Breaking down the details and taking a deeper look at Sea Falcon’s lineup of slow pitch jigs.
Queue up the Will Smith circa 1997, it’s time to get jiggy with it!! Alright, excuse the poor dad joke/reference – hopefully I didn’t lose you with that one because these new Sea Falcon jigs are legit! I ran through a very high-level introduction of these slow-pitch jigs in my video (link to), but now I want to drill down into more of the specs and details of each. As well as talk about applications, and how we will be fishing these!
Quickly, I want to note Sea Falcon’s background as I believe their story and dedication to crafting these jigs is a key component. Starting with they’re custom made. Each jig was created and designed by CEO Tetsuya Itou and the molds for each are based on a hand-crafted original. So every model was designed for specific fall speed, action while dropping, and getting that EXACT presentation you want when slow pitch jigging. Plus, these jigs are built for durability and to perform as designed time after time. Trip after trip. (link to Seafalcon site)
Jig Action + Shapes + Sizes:
- Super Z Slow: Let’s start with Sea Falcon’s standard short jig in the lineup. A traditional-looking shape that’s built to move as the name implies, in a quick “Z” pattern on the upward swing and erratic action on the fall. A combo that’s sure to attract just about any game fish that swims. With a plethora of color and size options ranging from 45g-350g, a couple of these are the first to go in my tackle box!
- Deep Neo: A semi-long cousin to the Z slow, this one takes the shape of a vertical jig and is excellent for deeper water or times when fishing with a lot of currents. Its long, slender shape means it’s going to dive fast with a very tight, vibrating wobble on the fall. Sizes range from 200g-400g, covering you for just about any depth or any currents you may encounter.
- Super Drain: The big dog deep jig. The Super Drain is designed specifically for deeper water applications, requiring minimal angler input yet still able to produce maximum jig action. It comes in sizes ranging from 130g(4”)-400g(6.5”) with a wide variety of patterns including Sardine and glowing colors.
- Drain Inchiku: Built for the bottom dwellers! This jig features a double drain design that’s wrapped with an impressive colored and patterned soft-bodied squid hoochie. This design pre-rigged with a pair of Gamakatsu assist hooks, creates a lot of irregular action and dancing when slow pitching. Even with minimal slow pitch effort. Sizes range from 120g-300g covering you in a variety of depths and fisheries.
Now with an understanding of each jig’s (above) action and available shapes & sizes, let’s drill down into some real-life fishing applications. When and for what (species) should you use each jig for? What are some of the variables to consider for each?
- Super Z Slow: This one is the “swiss army knife” if you will. A very well-rounded and balanced slow pitch jig that really can be tied on to target damn near any game fish. At home (So-Cal), that means this jig can be used from those bottom rockfishing trips, subsurface yellowtail jigging, and even nighttime bluefin trips. It will draw bites on the upswing when making its namesake “z” action, but I suspect the magic is going to happen in the fall! That erratic, wounded baitfish-like action on the descend is sure trigger the predatory nature of fish in that zone. Think big bluefin that just can’t help themselves. The tradeoff comes with depth and current conditions. That same amazing action that will generate bites on the drop will limit this jig’s ability to get into deep depths quick enough or trouble to stay vertical with a lot of moving water. But those sonar school pelagic fish that are in the upper (say 150’-450’ deep) column be warned. The Super Z Slow will be lethal!
- Deep Neo: Where the Super Z leaves off or those situations where you want to get your jig down to the school fastest, enter the Deep Neo. This one is great for fishing both slow-pitch style or for speed jigging. The longer, thinner shape of this vertical jig is going to get you down into your desired depth fast. I always think about those days when the fish, whether it be picky bluefin schools or wolf packs of yellowtail, are fast-moving and you only get maybe one or two drops to get a bite. This is Deep Neo territory. The same rationale goes into bottom fishing with this one. Its slim profile makes it a highly capable jig in deep water or days with fast drifts. So when you need to pinpoint your target and stay down in that bite zone, this is the one I’m grabbing!
- Super Drain: Out here on the west coast, this one looks and feels every bit big bluefin jig! It’s a beefy, gnarly jig that will easily get down to those 300’-500’ foot nighttime bluefin depths without sacrificing the needed action to trigger a bite. In fact, this one falls relatively fast considering its size but is designed to be fished slow-pitch style which keeps you in the bite zone. Free spooling down into the zone will certainly result in bites but also getting big jig action from upward swings will undoubtedly grab the attention of these apex predators as well. Out east, these Super Drains really shine in those deep water fisheries. Pulley Ridge and other south Florida hotspots come to mind slow pitch jigging for tilefish, grouper, and other deep dwellers. That’s where the shape I mentioned above is going to work the best even in varying conditions. The Super Drain will hit the “work smarter, not harder” bill requiring less angler input but still big action when fishing deep spots.
- Drain Inchiku: Rockfish beware!! This jig has the look and feel of a cod killer. Slow pitching jigging for rockfish has quickly become my new favorite way to fish the bottom locally. The Drain Inchiku is going to be lethal on some of my favorite 150-300’ deep water spots with its available sizes plus design drain design that maximizes jig action, even with little input angler. So I can see this jig dancing right above their home and being too tantalizing not to eat! The same applies to those east coast fisheries when fishing reefs and wrecks.