I’d like to share an update on an innovative new device
that I have been testing over the past several months. The
device is called ‘The Smart Jigger’. It is basically a
motorized rod holder that pivots up and down based on any
pattern that you record using a series of simple controls.
The device I’ve been using is a prototype, but the makers
are planning on going into production soon.
Here is how it works. There is a rod holder mounted on top
of a small metal box. An electric motor connected to your
boat battery pivots the lid of the box up and down. A small
knob on the side of the box allows you to motor the lid up
and down, and then record and save the motion using 'A' and
'B' record buttons.
Once recorded, the device repeats your
recorded pattern over and over again. You can save two
different ‘Record’ patterns, plus there is a ‘Random’ button
that will move the rod holder in a random pattern. The
‘Stop’ button stops the device, and when it gets overloaded
on the pressure from a fish or snag, the device
The entire box slides onto a removable mounting plate that
can be mounted to the top of a downrigger base, rod holder
base, or any other location in your boat.
The makers of the device had vertical jigging or ‘spooning’
in mind when they created the design. However, my initial
thought was that this thing would be perfect for pumping the
rod erratically while trolling. I’ve been advocating for
slowly pumping the rod while trolling will
produce many more hookups versus leaving the rod in a
motionless rod holder. My only question was whether the
motor had enough power to handle the resistance while
My initial test of the device came at Lake Pardee this past
fall. While I wasn’t able to locate any decent schools of
kokanee to jig over, I was able to land one kokanee vertical
Buzz Bomb using the device. The rods jigged by hand landed
zero that day.
Next up was salmon trolling on the Sacramento River in the
City of Sacramento. While the Smart Jigger performed
flawlessly, the salmon season was one of the worst in
history. We were only able to land one salmon using the
device, a chunky 15 pounder that hit a Sivertron spinner.
The spinners and plugs that we use for salmon put up a
decent amount of resistance, We were able to troll using the
device with either a double-bladed Silvertron spinner or a
K14 Kwikfish and a 4 ounce sinker.
I can’t wait to use the device this spring trolling for
stripers, and then during the summer months using snap weights in
front of trout and kokanee gear. The sky is the limit with
this device, and I’m confident that it will outfish any of
the rods trolled in stationary rod holders. Stay tuned to
BassJack TV over on YouTube for some videos I’m working on.
In the meantime, be sure to check out details over on the
https://www.sunfran.com/ website. You can see
plus sign up for a pre-order.