Cod are one of the most prized game fish by recreational anglers. They’re also a commercially harvested fish and a highly sought after table fare. Cod can be caught year round using natural baits or artificial lures, although they respond best to live bait. Some of the best bait and lures include tube jigs, diamond jigs, spinners, bucktails, squid, fish and eels.
Cod can be fished using various techniques, including drift fishing, jigging, bottom bounding and deep sea trolling. Even though cod are plentiful in many coastal waters, they’re not always easy to catch. To improve your catch, and increase your odds of landing a whopper, do what the successful anglers do—use a cod rig.
Finding the correct spot and using the right bait are key to landing a cod. Just as important is using the right presentation. Cod fish rigs are used by recreational and commercial anglers to improve catch rate and ensure that bait is presented in the best light possible so a cod fish fish will bite. Below are the top fishing rigs used to target cod fish.