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Does anybody know a place to buy some quality jigs in the 17 - 24 oz range in the New England area? Any quantity discounts? Also, what jigs work best for you on cod, ex: squid shape, swedish shape, diamond jigs, truck door handles, etc. Also, chromed, dull lead, painted and which color if painted, hammered chrome, etc. I'd heard, a couple of hundred feet down its movement, over color or shape.
thx for any feedback in advance!
02-04-2010, 08:28 PM
does anybody know a place to buy some quality jigs in the 17 - 24 oz range in the new england area? Any quantity discounts? Also, what jigs work best for you on cod, ex: Squid shape, swedish shape, diamond jigs, truck door handles, etc. Also, chromed, dull lead, painted and which color if painted, hammered chrome, etc. I'd heard, a couple of hundred feet down its movement, over color or shape.
Thx for any feedback in advance!industrial marine-new england fishing gear,portsmouth circle nh.no sales tax ,and -5% cash,good deal
fresh fishgood deal
chic n c
02-04-2010, 11:34 PM
i was at kittery trading post last week and salesman talked me out of buying jigs;?...he told me come back in early march for their buy 3 get 1 free on all lures. Their 18 oz norweigan jigs were $12.99 so you could get 4 for $39 or under $10 a piece . i think their 21 oz ones were like $17.99. keep an eye on their website for the sale , they also had some nice butterfly jigs. if you end up checking new england marine supply let me know if they are cheaper:thumbsup:
02-05-2010, 04:08 AM
chic n c,
I looked at comparable 26 oz Solvkroken Norwegian Traditional Jigs at both Kittery Trading Post and Industrial marine-new england fishing gear (both online). Kittery is $22.99 and cash price at Industrial Marine is 20.99. This is without the sale price you mentioned next month of buy 3 get 1 free. Kitter Trading also offers free shipping over $75.00. Since I may have to do a road trip to Kittery for a couple of charts in March anyway, I'll wait to see if they have that sale, then but a few 18's, a few 21's and a few 26's there, as Industrial Marine's site read cash price, and I'll probably go Amex. In any case, both stores have to be very close to each other as Kittery abuts Portsmouth.
Thx all for the input. Maybe we'll get some additional choices. I may talk to a couple of local buddies, and if amongst us we can buy a qty equal to 25 or better, look for qty pricing.
02-05-2010, 05:37 AM
Try using a smaller sized jig, a 8-12oz(99) or a 40b these will produce the best return on codfish and then if there are some Haddock in the same area you will have a good chance of grabbing a few of them too. I believe that if go out and bang (17-21oz) jigs on the bottom then you have just destroyed any chance of making the same drift over again and catching what was missed the fiirst time around, all you are doing is scattering whatever was there. The larger jigs were produced to catch fish in the hard currents of Georges banks shallow water rips and up on Cashes Ledge. But that is my opinion(I run a party boat) I am used to having 40-50 jigs flying at once and I believe all that lead hitting the botton at once makes a huge difference...Myself I use a 9oz norwegian or a 8oz diamond single eel hook with 65lb "spider wire" with a top shot of 65lb "andie"mono, with a 6.5' Shimano Tallus in shore jigging series and a Penn Jigmaster. Landed three 40+lb codfish last season no problem..
02-05-2010, 06:20 AM
The Kittery deal is a good one if they do it again. I bought a couple dozen of the 17.5 oz for the boat last year and they came out to about $10 apiece plus tax. They charged the same price for any size jig (9-17.5oz).
New England Marine & Industrial in Portsmouth, NH is where I buy most of my jigs during the season if I need more. Dont go by the online price as they also give you a discount for buying in quantity (6 per box), discount for cash(or check), and no sales tax. You drive right by the store on your way to KTP so it is worth checking out.
Do you really want to have to move a 26oz jig for 8 hours...I have jigged fish all my life and I dont even like using 21oz unless the tide is screaming and I cant motor drift slow enough. My go to size is 17.5 oz but often when fishing shallow water up on the bank (and the tide is not ripping) I will drop down to 9.5 oz. If you know how to tend bottom and cast you can get away with lighter jigs. I only drift fish on my charter boat, so often customers who are new to jigging need to start with the extra weight to get a feel for the techinique.
When the gillnetters come out in force in June and the cod are in the nets I use some homemade 16 oz norweigian style jigs as the nets manange to eat quite a few.
New England Marine & Industrial in Portsmouth NH has a great jig section.
There web site only shows a few of them but they have all kinds in stock.
02-05-2010, 12:24 PM
Check out seawolfe, www.seawolfetackle.com (http://www.seawolfetackle.com)? Great jigs, great price. Work just as well as the S/S Solvkroken jigs I have as I have both and both work equally good, just that the seawolfe stuff costs a lot less.
I have a nifty collection of the 14, 16, and 20 oz. Norwejian Jigs. I also like their worm-teasers as most fish we catch end up on the teaser if they are singles, they come in pink then I buy either white or chartruese replacement worms from Wal Mart for when they get beat up.
02-05-2010, 01:41 PM
I've got a collection of those Sea Wolfe's and haven't caught a thing with them. Even Codfisher who loves to jig laughed at them. Just ask him what I caught my whale on? :grin:
What's the secret to using them?
02-05-2010, 03:00 PM
Now, I've only been fishing for Cod about 4 seasons now but this first pic was on my first drop this past October while I was out with my wife, it was a 26" haddock on what looks like to be a 16oz Seawolfe Norwejian Jig;
As I don't have any of the jigs in the following pics, one is going to have to take my word for it that they work as they are all we use, and like I said, most of the time, the fish hit the teaser though we do get doubles;
Home before they get filleted;
All those fish hit those jigs. I have to think, that when it comes down to it, it is the jigger and not really the jig as all it is is a piece of metal just fluttering/bouncing up and down, dumb fish!
People can pay what they want, I know the seawolfe Norwegian jigs are made up the way from me in Londonderry NH, and are the lowest price jigs that I know of, and they work. I lose one and I don't sweat it, but then again, out where I/we fish, they don't get lost much.
I have tried the cod bombs and cod killah's and they work too, got my first cusk this past fall using a cod killah, funny looking squid-thing.
Oh wait, pictures are worth the 1,000 words aren't they?, my buddies Dad on his first drop, a doubleheader;
A lot of very good feedback here. Thx. I usually stay around Jeffries in my own boat, and will probably do more E of the Isle of Shoals, but my boss' boat is much more seaworthy and he usually fishes the deep end of Stellwaggen, He may move up from his 37' this spring, but he told me they are always in the 250 plus range slinging 20+ ounces. He also catches big cod, so I thought I'd better have some bigger iron when I go out with him, as I'm pushing him to consider George's. Personally 17 oz work well for me, as it seems there are often more strong currents than not, but I really like Corona Night's feedback. I have those smaller jigs in my boxes, but honestly have only used them for stripers.
Its not the jigging that bothers me much, but bringing up big fish from 250' with a 2 lb jig in their mouths (when they don't foul themselves)! I use a belt sometimes, but it works better with a 5' 6" fighting rod than a big 8' Ugly Stick jigging pole.
Good stuff here! Thx
02-06-2010, 06:14 PM
Guys, make your own! Take two pieces of 1/2 " angle iron, cut about 11" long. File one end down skinny. Out the two halves in a vise, put a coat hanger down the middle and pour hot lead. Once you cloan all the sprues and defects off with a wire wheel, paint with silver bumpa chrome paint. Once you get in the swing, you can pound out a dozen of these in no time. I cnat imagine losing 3 or more 12$ jigs a day to a wreck or gill net. It would take the profit or fun out of your day.
02-07-2010, 08:42 AM
I was talking about their "cod killer" jig. The Norwegian stainless steel jigs are the ones I normally go to till I get bored then I swap it out to some green long lead thing I got at KTP that Codfisher usually laughs at or move to my bait rod and use clams or shrimp and really get him fired up unless the dogs are out.:trout:
I always use a gimble belt as it takes away the twisting action while cranking up. A two speed works well also for the larger fish. Nothing longer than 6-6 rods for me thank you. I have a nice custom cod rod I've used once, I hate it. I'll stick with my St. Croix's and my trusty Cape Fear.
02-07-2010, 02:24 PM
i agree with corona nights. for me this past year up on jeffries the best jig was the shimano butterfly, 8oz i think. it produced 2-3x what the norweigan's were producing on my boat. cod, haddock, pollock, wolf, they all loved it. a key component though was that we used the spider wire also. the combo was a killer even up to 250'. smaller seemed to be better, at least for us.
02-07-2010, 03:31 PM
I too make my own. After many years of codfishing I can say that Norweigan jigs (or any other jigs) will not outfish a 6-7" length of electrical emt conduit filled with lead. Once I have the materials I can make a half dozen jigs in an hour or two.
I cut a length of about 3 feet of tubing. Then I pour molten lead into the tube. I use a torch on the tube to keep it hot enough that the lead does not harden while being poured into the tube. Once the tube is full of lead I let it cool, then cut it diagnally into 6 or so pieces. Then I drill a hole in each end of each piece. In one end goes a plit ring and a 10/0 treble. The other end is left for a teaser rig with an offshore swivel.
Maybe 1-2 dollars to make one.
Last year, on a cod trip I thought I might be over a school of pollack on the bank so I dropped the jig on my 4/0 senator (the most rusty jig I had in the box (it was easiest grab in a hurry). About 20-30 minutes later I had a 48" bluefin in the boat.
How shiny they are also seem to matter little if at all. I find norweigan jigs to be wayyy too expensive, with no benefit over the conduit. Although I will buy one or two from time to time when I can't find the time to make my own. If I lose one of my own, no sweat! That's what nice about making'em. I don't lose too many on the bank but I lose many when fishing inshore.
02-08-2010, 06:56 AM
When the tide runs light I try to go as light as possible....especially with the 65# braid....allows you to drop jigs like this straight down. However the line tends to scope out quicker so I reset quite a bit....
02-08-2010, 07:14 AM
Depending on when you go, watch the hours at New England Marine. When they go back to being open on Saturdays in March, they close at noon.
02-08-2010, 02:29 PM
Over the years, I've bought plenty of cod jigs from jigsrigsandstuff dot com & just primed & painted them white, with results generally at least as good as the pricey chrome jigs. Some days they lust for chrome though. Prices there used to be really cheap, but still not bad at all.
Or, you can just pour lead into SS tubing , cut diagonally to desired length/weight, drill a hole on each end & add swivels and treble or single bucktail w/ split rings.
Knife jigs tend bottom pretty nicely with less weight too.
02-14-2010, 09:39 PM
I just signed up on this Board. I fish out of Eastmans about 10 Charters a year. I also work In Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn N.Y. This year I will be on the Brooklyn VI, 110' Supercruser with 3600 HP. I did see that people are looking for tackle, when I find the proper place I will post SS Jigs 4 sale that are real & imitation. Sand Eel Tubes & Surgical Tubes with #8/0 4X Hooks in assorted colors some with Bead Chain & some with 230# swivels.
So watch when I post in the proper place. I will try to post pictures of each.
02-15-2010, 03:41 AM
After reading this thread yesterday, I contacted mike and invited him to join us .
I met him about 4rs ago on another site and have fished with him dozens of times since.I consider him a good friend and an excelent source of knowledge. His products are first rate and well proven .
I live in N.J. and it is a PIA to find most of the items that make cod fishing more enjoyable.
On a recent cod trip on the viking Star in Montauk, He showed me his S.S. imitations ,I could only tell them apart by the laser etching
02-19-2010, 07:14 PM
Try calling them see if they will give you a deal on a larger number cost.