Video: Slow Jigging Tuna

This is my favorite jigging technique for fishing with soft baits and I think the most underutilized. It’s a great technique for those fish you see on the fish finder that “won’t bite anything.” As compared to speed jigging, a slow-jigged lure is an easy target for lazy tuna. Slow jigging works best with eel tails such as the Hogy Harness Jig and Hogy Pro Tail Paddle Tail soft baits. You are relying mostly on boat drift and slow rod tip motions to work the bait. The natural softness of the plastic does the rest. It’s really a slow method. I jokingly teach people my method by instructing to fish like “you really don’t care about fishing.”

Gear List:

Rod: Sewell Custom 400g Jigging Rod

Reel: Shimano Stella 20k

Line: 100lb Jerry Brown Hollow Core

Leader: 130lb BHP Wind On Leader 


  • Drop to a specific depth that you are targeting.

  • Slowly raise your rod tip and let it fall slowly.

  • Every few moments, change the depth by 10’ slow cranks, then repeat slow jig.

  • Drop back to bottom and repeat.

  • Once you have too much line out from boat drift, reel in and repeat.

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