While any weekend angler can thread a skimmer clam on a hook, serious cod fishermen often choose jigs for their lures. The principle of jigging is simple: to imitate a larger fish like mackerel chasing a smaller bait fish. Your jig represents the mackerel and your teaser represents the bait. Cod have a hard time resisting this set-up, and jigging often yields more cod than bait alone. Make your own cod fish jig and you'll soon understand why so many anglers swear by them. There really are a lot of fish in the sea.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Rebar, 1 inch diameter
- 2 split rings, size 10
- Treble hook, size 10/0 or 12/0
- Metallic paint
Saw your rebar to the desired length; 12 inches works well. If you choose to make smaller cod jigs, be aware you need at least a pound and a half of weight in order to drop it 250 feet. The deeper you want to sink it, the more the jig has to weigh.
Crimp each end of the rebar with a vice.
Drill a 1/4 inch hole in each crimped end of your rebar.
Attach a split ring to each hole.
Attach a large treble hook to one split ring. Tie your bait to the other -- salmon belly strip or halibut skin work well. Trick it out with a feathered teaser, hoochie skirt or prawn scent if you like.
Paint the pipe with metallic paint. Some anglers also choose to add hologram stickers to represent fish eyes. Let it dry overnight. Tie your line on.
Tips and warnings
- Re-purpose old lawn chairs, wheelchairs, golf clubs or bicycle handlebars instead of purchasing rebar. Fill them with molten lead if you need more weight.
- Wrap aluminium foil around the pipe and secure it with wire as an alternative to metallic paint. You might choose to just let the pipe rust if you're going to fish in deep waters where little light gets through.
- Wear safety glasses when drilling.
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