When it comes to fishing using the jigging method, there are many ways to do this. The idea is to “work” a jig in mid water to induce a fish to bite it thinking its a quick meal.
There are a few types of jigging. There is light jigging, fast jigging, slow pitch jigging, long fall jigging, sabiki jigging, squid jigging and then there is the type known as Madai jigging.
Madai jigging is possibly the slowest form of jigging available. This however does not mean its not exciting at all. The fish targeted with these madai jigs are usually benthopelagic. This means you would be in for quite a fight as anglers would need to be able to raise them from the seafloor.
One jig that we have been using quite a lot is the the seabed hopping Williamson Ebi Jig. We have been utilising the 200g and 100g versions and this has so far yielded fairly good results. Definitely a keeper in the jig box as these work when fish require very slow action.
In the past the standard hooks seemed to have lacked piercing power. After missing a few times because of this we decided to upgrade the stock hooks with some Cultivas to further improve our hook up rate.
The following is a step by step guide towards upgrading the jigging hooks on the Ebi Jig. One crucial element is that we are using a jig hook vise that is designed to clamp down hard on some of the biggest hooks in the market.
- The basic recipe requires a pair of Cultiva Stinger Hooks size 2/0, Pe 11 Slow Pitch Kevlar.
2. To bind the kevlar to the hook we will be using a 210 denier thread that is waxed. This is fly tying thread and its more of a preference. Normal binding thread will do.
3. A wire sleeve that can be found in most electrical component shops. A pair or scissors to help the trimming.
4. The biggest utensil here would be the jig hook vise. This is a more premium version where it has a straight forward rotating mechanism along with the a clamp that can hold up to hooks sized 9/0.
Please also have a ruler handy. This will save you plenty of jigging kevlar and money!!
5. First measure 17cm of Slow Pitch Jigging Kevlar
6. Set aside with selected hooks.
7. Clamp first hook on to vise and rotate vise. The binding surface this time would be the inner part of the hook shank.
8. A thread base is most important and crucial. A fly tying principle. By doing this your binding is assured never to slip.
Since the Cultivas have relatively short shanks we wrap a base of about half centimetre. In longer hooks the base wrap is about 1 cm long.
9. Place the jigging kevlar and bind toward the base. Tying in a neat tag end that is in line with the hook shank.
10. Add super glue! Here we use Zap’A’Gap. Quite simply it is the best in the market we have ever used.
11. We find a single hitch works here. Its strong and does not cause any unwanted abrasion to the kevlar.
11. It is important to fuse the binding with a whip finishing. We usually do three turns to fuse the binding. If this is not done, binding can unravel which leads to lost fish.
It can be mastered with some practice or a simple whip finishing tool.
12. We prepare the sleeves that we will use to encase the binding and the knot. This also helps fuse the shank of the hook to the assist cord. When this is achieved striking is more easier.
13. A tool that we find every angler should have is a Dremel soldering tool. This is most versatile and we cannot imagine how we got by without using this in the past.
14. Here we are using the the hot air tool of the torch to fuse the wire sleeve on the binding.
15. We begin by dabbing a bit of super glue on the bind and the carefully placing the sleeve to the desired area.
16. Once satisfied with the position use Dremel Hot Air tool.
17. Blow hot air around the sleeve and watch it fuse itself on the binds of the jigging hook. Look to achieve nice clean coating of wire sleeve on jig hook.
Careful not to burn assist cord!!
18. Repeat binding process again. This time however bind the hook from the back of the shank.
19. Binding this way will give you an arrangement like below.
20. The stock assist hooks on the Ebi jig are in what is called a suicide formation. This is simply tying the length of the kevlar in a perfection loop. A single hitch would do. Do take note to adjust the hooks to achieve this formation.
21. Once satisfied with the formation we fuse the loop knot with a drop of glue. This fuses the hooks formation in place.
22. To further give spine to the assist cord we simply add some more wire sleeve to cover the knot.
23. Once doing so, we now have an upgraded version of the suicide assist hooks for the super effective Williamson Ebi Jig.
Do take note that hook size, line strength and binding materials are purely choice. If you wish to use a different poundage please ensure that it matches thats all.
Critical items that is needed are mainly a very solid vise and a good hook tying bobbin (MUST!!).