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#1 rpifishing

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Posted December 17 2009 - 1:10 AM

Hi guys, I'm thinking about going on the Helen H on the 27th for the limited georges bank trip. I'm wondering if any of you guys know how they've been doing, and if you guys have any tips for a cod newbie?

I hear that they mainly jig for the cod, and I've never jigged for cod before. I have a 9' moderate action loomis mooching rod rated for 1-6 oz, as well as my 7'6" JAWS custom acid wrapped rods (9-14 ounces, 40lb+ dead lift). Which one do you think would be better? The loomis is a lot lighter than my jigging rod. What kind of jigs should I bring? Thanks in advance to all you sharpies for taking the time to toss some knowledge to this noob

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Posted December 17 2009 - 9:11 AM

fished on the Helen H two weeks ago, absolutly crushed the fish. Lots of small ones but double were the norm. The fish were feeding on sand eels heavy. The captain said no bait due to some local dog fish, good luck will look for the teaser and post a picture later for ya, say Hi to Walt,Mat and Captain Joe

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Posted December 17 2009 - 9:38 AM

If you're lucky, you might even encounter a porbeagle shark - although good luck landing that if one hits a cod while you're reeling in

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Posted December 17 2009 - 8:06 PM


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fished on the Helen H two weeks ago, absolutly crushed the fish. Lots of small ones but double were the norm. The fish were feeding on sand eels heavy. The captain said no bait due to some local dog fish, good luck will look for the teaser and post a picture later for ya, say Hi to Walt,Mat and Captain Joe






Thanks for the report, codfish. What kind of jigs were you using? Did the whole boat limit out on their 10 cod each? I want to bring my friend along (she's just gotten into fishing), and am wondering if she can get away with using a lighter jig + 30lb spiderwire or 20lb powerpro. Codfish don't fight too hard, so I'm hoping she can still manage with some light gear that doesn't tire her out.

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Posted December 18 2009 - 8:07 AM


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Thanks for the report, codfish. What kind of jigs were you using? Did the whole boat limit out on their 10 cod each? I want to bring my friend along (she's just gotten into fishing), and am wondering if she can get away with using a lighter jig + 30lb spiderwire or 20lb powerpro. Codfish don't fight too hard, so I'm hoping she can still manage with some light gear that doesn't tire her out.





I took a lady friend out on the H last year. She has a problem with iorn defficency. So all the cranking of the handle was not going to happen. So she picked up an electric reel. She was able to keep up with the rest of us. At the end she had a cooler full and was very happy. The next morning she was very happy but sore. She watched me battle a porbeagle to the boat but we last it.
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Posted December 18 2009 - 12:13 PM


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I took a lady friend out on the H last year. She has a problem with iorn defficency. So all the cranking of the handle was not going to happen. So she picked up an electric reel. She was able to keep up with the rest of us. At the end she had a cooler full and was very happy. The next morning she was very happy but sore. She watched me battle a porbeagle to the boat but we last it.





That sounds sweet, but my lady friend is kinda new to fishing (first time she's fished was last weekend for blackfish), and I'll be providing all the tackle. Can't justify shelling out $400 for a powered reel that I'd probably never use myself.

I'm still wondering what shapes and sizes of jigs I should use to squid with, and if there's any other techniques that will let my lady friend use even lighter jigs.

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Posted December 18 2009 - 3:35 PM

Try those Norwegien jigs - size depends on the current (possibly 20 oz or more)...they typically drift fish and depts can vary quite a bit

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Posted December 18 2009 - 6:33 PM

the day I fished the boat was quite light in numbers only 17. I was using 9oz jigs with no problem. Goodluck

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Posted December 18 2009 - 6:44 PM

Lavjigs have always produced well for me. Pink teaser (although that will vary by trip).

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Posted December 18 2009 - 7:13 PM

Can you plug in an electramate on the Helen-H?

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Posted December 19 2009 - 12:26 PM

A guy came into the shop the other day and said he was on HH a week ago and ended up catching a 200 lb yellow fin on a cod jig and cod rod... over an hour fight!
There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot

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Posted December 19 2009 - 12:28 PM

Yellowfin tuna???


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