OP this is good option to at least test it out, all you'll have to purchase is a few jigs and some assist hooks to see for yourself.The proper gear makes a difference but you can use an extra fast action rod combined with a high geared reel as well. Since you have a boat, why don’t you just buy a few jigs and commit to using them exclusively till you get bit. Youtube can offer a lot of techniques to replicate.
I hear you on most topics in todays ever changing world. I resist change more often than most. However, my experience is that the SBJ gear is substantially lighter, better balanced and allows you stay in the game longer when actively working a jig for long periods of time. It is a good tech advance IMO. As I age, and deal w/neck issues, I seek out said tech advances that allow me to stay active on the rail longer. Every bit of my current quiver is based on weight and balance and how that affects my damn neck!We’ve been dropping various jigs on the heads of bass and rockfish for over thirty years. Now they call it SPJ and say we need specialized rods and reels to do it. Lol.
I don't know about unbreakable I recall seeing one break last year.The technology going into the slow pitch rods is very impressive, a decent rod is virtually unbreakable unless it’s handled improperly. Amazingly light, and capable of imparting the correct action on the jigs to create the optimal action.
As I age, and deal w/neck issues, I seek out said tech advances that allow me to stay active on the rail longer. Every bit of my current quiver is based on weight and balance and how that affects my damn neck!
Hop on some boats and outfish everyone on the boat. That will get things trending in the right direction. If it works it will sell, new trends/jigs are flying off the shelves if they work and yes that includes socal.Slow Pitch is what you make of it. Is it the end all, be all - no. But it's tremendously fun, often times more effective than bait, and you feel like you've accomplished something by tricking a fish with only lures.
The push back that people have is generally because they don't dedicate the time necessary for being proficient, or have different goals for fishing. The folks that say we've been doing this forever ignore the specialized tackle which makes it less taxing on the angler, sort of like when people wax poetic about muscle cars from the 70s when cars now are objectively better by any metric.
The issues I see with SoCal in particular is that fisherman tend to be very beholden to techniques or gear that has ties to SoCal in some way, and skittish at best - and downright opposed at worst - to new techniques or gear. I'm not sure why that's the case, but it seems prevalent.
I'm going to be in SoCal in May for some seminars, so we'll see how it goes after a cogent discussion of the gear, tactics and reasoning behind why this technique can be an excellent tool to have in your bag.
I haven't brought bait on a boat in 7 years. I'd like to see what happens in SoCal for sureHop on some boats and outfish everyone on the boat. That will get things trending in the right direction. If it works it will sell, new trends/jigs are flying off the shelves if they work and yes that includes socal.
That's a good point. While fishing a flat fall for cod, I was surprised to catch a nice sized winter YT in 250'.and if there’s yellows around they’ll hit the jig more willingly than a plastic with squid strip on it so it opens up more possibilities.
Just my opinion
Very-very good advice! I’ve determined that my neck issues are primarily from overuse (bad posture, bad technique in whatever I’m doing, laziness etc) looking down is such a bad position, but it’s generally the position of least resistance, especially while fishing! I’m going to remember this and try to heed your advice! I know what I need to do, doing it is just easier said than done!One other tip that might help you stay in the game longer and has kept me out of pain is to avoid constant looking down at the water, keep your head straight and fish/jig by feel. You will always have to look down at the water periodically and when you're landing fish, but doing most of your actions with your head straight up might help you as it did me. At first it felt weird but now is second nature, give it a shot.
Good luck/keep fishing