Slow pitch jigging has established itself as an extraordinarily effective method over the last 3 years in UK waters with 32 species (to my knowledge) being caught by the method. So it was about time myself and the ethos crew gave it a go.
This was mine and the lads first trip afloat of the year aboard Anglo Dawn out of Falmouth, but with summer creeping up on us there will be many more. There was no specific target for the day, just to see how many species we could get on slow jigs and a quids in wager was on the largest fish. We started off on a few inshore reefs and wrecks, quickly finding the mackerel that have turned up early this year and the occasional pollack.
Bait finesse pollack
As we were in so shallow Ben decided to crack out his bait finesse setup, and my god did it look fun smashing pollack on a 5g bait casting setup, why didn’t I bring mine!? I had a different rod to christen, my new heavy saltwater setup was onboard, a Sakura Ten Fighters star shooter and shimano vanquish, rigged up with a majikeel I was away, wrasse after wrasse fell to our rods as we drifted over the reefs. We fished inshore over slack then moved out to some deeper water as the tide started to flow.
New setup christened
I’m not going to say we were smashing fish every drift, because we weren’t, it was difficult fishing, as it often is at this time of year but we were ready for that, and you can’t beat just being out with like minded mates regardless of the fishing.
Andy our skipper put in the work and found us what we were after, by the end of the day we had had 7 species on slow jigs, great stuff for what can be a very slow time of year. My highlight of the day was hooking into a decent pollack, I will admit that I thought I was snagged at first until the unit of a fish started shifting! The beauty of slow jigging is that the rods aren’t mega stiff and do bend into fish so you get a great fight, especially from crash diving pollack.
The slow jig rods myself and Ben were using were designed for use with fixed spool, while this does make slow jigging more accessible as not everyone wants to spend money on specific reels, you can’t fish slow jigs properly with a fixed spool. Big thanks must go to the Trooper that is Aaron Insley who was up till 4am sorting the rods for us.
All in all a great day afloat with some good mates, and a taste of what is to come for summer!
If you’re interested in getting out lure fishing from the boat, Andy is your man and can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/anglodawn/
for rod repairs, modifications or custom builds Aaron takes some beating: https://www.facebook.com/customrodbuilderaaroninsley/