Slow pitch jigging is a highly productive fishing technique for grouper and snapper, targeting fish near their feeding locations. It allows for specific depth control, mimicking wounded bait fish, while speed jigging mimics fleeing fish. Feeding triggers can be used instead of eliciting a reaction strike. Learn more about jigging techniques, fighting techniques, rods, reels, and jigs used for this effective fishing method.
Jigging - Slow Pitch Basics(00:11:03)
Slow pitch jigging enables anglers to keep their presentation at depth where the fish are holding. Instead of dropping irons or jigs down deep and then ripping them up through the water column, slow-pitch jigs are meant to ascend and descend within a specific band of the water column. If fish live and feed at or near the bottom or a suspended depth, it is not super useful to drop a jig and then crank it right past the fish. It is far more beneficial to work your jig at the depth where there are fish.
When fishing for grouper or snapper in deeper water, the fish will spend most of their time close to the bottom. Slow pitch jigging allows you to work jigs right off the bottom. This means less snags or worries about whether your bait is still on. You can stay where the fish are feeding until you get a bite.
In this In The Spread fishing video, we will share the basics of slow-pitch jigging for grouper and snapper. We will cover jigging technique and fighting technique. Much of this style of fishing is counterintuitive to what most anglers are used to doing. The rods are not made to leverage fish up. You are using the reel to slowly crank fish up from depth. The rods and reels will be covered, so you have a good idea of what you need to start fishing. Because of the specific types of slow pitch jigging rods and jigs used, the presentation mimics a disabled baitfish fluttering instead of fleeing. After watching, you will have a much better idea of what goes into slow pitch jigging.