With Spring somewhere in the near future anglers are getting anxious for the upcoming deep sea fishing season. Early to mid spring is spawning season for haddock as well as cod and fishermen flock to the coast in hope of catching fresh fish for family and friends.
Look for the haddock around mid April and the inshore cod around mid May to mid June. light stiff tipped rods such as the Ugly stick Tiger, small fast retrieve reels such as a Daiwa 40 Saltiga loaded with braid line are the ticket over the old fashioned and heavy meat sticks with their Penn 4/0 mono loaded reels. Years ago the only alternative to mono was Dacron, which was great for deep water as long as the tide wasn’t a factor because of the drag on the large diameter cloth line. Modern day braid is strong, sensitive
, and ultra thin making it far superior to mono in deep water. I prefer the Power Pro in 50 pound test. I splice on about 50 feet of 40 pound test mono for stretch factors when fighting a fish. This rod, reel, and line combo allows fishermen to feel the bite as well as set the hook when fishing in deep water, (150-450 feet).
I make my own double rigs using 6-0 hooks above the sinker around 12-16 inches apart. For sinkers I like as light as possible,( another reason for the braid line) from 6 0z. up to 16 oz.
For hooks I like the sharp semi-circle Eagle Claw or Owner in 5/0 to 6/0 size.
As haddock are a extreme bottom feeding fish sometimes the Florida style of rig will work. This is a single hook on a 12-18 inch mono leader attached to the mainline with a snap swivel. above the swivel the mainline is run through an egg sinker to allow it to slide. Circle hooks are best. The trick with this rig is to let the fish run with the bait for a short distance before snaping the bail shut to set the hook. Let the fish hook itself with a circle hook, do not yank on it.
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