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Old 24 October 2012, 19:12   #1
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Cod Fishing Advice

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
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Old 24 October 2012, 20:47   #2
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Suppose it depends on the local tradition & area your fishing in For me I just keep it simple and heavy ,

6 ft heavy boat rod + 8 inch wood Scarborough reel ,
80 lb line ,

Lead filled 2 ib one inch diam chrome tube pirk with a large treble hook on the bottom end muppet optional .

If you want to go a bit more complicated add
a 4 ft trace with 3 hooks muppets or feathers or just bait with mussle or rag worm .

Sometimes take off the muppet on the treble hook & bait with mackrall flapper or frozen squid instead .

Drop over side of boat ,
Let it touch bottom ,
Wind in 3 turns of the reel ,,, lock off the reel,
then start raising and lowering rod up and down if there's a big swell on let the boat do the rod work .

Also not a bad idea to re/sharpen up the points of large hooks even new ones .

Up our end yorkshire , the old saying seems to be right ,,
wind from the west fish feed best or
Wind from the East no fish feast .
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Old 24 October 2012, 21:20   #3
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Cod are scavengers and squid will work just fine. For the a la carte of baits - then peeler crab is the way to go. Use elasticated thread to secure on the hook. Lugworm is also good. If you know where a rocky ledge or outcrop is, or even a wreck site, then that's where you'll find them.
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Only one piece of advice, the bigger the bait the bigger the fish
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Going Cod fishing soon so can anyone give me any advice

Yes.. go to a fish mongers, its less hassle and never eat yellow snow!!
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Bigs Baits A Pluss, (Which need Big Hooks 4-60. Pennell rigged)Lug and Squid Cocktails is agood way to go Buying Peeler can be expensive if you dont collect your own..But can get V good results.Elastic thread ia must as said,and change,or at least keep adding to the bait,as they use thier sense of smell to locate it.Fish Rough ground with plenty of Tide and you should do OK.
Uptideing everytime for me Lighter Rods and Grip leads make for better sport.Always Use a Shockleader!Safer,and better at takeing abrasion..
Unless of course your over a Wreck fishing.
BEST advice for a couple of Quid..Go out and buy a copy of 'Sea Anger magazine',it'll give you all the info you need at this time of year,and show you how to make your own terminal gear..more fun and alot cheaper,and in my experiance ALOT better.
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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
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Thanks for all the info and advice, AJ's coming down tomorrow so we will give it a go
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