Tuesday, 9 December 2014
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
Here are some practical cast to catch more fish.
This is one of the most common and useful cast for open terrain when we need a longer cast. It is still possible to use a compact overhead cast by using proper loading technique when back against thick vegetation.
This is the most energy efficient cast because the hand moves the least during whole casting cycle. Because of this, use Forehand cast for short range presentation whenever possible.
Backhand cast is useful in tight spot where the only available casting space is opposite to the casting hand. When done correctly this is one of the easiest and energy efficient cast.
Underhand/ Flip cast
This is by far the most valuable cast. Essentially the Underhand cast uses the limited space in front of an angler to load the rod and propel the lure forward, whether fishing from a confined water craft or land-based. It also allows low trajectory presentation. Timing and efficient loading are keys to execute this cast. Once mastered, the concept can be beneficial to all of the above cast.
Pitching is the most accurate type of cast for short range presentation. It is best used with single hook soft plastic. Caution though when holding hard body lure as one might get hooked by the trebles while pitching. Always hold the line just above the hard body lure to prevent mishap.
|Fast to Extra Fast Action Rod with a strong tip is preferred for Pitching|
|Skipping is easy with Pitching due to the natural low trajectory|
Tuesday, 7 October 2014
Slow Jigging has been the talk of the town thanks to its effectiveness for catching a plethora of demersal fish species. One of the repertoires introduced to Slow Jigging is the Long Fall (LF) technique. It is basically using a long jigging rod (7’6” or so) to lift the jig up, around 2m off the bottom, and drop it down to create a fall reaction bite. Naturally this technique work well for bottom feeding fish, however the downside is that it requires additional investment of a LF setup.
Introduce the Crank and Fall
This Goldie hit the jig when I was cranking it up at a constant pace.
The good news is we can replicate similar LF action with our regular (6’ to 6’6”) jigging rods, here is the technique :
1. Hold your rod in a relax position around 4-6 o’clock position, as low as possible (see photo).
2. Next disengage the spool (baitreel preferred) to let the jig drop to the bottom.
3. Without changing rod position throughout the whole process, reengage the reel and begin cranking at a steady and constant speed to lift the jig off the bottom. This is to simulate the lift via the LF rod. I usually play between 2 to 5 round of the handle turn.
4. Once you have cranked in enough line, release the jig back to the bottom while maintaining the rod position. This is to simulate the lowering of the LF rod.
Whenever possible keep the line and the rod in a straight line.
More tips when using Crank & Fall technique
While the above mentioned is the basic technique, the beauty of Crank & Fall is that it allows us to build in more variations :
- You may speed up or slow down your cranking speed, or having short pauses in-between the ascend and/or descend according to the fish mode and situations. The key point here is to experiment with variations.
- Preferably, pause briefly for about a second (depends on situation and jig used) before releasing the line back to the bottom.
- Do experiment different fall pattern by lightly thumbing the spool to switch between free, semi-free or tension fall.
- One final tip, whenever possible ensure that the rod and the line is at the same angle, you will gain more sensitivity to detect cranking & falling bites.
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