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Japanese Angler’s Secrets

2014-05-04-12.16.54Slow pitch jigging really captured my imagination. Not only it’s effective as a fishing method, I was fascinated that it was well thought out in every details and everything can be explained logically.
Of course it was very difficult first. Sato Sensei’s DVD was the only source of my learning. I have been trapped in my misunderstandings. I have wasted my money on something I didn’t need. I’ve been in a fog but still it was fun learning.

It was my sheer passion to share this fishing style with the world when I started this project in February 2013.
I became an agent for Seafloor Control and started selling the jigs I love. Then so many people started asking me for other things too. I didn’t realize that Japanese products we take for granted here are so hard to reach for many parts of the world. So I started helping people purchase from Japanese shops for my 10% handling fee.

I’m a weekend angler. I’m not a pro. Or I’m not a retailer.

The fuel of this project is only my passion to share this game I love and help people have fun with it. Not to make it a big business. It’s a fun for me. I would like to keep it a fun. I make my living on other things.

Even though there are certain things I can’t do and there are some times that I can’t reply right away because I’m not a full-time retailer, I do live up to my responsibilities for those who trust me. And I really appreciate that so many people have trusted me and helped me grow this project.

Thank you.


Toru “Totos” Ogasawara

Born in Tokyo, 1968.

Currently live in Okinawa.

Phone. +81 90 9856 5386


  • CEO, Okinawa Watsu Center
    Watsu Instructor (Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association)
  • Research Agent on Wellness Tourism, University of the Ryukyus
  • Director, Okinawa Counseling Center for Children and Youth with Social Difficulties
  • Full Of Okinawa – Good Food, Good Life –

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  1. August 22, 2015 at 00:51

    Hi Everyone,
    Totos is a super nice guy, friendly, very kind and helpful.
    He never fail to reply my question and request.
    I am from Thailand and had use his shopping service a few times.
    He carefully pack the fishing rods and make sure they will arrive with you safely.
    First class service!!!
    Thank you for giving the overseas anglers a chance to learn about the Japanese Anglers Secrets.
    And also for sharing your knowledge and experience about fishing, cooking and Japanese culture.
    Arnon T.

  2. September 24, 2015 at 16:25




  3. September 30, 2015 at 21:17

    G’Day from Down Under,

    Totos Sensei!!!

    I have never felt so well looked after. Communication is the best.

    Totos goes above and beyond in his efforts to assist you and provides products and service second to none.

    You will always know what you are getting and if it is not in stock Totos sensei will advise you and give you the best alternative options.

    Trust his advise and you won’t be disappointed.

    Once your order is on its way the shipment tracking info lets you know exactly where it is and when it will arrive.

    It is a pleasure dealing with such a passionate fellow fisherman and professional man.

  4. October 21, 2015 at 01:04

    Hai,all angler.
    I,am from Jakarta,Indonesia.
    first i must say thanks a lots to mr,Totosan
    he is very helpfull man and send to me seafloor control jig that i was order from him.
    So quickly.

  5. March 2, 2016 at 18:38


  6. March 12, 2016 at 13:10


    Thank you so much! This is my second order with you. I’m amazed at the time you take to teach me what I need, after you take the time to learn my conditions in Florida. You never push me to buy more than I need, and I can’t believe it arrives in 5 days. Your service and knowledge is second to none.

    Thank you

  7. April 16, 2016 at 03:02

    Hello Tatos, Please can you give me a hint. I am willing to buy a
    Shimano Ocea Jigger 1501HG for slow pitch jigging, as a rod I have a Palm Metal witch MTGC-633SF,What do you think about this set up.Now I am confused about the handle of the reel. I am right handed, but when I use my shore jigging reels and spinning reels I can use very well the left handed reels.Shell I go for a left handle Ocea Jigger. What is your opinion?

    1. April 17, 2016 at 09:55

      Hi Gerald.
      A lot of anglers change to righthand reel when they start vertical jigging with overhead tackle. Just because some overhead jigging reels used to be only available for right hand. But these days, there are more reels available for both hands. So you don’t really have to change now and you still have a lot of options.
      Technical wise, there’s no need to be a particular hand since you don’t cast anything.

      For OJ1500 series, the normal handle is too short at 70cm. You can buy a 85cm handle arm for OJ2000 which fits OJ1500. JPY2800 + shipping and handling. Let me know if you need my help.

  8. September 3, 2016 at 11:49

    Hi I am William, looking for some rod in Japan can you help.

    1. September 18, 2016 at 11:59

      Hi William.
      Sure. I’m sending you an email. Tell me what you need.

  9. February 8, 2017 at 01:20

    Hi Toto,

    My friends and will will be visiting Okinawa middle next month and they are interested to try fishing when there. Can you recommed a few boat charters that I can contact ?


    1. February 14, 2017 at 19:05

      Hi Justin.
      Sure, I can help you. Do you have dates? What kind of fishing do you guys want to do? Will you be bringing your fishing gears?
      Send me a message from contact form.
      Talk to you later.

  10. December 20, 2017 at 01:16

    Hi Totos san,
    Since i know your blogs..
    Everyday I always reading your blog, and keep learning how to do a slow jigging
    from your direct…’s work!
    Btw,pardon me..even though I can’t shop at your store yet
    maybe, by always opening an ads can help your website
    I’ll wait your blog updates sensei…
    Big Thank from BALI Island – Indonesia
    Matur suksma / Doumo Arigatou Gozaimasu

    1. December 22, 2017 at 22:29

      Hi Superfish
      Thank you very much for your support for my website.
      Let me know whenever you need my help.
      It is my pleasure to help people enjoy this exciting game.

  11. March 19, 2018 at 13:30

    hi ToTo. i’m living in tahiti, french polynesia. i would like to thank you so much for your blog, web site, videos and teaching ! it give me tools to start slow jigging. i’ve already ordered assist line lines, hooks ang rings in your website, hope you send to french polynesia. bye … and thanks

    1. March 31, 2018 at 11:18

      Hi Goldfish.
      It was great to serve you. I hope you will develop slow pitch jigging in your area.
      Good luck!

  12. June 8, 2018 at 03:03

    Hello Totos,
    Greetings from the Westcoast of Ecuador. After waiting for what seemed an eternity (not your fault, postal service) I received my items. I would like to thank you for the excellent service and courteous communications. Good fishing tackle is hard to come by here in South America, glad I found your website. Thanks again. Cheers, K

    1. June 9, 2018 at 16:15

      Thank you very much KP for your kind words. It’s very encouraging!
      Let me know when you need my help.

  13. December 9, 2018 at 14:33

    Hi Toto
    Thanks for the comprehensive write up on Slow Jigging – types of rods, reels and techniques. To tell you the truth, I stopped fishing for nearly 8yrs and determined to re-start this past time activity again.Yes you can imagine that my reels and rods are of 2010 era. So much have changed since and now the reel and rod and even jiggers from a technology perspective. Even the technics on jigging have evolved such as slow jigging. There are few other enquires that I need your guidance… esply on the reels that I have now. Let me take some photos of my reels . My name is Lawrence Chew and I am from Singapore

    1. January 4, 2019 at 13:26

      Hi Lawrence.
      Sure. Send me a message at

  14. May 22, 2019 at 19:51

    Hi Toto
    really appreciate your kindness to share your knowledge from your passion.
    My name is Nikos, I am a weekend angler as well and i am fishing in a wonderful place in south Greece.
    when you will be ready to go fishing in Mediterranean sea, then you are welcome in my place.
    Greeks are known for the hospitality.

    1. July 6, 2019 at 22:49

      Hi Nikos.
      Thank you very much for your warm offer. Yes, I have had so many Greek people inviting me over. Your hospitality is really amazing.
      Hopefully in the future, I may take a trip to Europe with my rods and reels (I don’t know about the jigs… Too heavy) since I know so many enthusiastic anglers there.

  15. September 23, 2019 at 16:51

    Hi Totos,
    Thank you for the email you sent me,
    Good luck with the site, I learn a lot from it.
    With kind regards,
    Jan (from the Netherlands)

  16. August 14, 2020 at 23:18

    I am just beginning in this endeavor. Having had numerous correspondences with Totos, I was able to correct an order before it shipped from England for the best evergreen rod for my conditions here in coastal Northern California as well as the preferred lines, the correct weights of seafloor control jig variants, leader length/srength…you name it. What a help. Still sourcing spaded hook suppliers so I can make my own assist hooks, US doesnt carry them. Cant wait to put this to practice. Thank you for explaining this system. Looking fwd to more articles & videos. I also hope you may consider a trip to N California & perhaps consider doing a video here. I think it would be very well received. Can provide lodging & the boat I used to work on (65 footer) 1 hr N of San Francisco. If you can make it I know quite a few who would be very interested to adopt this technique here. Some already have. Thx again for all the help Totos.

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