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Care and Feeding of Slow Pitch Jigging Rods

Care and Feeding of Slow Pitch Jigging Rods

Posted by Dan Harley, Palmarius Rods on 30th Jun 2022

Congratulations on your purchase of an Original PALMARIUS Slow Pitch Jigging Rod(s).

PALMARIUS RODS are constructed of only the finest materials, being Toray Carbon Fiber High Modulus “Graphite” and Fuji Guides, reel seat and handles.

Our rods are designed to be High Performance. To us that means the ultimate in light weight and sensitivity. High Performance doesn’t mean unbreakable in fact just like a High Performance Formular One Car, one good high-speed impact, at the right angle and we have all seen what happens to Carbon Fiber racecars, the body literally explodes.

Carbon Fiber is an amazing state of the art material – as such it has many advantages and with that come some disadvantages.

You cannot bend a 100% Carbon Rod at extreme angles, the rods are designed to fished holding the rod at a maximum fighting angle of 50 degrees – so that means holding the rod PARALLEL to the water or LOWER. In the case of a big fish on, you might even be pointing the rod AT THE WATER, keeping just enough tension on the line to keep tight while the REEL DOES ALL THE WORK.

In the fishing style of Slow Pitch Jigging, the reel does the work not the rod.

It is physically impossible to “lift” say a 100 pound grouper or tuna with a rod weighting in a 5 oz – the physics don’t work. However by using high quality reels with spool drag and low drag pressures, anglers routinely land 50, 75 even 150 Pound Grouper on these very rods.

Do’s and Don’t that apply to ALL CARBON FIBER AND HIGH CARBOB RODS


High stick the rod, keep it parallel to the water or even pointing at the water in the case of a big fish.

Do not use the rod to free snags, rather wrap the line around a dowel and pull the snag free. You can alternatively put the rod tip in the water, pointing at the bottom, reel down to the snag, pull the rod butt to the sky putting no pressure on the blank.

Do not let jigs or sinkers bang on the Carbon Fiber Shaft

Do not attach jigs or sinkers to the eyelets of the rod, rather wrap them around the reel handle.


Transport and store the rod in the neoprene bag it came with, Carbon Fiber is extremely strong until it gets a nick, cut, dent or gash. Again this is a 5 oz rod, treat it like a Fly Rod – store it in the case its provided for a reason.

Remove the reel from the rod after each trip, washing the reel seat and guides with a very mild (weak) solution of mostly water with a few drops of soap.

Match your drag setting to the recommended drag of the rod, typically 6kg to 12kg (12 pounds to 24 pounds). Slow Pitch Rods are not designed to PUMP fish in, rather they are designed to GRIND FISH IN. Point the rod at the fish and just reel, you will have a lot of fun and you will see that the rod will absorb every attempt of the fish to free itself. Have an end game planned out, one friend should leader the fish, another gaff or nets, the moment the fish is gaffed or netted OPEN THE BAIL.