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Codfish? Anybody out?

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With the small window we have been given to land a few Cod I'm just wondering if anyone has been out?

 

I'm eyeballing a day to hit the bank and see if I can grab a few haddock and a Codfish. Has anybody participated in this Fall fishery?

Any Intel is appreciated public or PM :p

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We were out around Jefferys on opening Sunday.

Lots of shorts and dogs around while fishing within the pack of 3 party boats and @ 15 recreational guys.

We made a move to drift over some harder bottom in @ 220-250ft and it was lights out!

Jigs/teaser and bait rigs worked all day.

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Was out this morning off Plymouth fished around the slack but managed our two keepers, on one of the humps not too far off the gurnet, beautiful morning and none of that predicted swell from the hurricane 

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Just now, Two Rock said:

Was out this morning off Plymouth fished around the slack but managed our two keepers, on one of the humps not too far off the gurnet, beautiful morning and none of that predicted swell from the hurricane 

Yes i see a big swell predicted. thanks for the info!

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2 mins ago, TBYRD said:

We were out around Jefferys on opening Sunday.

Lots of shorts and dogs around while fishing within the pack of 3 party boats and @ 15 recreational guys.

We made a move to drift over some harder bottom in @ 220-250ft and it was lights out!

Jigs/teaser and bait rigs worked all day.

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Awesome! Great picture! thanks for the info. i was planning on hitting 200' or so. it has been a while since I've been out there. Sometimes they are much deeper. that helps. THANKS

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With all of the great times I'm having with my 11yr old son offshore fishing, I feel it is my responsibility to preach and teach just a little.

Please practice sustainable bottom fishing practices.

While out on Jefferys fishing amongst the pack of 15-20 boats I saw way too many short cod and haddock floating around due to "barotrama" 

When these fish are brought up from the deep, the small amount of air in their swim bladders drastically expands causing bulging eyes and expelling stomachs out of their mouths.

Although alive and healthy, they are unable to decend back to the bottom with all of this pressure built up inside them.

There are a few methods of helping these future keepers to live on, and possibly become the monsters of tomorrow.

Deflating the swim bladder from the side of the fish, NOT the stomach bulging out of it's mouth, with a hollow needle is acceptable if done precisely.

Without the knowledge and experience of where the exact location for each species should be "vented"  this method may injure more fish than it saves.

 

My favorite way to get these little guys back down is with a decending device.

Whether commercially made or DIY, these simple contraptions hold the fish to a weight which is lowered down and, with a sharp upward jerk of the line, release the fish "re-compressed" back to the environment from where it came.

 

Thanks for doing your part.

Your grandkids will thank you for it. :howdy:

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Hit the NW corner today. Tons of whales and porpoises. Fished on top nothing but dogs, moved to the edge more dogs in 120, moved to 200 more dogs went to 250 then 275 nothing but dogs!!! Chalk it up to a whale watching trip. Lots of draggers up there 

 

 

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I fished East on Sunday.

Tons of dogs, followed by Macks and Whiting that hit or were snagged by the jig.

Fished 80-350' and only shook the dogs at the deepest depths, but even then caught one. just not the one a minute we were seeing in shallower water.

Tally for the day was 2 keeper haddock.

caught 1/2 dozen short cod.

Saw tuna busting and a few whales. Got me ass kicked on a long windy ride home. 

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20 hours ago, alpha baiter said:

. Lots of draggers up there 

 

 

 

What are they dragging for?  How can it be legal to drag in areas where there are cod, but  recreational cod fishermen generally can't keep a fish?

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Hit Jefferies with some friends Sunday and managed to fill the fishbox and coolers with cod,haddock and pollack.  We fished for 3,5 hours until my senior friends had enough fish to bring home.Fall fishing is here!

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On 9/23/2019 at 3:55 PM, Slappy said:

Got out this weekend in the kayak. More shorts than legals, but with a 1 fish limit,  it's easy to limit out. 

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Are you tipping the jig with bait? Looks like maybe some clam or squid?

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I usually tip my jigs with squid or sometimes mackerel strips.  The big cunner definitely hit the baited jigs more than the unbaited jigs, hard to tell with cod because the catch rate doesn't seem to change much.

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