At the moment the speed jigging wave is slowly spilling over to us in Germany and the fishing technique is becoming more and more popular. At first it seems very strange to every confirmed freshwater angler that you still catch fish with the wild cranking and fast rod jerks. But no matter how fast you crank, the sea robbers are simply even faster. With this technique, just like with other spinning techniques, a fast fleeing prey fish is copied. Especially the predators in warmer regions know and like fast fleeing prey fish, which is why the technique is especially successful there.
A successful technique
Originally the technique was used by Japanese professional fishermen, and they had to know what catches well.
Almost all sea robbers hunt small shoal fish and if one of the fish leaves the shoal, it is often enough the death sentence for him. This is why, and also because sometimes a snap reflex is triggered, the technique is so successful. The predators also have little chance to take a closer look at the speed jig and simply react to the movements and pressure waves of the jig.
Not only the big sea predators go well on speed jigs, even sea bass and “smaller predators” are easy to catch with the jigs. Of course in smaller lure sizes from 10-30g
The right technique for speed jigging
Basically there are three techniques for speed jigging
- One is a fast cranking combined with regular and fast jerks with the rod. You can do half a crank turn per jerk with the rod (jig) during the up and down movement.
- The next technique is long and slow large rod movements from bottom to top, where the line is wound up again during the downward movement of the rod. In principle this is almost the same as pumping a fish in a fight
- The third technique is simply a quick cranking of the jig without rod movement. This also works and is sometimes exactly what the fish want.
The big advantage of this technique is that all layers of water can be fished and the fish can be found. For example, you can simply drop the jig completely to the bottom 2-3 jigs and then drop the lure back to the bottom. The whole thing is repeated and the bottom of the water is systematically fished. Of course you have to watch out for hanging spots.
With the next cast I can simply do 1-3 more jig movements and fish all layers of water bit by bit.
When I start fishing at a fishing spot I usually jig all the layers of water at once to have fished all the layers of water once.
Slow pitch is another fishing technique also known as slow jigging. It requires other jigs and rods that have been specially developed for this technique. The rods for slow pitching do all the work with their action. As the name suggests, the lures are guided more slowly and with slow sensitive jig movements the rod is moved from bottom to top. The rod bends strongly at first and when it straightens up again, the jig is also moved upwards. This creates the typical movement for this lure and makes the predators bite. The technique is also much less strenuous than speed jigging.
Mostly multi reels with higher gear ratio are used for this technique.
Fishing spots for speed jigging
In general, it is often said that jigs are successful especially in deeper spots over 25-30 m from the shore. I can’t agree with that and even in shallower water you can catch very well with the lures horizontally. But you should use the lighter jigs up to 30 g.
Top spots from the shore are rocky parts of the sea where you can quickly go down to deeper waters, then you can expect bigger predators.
From the boat you go of course to the usual hot spots, i.e. reefs or edges.
Another point that makes many anglers, including me at least, doubt at first are the hooks typically used in speed jigging. So-called Assist Hooks are single hooks on 2-3 cm long, robber-proof lines. On this side the lure is also mounted to the leader. Of course triplets also work and Assist Hooks are not a must. However, the big advantage of Assist Hooks is that they reduce the risk of getting caught and prevent the fish from being levered out after the bite. The bite yield is hardly less than with normal triplets. The whole thing convinced me when even a small perch wanted to get a 60 g jig that was much too big for him and was hooked cleanly on the Assist Hook.
The right jigs
There are many different forms of jigs, which is again a science in itself, because for the lures it is important how the weight is distributed. There are also many shapes of jigs. Diamond jigs (see picture above), which are flattened on one side and have a diamond-shaped elevation on the other side are often the best and can be used universally. They flutter seductively when you take pressure from the line or the lure falls free.
On the Mediterranean Sea, jigs of 30-80 g are usually the right choice when it comes to bigger predators. For smaller predators 5-30 g are ideal. Other forms are rod-shaped jigs (see below) and lunar jigs. For slow pitching, more compact jigs are used.
The best jigs come from Williamson and Maria (left to Amazon). Unfortunately they are not necessarily cheap. I also have some jigs of the brands “Take” and “Fishing ferrari” (both brands from Lineaffe) which are available in Italy and a few fishing shops in Germany. My favourite jig is still a “Diamond” model from Maria. For the beginning I would recommend to fish a few cheaper models until you get the hang of it.
Shorejigging is nothing else than speed jigging from the shore, where the lure is not released vertically, but thrown and then caught again. The same techniques are used. Rods should then of course be longer and 3m is recommended.
Rods for shore jigging
Rods for this demanding technique have to be able to cope with a lot and have a fast, sharp action. They should be as light as possible so that you can hold out for a long time.
Rods that have proven themselves in shore jigging in the Mediterranean are the Daiwa Megaforce Pilk and the Shimano Blue Romance (left to Amazon). Both are great rods with corresponding action. A rod for shore jigging should be around 2.6-3 m long and have a strength that is adapted to the expected fish species. The rods can be used to drill dentex dentex, empty fish and small tuna.
For jigging smaller predators such as sea bass, the Daiwa Megaforce travel rod is top (link to the test), even if it is not so long, the action is perfect for going full throttle on holiday.
Reels for speed jigging
The reels are exposed to heavy loads and salt water. Most speed jiggers fish with reels with a higher gear ratio of 6.0:1 and higher. Multi-reels are out of the question because the line pull is too low. My recommendation is the Penn Slammer 3 (link to test).
For smaller fish a smaller reel will of course do. A 2500 to 4000mm reel is strong enough for smaller predators,
Line and leader for speed jigging
Of course the line and leader strength is based on the target fish or the one you expect. If you are fishing close to reefs or rocky coasts, the leader must be designed for this and be of a corresponding strength. 0.4 to 0.5 Flurorocarbon is sufficient from the shore, however. If you are fishing for small predators you can of course use 0.3 and thinner leaders.
Only braided line can be used as main line. With a monofilament line the strokes with the rod would mostly simply go up in smoke, in addition a direct contact between angler and lure must be guaranteed. Therefore you need a thin braided PE line. 8-plait lines are even better than the 4-plait version.