Slow pitch jigging in Malaysia is evolving to be a popular way to fish in Malaysia. Slow pitch jigging is most suitable for jigging in the seas surrounding Malaysia. There are many styles of twin hook patterns to follow. The style shared today is a slightly modified version of the Japanese version which is popularly tied.
Lately we have been using Tungsten Jigs. These jigs shaped more like slow fall jigs are lighter and much smaller than the usual 200 gram jigs everyone else uses. Despite being smaller and lighter they seem to reach the bottom faster and offer more exciting action for the fish. Hence improved bite rates.
Over the months we have managed to collect a fair bit of tungsten jigs to use for trips. These seem to becoming a go to jig instead of the normal lead.
The nature of tungsten is that it is more dense than lead hence it sinks faster even though it is smaller. A rough estimate would be a 100g tungsten jig can do what a 200g jig can do.
The cons of fishing like this is that higher risk of barracuda loss and tungsten jigs cost way much more than normal lead jigs. So be prepared to spend quite a bit for these as once you have used them nothing else seems to work as well. This includes japanese premium brand lead jigs.
We have a preference of setting up tungsten jigs with the slow pitch assembly of hooks. These have served us well.
We find that we save money on hooks for these tungsten jigs as they require smaller hooks. This means that we get more hooks in the packs that allow us to have more pairs per pack.
Being such small jigs the ingredients also are relatively light. Please take precaution not to overwhelm the hooks with very big kevlar.
To hook the jig 3/4 of the body length we find that we need 15 cm of Kevlar.
We have found that balance and symmetry of the hooks are better achieved if the ring is looped before binding the hooks. This also saves a lot of frustration having to deal with line memory. The hooks also remain symmetrical for a long time.
The “Cat Paw” is a good looping knot to secure the solid ring. Just ensure that a bit of Zap-A-Gap glue is applied at the knot. Optional to bind the base of the knot.
Using our Economy Vise we bind the Cultiva Jigger Light 3/0 from the base of the flat head all the way to the tip of the hook. This is a rough measure to go by. If you have a ruler you can use a centimetre or however much you fancy.
Start to bind the kevlar to the hook following the image above. Once the bind is complete do a single loop around the shank of hook and hitch the solid ring along with the other “leg” through.
Once you have done that bind bottom part of the “leg” to the hook towards the flathead.
Most crucial to add a very good glue to this bind. Cheap super glue has a tendency to react with the kevlar and causing them to turn brittle. Zap-A-Gap, a premium glue which is slightly slower setting is a better choice to use. This allows the glue to seep into the binding and give a better hold. It improves a bind tremendously. The bottle also lasts a very long time. (We have had ours for a year now)
The above image is what the first hook should look like. We chose to let the hook face outwards however if you wish too have it facing inwards it is perfectly fine.
We follow the same steps as before for the first hook with the second hook. After awhile of doing this you can find this whole process to be very repetitive. The key is not to rush the binding but take your time to get the look you wish to achieve.
This time hitch through the shank of the second hook the first hook and the solid ring till you achieve the situation above.
Please note that sometimes bindings like these require some persuasion to achieve a good symmetry. Feel free to pinch or tug things into place.
Once you are satisfied you should achieve a binding like below.
The hook set above has got some symmetry. To give you a better idea is to hold it up and let it hang.
Please take note that this situation can be very addictive. Once you have gotten the hang of tying your own jig hooks you will never need to buy the ready made ones ever again.
We added rubber sleeves to better protect our binding. We are quite particular about leaving our bindings exposed to teeth. Unlike some folks who tend to underestimate nature.
This setup will see us using twin hooks instead of the usual four. There is no restriction as to what you wish to do. If you wish to have four then by all means please do so.
Above are some setups we are trying now and some sample hooks that we have tide to be used with normal lead jigs. Fishing is ever changing so please feel free to keep trying.
With a good vise a lot can be achieved and we are currently offering one that is truly bang for buck.
For more inquiries please whatsapp us at 0137733474 (Bard). Below is a Sample image of the vise. (Inclusive of one Bobbin)