Hook Setup: Isn’t 2/0 hook too small?
I have some people with the same question about the hook size. I’d like to answer it with this post.
Currently I use Shout 3/0 and 5/0 in power assist. Do you think the 1/0 and 2/0 Decoy Pikes will be strong enough if I happen to hook my dream 20kilo plus Western Australia Dhufish?
I do understand the concern. Most people are surprised to see the slow pitch setup as they are so tiny and thin. But there are reasons.
First, as I posted before, here’s the video of a man catching a 35kg Amberjack with 2/0 size hook. This is Captain Higashimura, one of the top slow pitch anglers in Japan. It takes skills, and a lot of luck too I’m sure, to land a big fish with light tackle, but it proves that it is possible.
|Rod||Evergreen Poseidon Slow Jerker 603-4|
|Reel||Shimano Ocea Jigger 2000NR-HG|
|Line||Berkley Fireline Tracer Braid PE2.0 (30lb) Seaguar FC #8|
|Jig||Deepliner Freq 300g|
He used normal Pike 2/0 hooks. 3 of 4 hooks he had on the jig were broken and 1 remaining hook was extended when he landed the 35kg fish.
HEAD hook is what catches the fish when the fish bites on the uplifting motion. Head assist is easy to get tangled with the leader. That is why we use fluoro cored PE for the head assist line.
TAIL hook is what catches the fish when the fish bites on the falls. Fish always like to bite on the front of the motion, which is more fatal. Tail assist line can be plain PE with no core because it’s easier to be swallowed, or it can be fluoro-cored assist cord.
Tail assist helps the jig swim steadily, like the tail of a kite. The longer assist line is easier to be swallowed too. These are the reasons why it’s good to have longer assist line on the tail. But the head hook and the tail hook should not overlap.
DOUBLE hook because ideally one hooks from inside the fish lip and the other hook from outside. If you have them hooked like this, the more fish tries to get away, the more deeply the hooks penetrate from both sides.
Even if not hooked like that, the total 4 hooks work together in a way to “hug” the fish. Dividing all the shocks with 4 hooks helps each hooks stay intact.
Slow pitch jigging wants to use light wired hooks. Because the light wire doesn’t interfere the natural jig movements. The light wire is also easy to penetrate. That property is very important for SPJ because it uses a lot of falls and the fish bites on the falls. The hook needs to penetrate only by the weight of jig on the falls. And in order to compensate with the weakness of the light wire, we use double hooks.
Set up purposefully
So, this is the hook system that Sato Sensei came up with.
Slow pitch utilizes the natural swimming and falling actions of the jig. Because with the center balanced jig, that is when the jig is in horizontal position, and that is when the fish makes the bite mostly. Slow pitch wants to maximize those moments.
So you don’t want to interfere the jig movements. Water resistance is what interferes it, therefore;
- Use thin line (Usually PE1.2, PE1.5, or PE2.0)
- Use thin leader (Usually 30lb to 50lb)
- Use shorter leader (Usually 3m to 5m)
- Use smaller hooks (Usually 1/0, 2/0, or 3/0)
These are NOT the rules you have to follow. These are just the physics we play vertical games on.
If you go heavier in your system, you will have a better chance to catch bigger fish, but at the same time you will get less contacts.
There are times in the day when the fish is active and when they are not. What I recommend is to have at least 2 tackles. PE1.5 setup and PE2.0 setup, and use them alternately, according to your tactics. Use 2/0 size normally. When you find the fish is not active and want some contacts, switch to 1/0 hook.
It would also be nice if you have 1 more reel with a heavy set, maybe PE2.5 and 50lb leader. Don’t hesitate to take time to switch your reels when you want to go for a big one. When you do, I would use Pike 3/0 Type-R, heavier hook than the normal Pike.
This way, you can “target” for a big score, not just “happen” to hook one. Of course you are not always right. If you can’t catch with the setting you chose, you just need to give it up. You can’t catch a fish that your setup means to target. That’s the game.
On the other hand, there are a lot of times that I’m with a heavy set and catching no fish, while others are happily catching small amberjacks. I have to be patient. I’m waiting for a big wise amberjack behind those babies, and I need to commit myself on that.
Anyway, I don’t recommend any hook bigger than 3/0 for slow pitch. If you ever have an experience of breaking the hooks, that’s when you can think it over and try to see what you can change. Not just about the hook size, maybe it’s maintenance of the hooks, or maybe it’s the way you fight with the fish. Going for heavier and bigger tackle seems like a simple solution. But know that there is a lot of finesse you are losing by doing that.
Hook with Ring Eye
- Decoy Pike Type-R
Hook with Flat Eye
- Cultiva Jigger Light Shiwari
- Cultiva Jigger Light Hold
- Seafloor Control JAM Hook
- Kinryu Niq Pro
- Kinryu Niq Pro Z
- Takamitechnos Ropera
Assemble Double Hooks
>> Assembling Double Assist Hooks
Hope the information helps you! Good luck!
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the normal decoy pike hooks have good tensile strength however I still shy away from them as they are way too thin. even small puffers and parrot fishes break them very easily.
I like the owner cultiva tuff wire jigger light hooks best!
Cultiva Jigger Light is indeed a good hook. I hope they will make double hook set with fluoro cored PE soon.
What is the name of the ASS 2/0 pike hook with no hole?
I use those but I have found on 10kg kings in 100m that one might snap and the 2nd one might open up. This is strange because it means that some hooks seem harder than others even though they are the same brand. Maybe or maybe not – it could be because the pressure of the fish is on a different part of the hook at a later part of the fight after the hook snaps? I don’t know… What do you think? Is the 2nd hook stretched to breaking point maybe and I’m just lucky more than once?
Angler’s Support Service makes the slow pitch double hook with normal Pike.
Hooks receive sudden direct impacts from the fish. When several hooks are hooked in different places, each hooks are impacted differently. There are different leverages from different directions.
As long as you have one hook point, there’s a chance that you can catch it!
Pike type R I love these hooks and I don’t use anything else. I have caught some big fish with these hooks and never had a problem plus they stay sharp as.
Thank you for your feedback. I agree.
With my clumsy hands I don’t trust, unless there is other pre-made slow pitch double hooks available on the market, assembling Pike Type-R is the best bet for me too.
I plan to buy ass sato asist hook what is the best for reactor 210 head?
I mean the length of floro leader
35mm or 40mm?
Probably best to have 35mm on the head, 40mm on the tail.
Thanks for very wonderfull information on your site!
I am from Russia – Sakhalin Island!
I bought Slow jerker 4oz and Ocea Jigger 2017 1000HG, Shimano EX8 2PE. Now I buy jigs and аccessoriess. I have a question about assist line and solid and split rings. What lb need to be assist line and split ring and solid ring power? May be you can reccomend any?
Welcome to slow pitch jigging.
I sell my recommendations here.