It is recommended to use light PE line from #1.2 to #2.0 in slow pitch jigging. When you start gearing up for slow pitch, it’s a big investment and sometimes you are not ready for all the equipment. I personally think that line makes bigger difference in the field than the rod in terms of catching fish.
Slow Jerker is definitely the best slow pitch rod ever built. No slow pitch jigging experts will argue with that. But it’s a fact that importing it from Japan, as I help you, costs a lot of shipping fee. If you can’t afford that, I encourage you to get any slow pitch rod that you can find locally and that you can afford. PE2.0 with a lower grade rod, or any rod, is better than PE4.0 with a Slow Jerker.
Water influence on the line is as much substantial, sometimes more substantial, to your rod as the jig weight. Water influence can change by the currents, the depth, your line, and how your boat operates while fishing. The rod to jig weight match can be discussed but it’s always subject to change by the water influence for a very big deal.
Current can push your line away. Wind can push your boat away. And you have a lot of line slack in the water that disconnects you with your jig.
When you reel and lift your rod for an action, it can move your line in the water but it may not be moving your jig.
Before slow pitch jigging, this line alignment was not discussed much. Hi-speed jigging reels fast and constantly in order to, in our mind, move the jig fast. But the reality may have been that it worked because it took out the line slack and it doesn’t necessarily mean that the jig was moving fast.
When you are trying to do slow pitch from a free-drifting boat without sea-anchor, you are under a lot of water influence. You need refine your senses on this. How much and how fast you need to reel to take out the line slack. And how you make rod actions for the jig to swim and fall.
This may be easy to imagine in the shallow water. The picture may represent fishing at maybe 50 to 60m. And it is very possible to slow pitch in 50m deep from a free-drifting boat.
But imagine it in the deeper water.
Like 100m, still a very popular depth for jigging game.
Can you imagine moving the jig A with a 2-meter stick?
Can you imagine how easy it would be to move the jig B in the vertical alignment?
When you use heavy line and the current is strong, it’s very possible that your line is misaligned like this.
This is very possible. When you can’t touch the bottom, this is what is happening. And there’s no way to move the jig. You can reel like crazy, and the jig is slowly, quietly, unlively, elevating up like a hung metal.
This is also possible in the multi-layered complex currents.
The water influence is so strong that all the rod actions feel like pulling up a rubber band.
In these pictures, you’ve lost the jig. You have let the water take it away from you. Unlike bait fishing, there’s no chance for jigging like this. You need to stay with your jig.