Slow pitch actions are applied by reeling and rod actions just like any other jigging styles.
The characteristic is in the moments you give after each pitch for the highly resilient rod to kick up the jig. With this, the center-balanced jig swims on its own, or lies on its side and falls.
Being in horizontal position and falling is likely when fish make bites the most.
You can make all kinds of actions in various ways. You can purposefully change the rod and jig weight balance to make different actions.
You can change to a heavier rod with the same jig weight, and then the movement becomes more energetic, faster, bigger to the sides as the rod’s spring back action gives more momentum in jig movements.
The same thing happens when you switch to a lighter jig with the same rod. This is what I call “strong setting.” On the other hand, if the rod is lighter in the relative balance with the jig weight, the movements become, slower, weak, and more simple up and down motions. This is what I call “soft setting.”
Jig type has got a lot to do with the actions as well. If you categorize the jig type in one line, one end has to be the sliding jig.
The jigs that swims well at the kick-up of the rod.
The range of motions is wider horizontally. The other end is fall jigs. The jigs that are specialized in falling actions.
They don’t usually slide to the side so that motions are more vertical up and down. They just lie on its side at the rod kick-up and soon start falling.
How you set it up makes differences as explained above. Now let’s talk about how we make different actions with our application.
The picture shows actions by different reeling.
1/1 crank of reeling per jerk is a basic application. When you reel less, like 1/2, 1/4, 1/8 crank, the jig movement becomes smaller.
Hi-speed lift means consecutive cranks of reeling, usually 3 to 5 cranks, without holding up the rod to kick up. It’s nice to combine some hi-speed lifts occasionally in between different slow pitch to create changes of pace. Hi-speed lift attracts fish.
And then the next couple pitches are the feed. Invitation for a bite.
Red marks in the picture indicate when the contacts are likely to come.
When you bring down the rod after the kick-up, you may reel the half of the next pitch, and reel the other half to pitch as you bring up the rod. This creates actions without falls. (left side)
Or, you may not reel at all while you bring down the rod. This gives away line slack for the jig to fall. (right side)
This is a simple example of reeling application. But in reality there’s a lot you can do with the rod actions.
Can you imagine what kind of reeling and rod actions can bring on the movement as in this picture?
It’s important to know what attracts the fish and what invites the bite, and combine them in your actions purposefully.
Changes of pace may trigger the fish to react. It’s also important to connect smoothly each series of actions of different rhythms.