WINTER
COD FISHING

Winter jigging in the Northeast is all about Cod! Here on Cape Cod (Hogy HQ) the runs are a little shorter in the winter but still pretty far. Let's review some of our favorite methods and tackle for targeting winter groundfish from Massachusetts to New Jersey.

DEEP WATER - FAST CURRENT COD

Winter jigging in the Northeast is all about Cod! Here on Cape Cod (Hogy HQ) the runs are a little shorter in the winter but still pretty far. The preferred method to fish cod is on a Party Boat. On Cape Cod, the Helen H Deep Sea Fishing takes anglers east of Chatham sometimes all the way to George’s Bank. East of Cape Cod, in the deeper water (up to 300’) with strong current’s you’ll need a 16oz cod jig to get down there.
 
I like to pair my Uber Diamond jig with the Hogy Drop Shot rig tipped with a 9 or 10” Soft bait that imitates the sea herring and pollock that are in the area. The larger teaser also increases your visibility and commotion without added cumbersome weight. Here’s a video filmed east of Chatham. - Capt. Mike

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SLOW PITCH COD

The Rhode Island fleet (Island Current Fishing Fleet and Seven B's V Fishing) and boats in New York include (Marilyn Jean V, Ocean Eagle V in Brooklyn and Island Current in the Bronx) target cod south of Martha's Vineyard in about 130’ of water so you can get by with lighter cod jigs, such as our 8.5oz Hogy Slow Pitch Sand eel jig. I like to lead mine with the Hogy Diesel Mack rig. The cod in this area can often feed on small crabs and the smaller teasers are often the ticket.
 
The Hogy Diesel Mack rig has crystal flash added (increasing visibility) and strong heavy-duty live bait hooks that are plenty strong for cod to 50+ lbs. Here’s a video we filmed on Coxe’s Ledge (a popular destination for the cod fleet and tuna anglers alike off Block Island) I have less personal experience out of New Jersey but I know The Voyager out of Pt. Pleasant fishes this same area and that any cod in less than 200’ of water. Here’s a video we filmed in this area last summer. - Capt. Mike

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Customer Testimonials

SAND EEL JIGS

"I've been fishing cod and haddock for over 40 years. I don't believe I've ever used s more effective jig when there are sand eels present. It's a perfect" match the hatch" Bait and they are all over it. These were deadly last year and so far this year they are even better. Thanks for a great bait."

Kent G.   -   24 MAY 2018

HD DROP SHOT RIG

"Great for cod and haddock. I use a plastic on the teaser and sinker or heavy jig on the bottom snap swivel."

Louis G.   -   4 APRIL 2018

UBER DIAMOND COD JIG

"I have used Hogys Uber Diamond Jig in the past and they are killer on the Codfish here in R.I.

I Had to order up 20 more for the summer Codfishing"

Fred B   -   20 APRIL 2018

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