Slow Pitch Jigging is very new to Australian anglers and was originally developed in Japan by jigging specialist Norihiro Sato for several reasons. Firstly traditional long drop jigging in Japan had started to produce fewer results in recent years and so a new jigging method was developed to counteract this situation, secondly the old traditional method of jigging is seen to be very labour intensive and a physical challenge to many anglers where as the slow pitch jigging technique can be achieved in a relatively relaxed state.
This technique has been slowly introduced to many of our local species with some quite amazing results. If the technique is correctly applied with the right specialist equipment (rod, reel, line, leader and jig) then the jig can be presented in a manor that will maintain its presence in the ‘strike zone’ longer than any other jig ever could be. Some even say a some slow pitch jigs can fall/flutter slower than the ever popular soft plastic lure. In Japan this amazing jigging method is known my many as the closest form of fishing to ‘live baiting’ but with a artificial lure, I can see why.
Slow Pitch Jigs are specifically designed and manufactured with the weight centred perfectly in the middle of the jig to allow it to fall and flutter in a even zigzagging horizontal state. They are usually rigged with twin assist at either end to maintain their balance but this may vary depending on the situation.