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Basic COD fishing question

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I want to go Cod fishing in Mass on the Helen H soon.
My question is about technique used in setting the hook while jigging and while using bait.
Do you guys set the hook the same way?
I mean, do you swing hard like Blackfishing?
Or no?
I've only caught a handful of Cod in my life, what does the bite of a really big Cod feel like?
Do they hit the jig or bait hard?
Stupid questions I know, but I have nobody in my circle of friends that are good at Cod fishing.
Thank you for your time.
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Thank you for the help.
I have another question if you dont mind.
Your wrote this
Other times they will hit on the up swing and what I do is wait a second before lowering my tip and wait for a bounce or two then lower my rod reeling the slack and give a small quick jerk nothing to hard but enough to stick it
So it's safe to say that I dont need to set the hook all that much?
I mean, set the hook, but dont go nuts.
What are your opinions on the Helen H?
Frome what Ive been reading they do well.
They fish the gulf of maine
{i think}
I was thinking about that 2 day trip around april 1.2008
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I have nothing but stupid questions---

hOPE YOU GUYS DONT MIND BUT i HAVE YET another basic Cod fishing question.
I ordered online a few plastic sqids like the one at the bottom of this post.
How do I rig this thing?
In what direction should the hook go? and can I put it at the bottom of a 16 ounce diamond jig?
Next question is about diamond jigs.
Im using 60 pound braid and am planning on using a diamond jig in Mass.
Do I need a leader? Like mono? or can I attach the diamond jig directly to the braid?
Thank you for all your help.
The ones I ordered DO NOT HAVE THE hooks in them though.
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