I went to Wajima, which is in north side of Ishikawa Prefecture, for my first and desired jigging session.
The member from Momoi was Yoshi, Ken, Yuko and me.
Mr. Yamada Tatsumasa arranged the boat for the jigging for us.
Mr. Yamada is the field tester of “HOTS”, the jigging & casting tackle maker
And I had deep motive to be learned from him about the tips of the jigging.
We left Kobe (our office) in the Sat afternoon and arrived Wajima by 7hours drive.
After that we met up Mr. Yamada as he had already been there.
On that day, we had light (?) dinner together and stayed at the captain’ house.
The next morning, our boat had set sail at 5am.
Judged from the advance information, not a few amberjack were caught.
We started jigging right after we arrived at the point.
4 members except me dropped the jig immediately and jerked the rod with high pitch.
I also dropped the jig by following others and my first jigging got started.
I mimic the jigging action of others.
However nothing was hit.
Not only us, but we had got the information from the other boats that there were few reactions from the sea.
We foresaw the bitter start for this jigging.
However the HOTS field tester Mr. Yamada changed the flow.
He was the first one who caught the fish very naturally and the result was small amberjack (approx. 5kgs).
This size is not small for other sea areas.
This size is actually not called “small” in other areas but called in Wajima.
After that, Mr. Yamada got amberjack (8.5kgs), John Dory, Banded jacopever and other rock fish continuously.
Mr. Yamada used the light specs - line size PE#1.2 (0.18mm) (Momoi’s prototype) and leader was 20Lbs (Momoi’s Nylon Shock Leader).
This prototype PE line is now on the final test for the release scheduled in this autumn.
The sharp jerking movement of Mr. Yamada has many variations.
The change of his action/static is clear and it looked quite nice.
Then I tried to imitate his actions but it did not go well.
I waved my rod up and down, and winded up the spinning reel slowly when I came up to the mind.
To tell the truth, my action was quite bizarre and unnatural but I repeated my action monotonously on the boat.
“No fish would be allured by my movement..” I was thinking about such.
Suddenly, the tip of my rod bent dramatically and I felt the unexpected pulling power under the water.
Surprisingly, it was me who hit the fish after Mr. Yamada.
Even though I kept retrieving, the sound of reel’s drag surrounded and the line kept pulling out.
Everyone around me kept attention and I felt big pressure of their expectations of “Don’t miss the fish”.
I felt uneasy whether I made the knot firmly or the size of PE#2 (0.23mm) was enough for the target.
But somehow I cranked up and encountered the Hiramasa (kingfish) in which weight was 7kgs.
My dancing jig caused by my weird actions seemed to be attractive for the fish and my beginner’s luck introduced such big pleasure on the boat.
After my big fight, Yoshi and Ken hit the target.
However, Ken’s line had cut off by the target at first hit and at second hit, fish escaped from his line continuously. And then, Ken was depressed and he just repeated the movement taught by Mr. Yamada.
But he could not meet the luck.
We were in the second half of the game.
Mr. Yamada hit from rock fish to blueback by changing the jigs, gimmicks and his actions.
Yoshi caught 4 small amberjack, Ken hit some rock fish like scorpion fish.
As for me, I got small amberjack, puffer fish and the results were okay.
In such occasion, Yuko, whose target was 10kgs over amberjack and flounder, could not meet any hit at that time.
Yuko had many experiences in many oceans around the world, Canada (she caught 300kgs (700Lbs) tuna last September with Yoshi (he got 450kgs/over 1,000lbs), Korea and of course Japan.
And in the past, she always hit the fish and never experienced “No results”.
This time, it might be her first time with 0 hit.
And what is worse, she was lack of sleep and suffered from sea sickness.
Her jerking fight had continued in such condition.
Thick cloud got covered in the sky and the temperature was getting cold.
Wind was getting stronger and we felt jolt on the boat.
“It seems something caught down there”
Yuko whispered that she had the hit finally.
Although she was too tired to raise her arms, Yuko did her best to wind up the reel and was looking forward to the target.
And the yell with pleasure was filled in the boat again.
I got the technique to know and the good thing was that I lost no jigs this time.
But for us, as you know, it was meaningful and found very good results on this day thanks to the prototype #1.2(0.18mm) and the power of our Shock Leader.
The results may be made by downsizing the lines and it was reliable quality of line than ever before.
In the end, we appreciate the HOTS field tester Mr. Yamada for teaching many tips from the knowledge of jigging to tasty restaurant in Wajima.
Thank you very much.
Mr. Yamada: Main Momoi Prototype PE#1.2(0.18mm)