Tips for Catching the Big Massachusetts Cod

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“Fishing  is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.” –Herbert Hoover

Catching a huge Massachusetts cod delivers an inimitable feeling of accomplishment and freedom. Catching this big, elusive fish is often easier said than done; a cod can range anywhere from ten to sixty pounds, with some even being over 200 pounds!

Bait is subjective, and many of us anglers are stubborn when we find something that works. This breeds a lot of conflicting information online and in conversations. Ask one experienced angler for a few options to try, or give us a call for help. Nobody needs to decide for you though, keep with the trial-and-error until you find bait that you love. Because of the cod’s feeding style, many anglers opt for crabs, worms, and clams.

If you’re going after the big cod, remember that they’re bottom feeders. The size of the fish, coupled with fast waves and tides, calls for a five to eight foot, heavy-duty rod, with 50lb. line.

Time of year is crucial, as cod migrate inshore during winter for breeding season. Winter fishing brings cod in about three to five miles from the shore. If you want to catch the big ones, throw on some winter gear because this will definitely improve your chances for success.

Finally, the major factor to your success is your location. If you’re fishing on your own, you want to make sure you’re in a highly populated area. When you’re with us, you don’t have to focus on this part; we know the best places to fish in the Massachusetts Bay!


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