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    Posted: 23 November 2014 at 10:03pm
Hi Guys and Galls,
Silly question but, can some one let me know what a typical cod bite feels and looks like. Fishing last Saturday I knew when it was dogfish, whiting and bass. We noticed that the rod seemed to be vibrating / bouncing up and down just wandering whether this was cod  and if so when to strike. There was very little weed to produce such a movement. The last time I caught cod was at least 12 years ago. Cheers
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I never strike, but play every bite in hope it's a cod. I always give it abit of line, prob 5-6ft, I do this a couple of times, if there's still intrest I reel into it and keep the pressure on. It then nods a lot which is normally a cod.
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Some Cod bites are violent with the rod tip nodding a couple of times and then slamming over. However they can also bite very gently so there is no hard and fast rule. Congers often mouth the bait and that registers as a trembling at the rod tip.
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Many thanks, I have been a shallow water fisherman for too long. This week we ventured deeper and all normal methods changed. Heavy weights, big hooks and big baits. It was a very different experience and enjoyed it. Looking forward to next trip. Thanks again.
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When you hook up you can normally tell if it is a Cod or Conger by the way it behaves. Cod will violently shake its head whilst a conger will back away with the bait. A Cod will also stay as deep as it can whilst Conger will come to the surface a long way behind the boat.
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Originally posted by snowy snowy wrote:

When you hook up you can normally tell if it is a Cod or Conger by the way it behaves. Cod will violently shake its head whilst a conger will back away with the bait. A Cod will also stay as deep as it can whilst Conger will come to the surface a long way behind the boat.


Congers can get a bit carried away with themselves. I had a large one wind itself off the hook on the surface the other day, and it was so busy rolling that it didn't realise it was free for some time.
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A couple of years back whilst fishing a big tide, i decided to freshen up my bait only to find a 8lb cod sat on the end, i didn't see it bite first nor last!
 Also, rays often move across the tide, dragging the lead along giving a trembling of the rod tip, but to be fair, thats norm after its hooked itself so unless you had the hook point masked with a big bait, i would expect you to of landed it.
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Yes funny that, I have had quite a few cod over the years that I did not know I had hooked (not lately thoughCry) I think that because we where using mainly nylon then the stretch in the line took out some of the more gentle bites.
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Up tideing for cod tend to hook them selves the first you know is a bait that was holding uptide pulls out and runs downtide. Downtiding when I get a good bite I put the kettle on as a cup of tea is the best fish catcher 
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Originally posted by mako kid mako kid wrote:

Up tideing for cod tend to hook them selves the first you know is a bait that was holding uptide pulls out and runs downtide. Downtiding when I get a good bite I put the kettle on as a cup of tea is the best fish catcher 

Ha Ha! yes or a nice hot steaming mug of Tom soup in one hand and a sandwich in the otherLOL
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