Success of Flatfall Jig

Grumpiest1

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i am wondering if the success of the flatfall jig is due to the fact it is the only jig being used or are other jigs being fished and just not being successful hooking these large bluefin? Can anyone comment on the variety of jigs being fished and their success or failure? Thanks
 
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I think its probably all about presentation at the end of the day. The shimano flat fall is designed to be a "do-nothing" type jig that does all the work due to the engineering and design that makes it flutter, which is why people fish them. They are idiot proof and consistent.

Other jigs do work but they just aren't fished. Last year on one trip on the Pacific Queen we were into those 100lb class bluefin, there was a father/son duo, kind of dorky, fishing these funky looking Ahi jigs. Those two guys had 3 of the large bluefin of our 13 total that day caught before lunchtime on those things. They were the only ones fishing that jig and knew what they were doing. At the end of the day, when your jig or bait is out there among 20-30 others, its about which one presents the best.
 
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I have seen those things eat all kinds of jigs way before the Flat Fall came into existence. One of the best big Bluefin bites I was involved with came aboard the Royal Star and I was using a Salas 6X heavy in blue and white. Most of the time they would bite on the sink. I saw so many Bluefin landed on jigs and the Flat Fall had not been invented yet...
 
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I had good luck last year on those 100# class BF with the 100g colt sniper fished on the fall. Didn't just drop it straight down though - what I did was go to the upwind corner and throw long into the wind, let it sink for a bit in freespool and then just put it in gear and wait. This only worked for me in light wind because I think when the wind was blowing it wouldn't get down. But in light wind it was great and I limited with 4 fish in the 100 lb class including the Jackpot. My guess is that when the boat is throwing bait, I'm getting my jig closer to the chum line and also the jig is sinking in a nice arc instead of straight down so I'm covering ground with it. They seemed to like the green/silver model.
 

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True story. Backlashed a reel in a bite and placed a torpedo sinker on the bare hook and dropped over the side to remove backlash and was bit on the fast sink, landed a tuna.

I've caught a handful of BFT with my torpedo setup. A lot of non believers out there when I tell the story. Between myself and few friends and the excel. I will alway have my dropper loop setup like this.

And yes, I bait both hooks!

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Got a few that look just like that
 

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Other jigs work. Shimano's got a hold of the USDM and therefore tackle shops push their stuff. Many nicer lures exist that never make it to these shores. Personally, I've never hooked a bluefin on Shimano's flat fall but have had luck with other JDM "flat fall" type jigs.
 

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Recently I was on a trip fishing for white seabass at night and could not believe my eyes when guys were using the glow flat falls for seabass. These jigs were not "falling" mind you, just suspended a few feet off the bottom tipped with squid. Seabass are stupid so I am sure they would eat a flatfall if it had squid on it but it just shows the mindset of brainwashed fishermen who think they must use a flatfall if they want to get a bite. Marketing 101 taken to a whole new level.

As a side note, I got the only seabass that night on a jig, a 35lber that ended up taking JP, and I was not using a flatfall....
 

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To me the Flat Fall (really, the slow-pitch jig, in general) is just like the Senko when it dropped on the freshwater bass scene. Sure, everyone caught fish before, but every now and then, something comes out with "game changer" status. If you want to keep up with the pros, there are times when you need to have one tied on.
 

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Like chris said, it's a slow pitch jig. There's manh variations, and some solidly outperform the flat fall. Difference is, shimano's massive marketing power so most fishermen has no idea what slow pitch jigging was until shimano released the flat fall.
 
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i have fished both the shimanos and the daiwa/saltiga 'slow chuckles'. with the human eye the shimano looks like it has better flutter action, likely from the asymmetric body of the flat fall. from my limited fish time on them, the hit rate has been equal on both. even though the saltigas don't quite chuckle slowly as much the shimanos, i fish them just to be that ONE guy that has something different to offer those BFT when there are 20 other guys dangling the same shimano. the jury is still out.
 
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I am kind of surprised only one person has mentioned the Ahi Assault Diamond jigs. Work pretty good when chasing sonar schools and marking them deeper and you need to get down to them fast before they split.
 

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i am wondering if the success of the flatfall jig is due to the fact it is the only jig being used or are other jigs being fished and just not being successful hooking these large bluefin? Can anyone comment on the variety of jigs being fished and their success or failure? Thanks
they will still eat a Salas 6x, tady9, Ironman 5, megabait...etc. it's whats "in". other stuff works great still. for those who doubt me, what is there to compare to..companies flood the market and hook up the boats with their jigs. Just my opinion. They may be the ONLY thing that gets bit and that should work out well for their company