Originally Posted by whisper
Going Cod fishing soon
so can anyone give me any advice
I have the rods and reels but will pick up the terminal tackle and bait on the way.
Any advice would be great especially tides rigs and bait
Been a fair while since I done any but firstly are your rods for downtiding or uptiding?
Downtiding: 6-8 ft rod, strong multiplier reel, 20lb main line, 40 lb trace with Pennel rig using 6.0 to 8.0 hooks. Squid bait presented head down on pennel rig, size of weight obviously depends on run of tide.
Uptiding: Uptide rod approx 10ft, good large casting multiplier like Abu 7000 etc, 20lb mainline, 40lb shock leader then same terminal tackle as downtide. Breakaway grapnel weight, size dependant on tide again.
The main advantage of uptide fishing is you cast approx 30 degrees out from anchor warp far as poss,the grapnel holds your bait uptide of the vessel, therefore fish dont get spooked by the sound of the hull slapping on the water etc. You also know when you have a decent fish on as the fish will pick up the bait and swim downtide.
I caught my personal best of 32lbs using this technique with a fresh whelk as bait.
As far as bait goes I have known cod to take anything from Lug to Jelly babies......No joke