Goldsborough – A Great Mark On Its Day
Again its easier said than done. Best advice is to pick a couple of marks and fish them hard over several seasons. Also keep you ear to the ground in the tackle shops. Often you can pick up information on what marks produce under what conditions. When fishing your chosen marks, give them ago under different conditions, and always keep a record of your results (An angling diary,is your best friend in the early days). Over time a pattern will emerge and you will be able to work out best times and conditions for a selected mark. If you want to read a bit more information on fishing marks, then there are a lot of articles in the marks category of this site.
Day/Night And Conditions
Another major factor in cod angling in the conditions. Make a mental note of this – Cod WILL NOT turn up just anywhere at anytime, they are creatures of habbit. It is your job to crack their code.
Day time cod angling is perhaps the most difficult to crack, especially if the sea is calm and the water is clear. Essentially cod like rough seas and coloured water, its these conditions that provide the food close to shore and the right conditions for them to move in close. For successful daytime fishing you will need to find a mark where you can cast into tidal flow (Easier said than done). Casting is also of importance during daylight and you will often find that those anglers who have a good cast will reach the tide flow and thus catch more fish.
Night Time Cod Fishing
Cod fishing at night is a little easier. The cover of darkness often gives the fish confidence to move closer to shore than they would through the day. Having said this, don’t expect to find an abundance of cod all over the place. Fishing the right marks under the right conditions is still highly important. Thiose anglers who think you can simply turn up on any peir and catch fish are only fooling themselves. Fishing is not that easy, and it never has been despite all the stories you hear about your great uncle alberts cod caught 5 yards out on a handline.
If your lucky enough to get a good swell, coupled with coloured water during the hours of darkness then your chance of finding cod feeding at close range will increase dramatically. Unless your into match fishing, or are scarred of the dark then perhaps you should focuss on nightime fishing during the first few years of shore angling for cod.
Timing, Its All About Timing
How many times have you heard the remark “You should have been here last night” ? Timing is essential in sea angling. Often on our fishing forum we get requests for help in choosing marks. Often anglers want us to tell them where to fish in 2 weeks time. anyone who knows sea angling will tell you its pointless to do this. Fish wait for no man, and you have to be in the right place at the right time to catch them.
So planning your session weeks in advance is pretty pointless. Unless you get extremely lucky it is inevitable the conditions will all be wrong and your session fruitless. The best conditions for shore angling are when there is a decent onshore swell running. On the north east coast this means a swell from either the : North West, North, North East, East Or South East.
There are various weather websites and webcams that will allow you to keep track of the prevailing conditions. However non are very accurate outside of 48 hours, so dont even think about planning your fishing session outside of this timescale. If your interested in keeping an eye on the weather then these sites may be of interst to you :
Magic sea Weed Whitby
Winter Cod Fishing Tackle
You could probably fill a library with information of all the cod fishing tackle, and yet in terms of actually catching fish tackle is probably the least part of the equation. Any decent beach caster and reel will catch you a cod. Im not going to tell you which is best because opinions differ so greatly on this. Im also not going to go into this in too much detail as there is a lot of information on tackle both on the main site and in the fishing forum.
If you choose a rock rod from : Greys, Zziplex, Sonik, Centuary or Conoflex you wont go far wrong. Reels should be of 700-9000 size and again any reel from the main manufacturers will do a job for you : Greays, Abu and penn all offer quality rock fishing multipliers.
In more recent times many anglers have started using long rods of 16 foot in length coupled with thin diameter braids on fixed spool reels. The advantage is said to be greater casting potential (The jury is still out on this school of thought). The long rod debate deserves an article all for itself and this is something we may cover in the coming months.