My Terminal Setup Illustration
In response to a request by one of our readers, I have illustrated my terminal setup. I have talked about terminal setups in other posts in the past, and this will be an overview of my terminal setup. Hope it helps.
My recommend is #1 Shimano Ocea 8 or EX8, #2 Sunline Jigger ULT4, #3 Super Fireline Colored. I use between PE1.5 and 3.0 for slow pitch jigging.
They stretch less than others, and they catch less water than others, promising more direct control.
Ocea EX8 is more expensive, strong, durable, and it is just a better made line. PE2.0 is 45lb (20.4kg) pound class.
Jigger ULT4 and Super Fireline are half as expensive. And they both stretch very little, less than Ocea 8 or any other 8-ply line. But not strong and not durable as Ocea EX8.
Jigger ULT4 is a 4-ply braided line. It squeaks at the guides, but that is all. Sato Sensei uses this line for light targets, especially at deepsea, because of this non-stretching property. PE2.0 is 34lb (15.5kg) class.
Super Fireline Colored is produced by Berkley Japan. Color mark is very important when you negotiate with the fish around the bottom. Fireline is a coated fused line, not braided, and that’s why it doesn’t stretch. The coating protects against friction and cuts through the water. It’s not durable as other lines, and once the coating is damaged, the line is very vulnerable. And it’s easy to backlash, a little tricky to handle. PE2.0 is 30lb (13.6kg) class. When you use this line, you should consider renewing more frequently than other lines.
PR Knot is strongly recommended to connect PE line to the leader. PR Knot maintains 100% of line strength. PE – leader connection is bound to be the weakest part of your system. Take no chances.
I use Seaguar FXR (fluoro) #8, #10, #12, #16 (from 30lb to 55lb). 8 to 10 meters usually.
The leader to the solid ring is done by TN knot.
But when I tie FC #10+ to GP ring #4, the ring is too small to go around the ring 3 times in TN knot. I do DN Knot. Go around the ring 2 times, and make the final loop twice.
The best solid ring to connect to the leader. A specially designed seamless ring that has been punched out in one piece from the metal sheet and polished from all directions. Astonishingly strong.
I use #4 usually with light setting, and #5 with heavier setting.
Split ring connects GP Ring and 1) the jig and 2) solid ring with assist hooks.
Slow pitch jig has a flat side and a fat side. You would want the assist hooks on the flat side. All Seafloor Control jigs have the eye mark on the flat side.
Hot’s toughness split ring is the most popular compact and strong split ring amongst slow pitch anglers.
I use SOM Track Split Ring #5 for the head because it’s strong against opening frequently. Seafloor Control jigs have heavy wire eye and #4 would be too small. I use Toughness Split Ring #4 for the tail hook.
I use ASS fluoro cored PE20 and PE30. They used to say fluoro-cored PE on the head of the jig, and non-cored PE on the tail of the jig. Fluoro cored assist cord stays away from tangling with the leader, but non-cored assist cord was believed to be easier to be swallowed. But recently we came to believe that fluoro-cored PE does not reduce hooking rate at the tail of the jig. Now I make all of my assist hooks with fluoro-cored PE.
I use ASS seamless polished ring 6.0mm mostly.
Hooks are mainly Jigger Light Shiwari 4/0 and 5/0 and Jigger Light Hold of the same size. I use Shiwari on the tail, Hold on the head. Hold can find more hooking. Shiwari can penetrate more. I use Hold on the head because when fish bites on the head it means the jig is lifting by the tensioned line. I like the hook to find the hooking points more and I wouldn’t worry about the penetration. I use Shiwari on the tail because when fish bites on the tail it means the jig is falling and the line is not tensioned. I like the hook to penetrate more by its own weight and avoid missing the hooking. Also Shiwari has far less chances of snagging.
This is my terminal tackle setup for now. I’m in my learning process, and new products come every year, so I may change it. I will try to update this page as I go alone.
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