Northeast - COD/Jigs or Bait

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03-06-2010, 05:13 PM
With the upcoming opening of Cod season whats ur go to jig or bait. What oz do u like best on the bank and off.

Raider Ron
03-06-2010, 06:10 PM
Jig !
My favorite / most productive jig, home made pipe jigs filled with lead.

Legal Bill
03-07-2010, 05:53 AM
On The Water magazine had an article on this subject a couple of months ago. They claim the nod goes to jigs. They also say that bait will get hit by dog fish more than jigs, so if you have dogs in the area, the jigs may be your only real option.

When I was a kid, my dad and I used sea worms with great success. But I know from experience that if dogs were in the area, that was about all you were going to catch. I have no idea if jigs would avoid dogs as we never used them.

03-07-2010, 06:18 AM
From a fishing trip last year, found jigging to be more productive than clams.

What did well also was a high low rig with clams and bucktail teaser hooks. Try a variety of baits and tactics to find out what works best for you.

03-07-2010, 07:51 AM
raider Ron how you make your how jigs??

for me last year at the nwc jigs did very well but you still catch some dogs if they are very thick

03-07-2010, 08:13 AM
I have cod fished the waters off NH for the last 15 yrs, usually 15 to 20 miles out. We fish jigs only, unless the my wife is with us fishing for haddock. Every year the pattern has been different even using jigs. Some years crippled herring jigs worked the best. That has not been true since the Mid Water Trawlers have decimated the herring stocks. The last couple of years we have found that a jig, doesn't matter what kind, with a 3" swimming rubber shad used as a teaser, approx 2' above the jig, has outproduced all other combinations. We think this is because the cod have been feeding on small whiting that look very much like the teaser. Like they say you need to 'match the hatch'.

Irish Jig 78
03-07-2010, 09:03 AM
I've been fishing the gulf of Maine for the past 20 years for groundfish, 99% of the time I used the standard cod jigs in 12-16oz sizes, depending on weather cond's. I fished 15 of those years on charterboats.

Last year I started using the Butterfly jigs. I fished amongst some great fisherman and consistently outfished them 2:1 and sometimes 3:1. I fished last year from 4/1 to 10/30 and never once used a traditional cod jig since the butterfly worked so well. Even on the haddock I had far better results jigging than in years past.

Only downside is with the haddock. The Butterfly jigs I used were rigged w/ 1 or 2 stinger hooks and because of the low stretch braided line I lost alot of haddock on the way up and boatside. This can be reduced by a longer shock leader...50# and about 30' long.

Hot color last and purple for the haddock!

Don't use a teaser with the butterfly jig, it affects the action.

Lastly, on my sitinger hooks, I make them custon out of 40# Mamoi Mono. My shock leader is 50# and my braid is 65#. I make my own stinger hooks so I can fish in close to the nets when I need to, if I get caught all I lose is a $1.00 hook as oppsed to a $25.00 complete jig set-up...the hook @ the 40# test will usually break first.And using this system you can usually get away with a lighter jig since they are less resistant...I typically fish 6oz-9.5oz.

Good Luck and Tight Lines!

PS: Cod Season now opens April 15th!!

03-07-2010, 05:12 PM
Irish Jig ! the you use conv. or spin. road ?


On The Edge 1
03-07-2010, 05:34 PM
Honestly it depends one were you are what time of year it is and what you are targeting. I go out ready for anything bait, jigs of different sizes and styles and teasers of different types and colors. I was out today doing a shake down criuse with some friends and did a little bottom bouncing looking for haddock with jigs. Found the mother load of cod in a small comm fleet with doubbles comming over the rails for all 6 guys. After 3 drops and more then 2 dozen 8 to 10 lb cod we said good bye to go look for some haddock but never found them. it was nice to feel the pull of a fish again, it has been a long winter. Yes all the cod went back after a few pics.

In Early spring before the dogs move in bait can somtimes out fish jigs particularly for haddock. Jigs tend to bring bigger fish but when the ground fish are chewing bait can be hard to beat and its alot less work.

Last season on the SW corner the haddock were lock and load for 3 weeks in May and every time i fish them bait outfished jigs. On one trip i ended up giving a buddy boat that was out there with nothing but jigs a few baggies of clams because he had limited out on cod with the jigs around middle bank but when i called him in on the Haddock bite he could not buy a Haddock with a jig no matter the size or type. He put the bait on and it was instant lock and load till his arms were falling off.

Point is be prepared..

03-08-2010, 04:55 AM
GOM cod season opens 4/16/2010

03-08-2010, 05:42 AM
Cant wait. I hear the haddock are already pretty thick

03-08-2010, 07:32 AM
I use both but if the dogs are nearby your bait will not even find bottom.

03-08-2010, 04:25 PM
thx for all the replies. Im just going to bring a little bit of everything to be prepaired. Just wondering do you guys know where to buy bait cheaper for bulk.

Irish Jig 78
03-08-2010, 07:13 PM

Shimano Trevala 5'8" XXH (Conventional)
Daiwa Saltist 2-Speed Reel (3:1/6:1)
Power Pro: 65#

03-09-2010, 02:24 PM

Shimano Trevala 5'8" XXH (Conventional)
Daiwa Saltist 2-Speed Reel (3:1/6:1)
Power Pro: 65#

Wow thats a very nice but very exspensive set up. Seems like over kill for Cod and Haddock esp the pole being rated for 80-100# braid(unless I was looking at wrong pole).

Irish Jig 78
03-09-2010, 07:22 PM
Wow thats a very nice but very exspensive set up. Seems like over kill for Cod and Haddock esp the pole being rated for 80-100# braid(unless I was looking at wrong pole).
I love the set-up, the only downside is that I wish Shimano made a 6'6" in the XXH...but unfortunately they do not. Overkill....I personally don't think so. If you're familiar with the rods they're light as can be, I would rather this rod than any Traditional 7' Lami Jigging Stick w/ an oversized Penn Squidder and dacron. Jigging for 8 hours w/ one hand and a 12 oz jig is bitter sweet...theres alot to be said for it.

As for the price, rigged complete w/ line, about $500.00
I have friends that will drop that on a weekend at the local pub.

True fisherman can never put a price tag on enjoyment!

~Tight Lines All

PS: Not to mention if there are small BFT around, a change of the leader and you're ready to go!

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