zoc Assist Hooks
Suggested hook configuration
( Sea Falcon and MajorCraft Zoc Assist Hooks combination )
S Impact 160g
20mm & 20mm
S Impact 200g
20mm, 30mm, 40mm
20mm & 20mm, 20mm & 30mm
Z Slow 150g
No double hook configuration since the jig is too short.
Z Slow 220g and 280g
20mm & 30mm, 20mm & 40mm, 30mm & 30mm
Z Slow 350g
20mm & 30mm, 20mm & 40mm, 20mm& 50mm, 30mm & 40mm, 30mm & 50mm
Deep Neo 250g-400g and Z Slide 180g will work with any hook configuration because they are long jigs.
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