Well, the fishing so far this winter has been spectacular around Block Island, talk of the best in 50 years, a huge body of fish, full coolers and tired shoulders abound. I will be going on a trip this week as soon as work allows, and wanted to throw up a few photos. I'll put some more up later tonight after I complete some of the "honey do" list, but here's a start.
1) My go to rig, an 8 oz diamond jig, and tied 2 feet above a red Sekora trolling tube, I believe size 6/0 hook. This is strictly for squidding....easy to tie and I'm sure has caught countless codfish and pollack from Block Island to Georges Bank. I've also used it with some success on Cashes Ledge trips, but for fishing in around 100 feet of water, this just "feels right"
2) An experimental rig, I picked up a few 6 oz GOLD diamond jigs, same rig as above, also used for squidding.
3) My arsenal of rods I'm bringing, the first is an ugly stick blank, with a Daiwa 50h, rigged with two Gami Octopus hooks, the second is a seeker I believe E-glass blank also rigged with a Daiwa 50H but with mono instead of the yellow power pro, and the third is a Shakespeare blank I picked up from EC , rigged with a Pro Gear 545 reel and 65lb green power pro, and a 30 foot or so mono shock leader, 50lb test spliced in.
AS promised, some more photos, one is a simple dropper loop rig with two gold baitholder hooks, not sure which size as I've had them laying around in a bag, they were the go to codfish hook for me before all these Japanese hooks came around, such as another photo below, same rig except with two Gami Octopus size 5/0 hooks...the fish are not that big, these will do just fine. I also posted a selection of jigs I think are essential, from an AVA87 to an AVA 88, to a DB10 oz hammered, a 9OZ viking jig, and a 10oz lav jig. Don't think heavier than that is necessary. Also I posted a photo of a few teasers, the grub or "bug" on the o'shaugnessy hook has probably caught millions of cod over the years by thousands of anglers. I am bringing a few flies, not sure if they'll work, I've never used them anywhere but the Gulf of Maine.
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