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I see there are a lot of guys here who frequently fish the Helen-H. I'm heading up to Mass to fish on the Helen-H on Good Friday and need some advice on what to bring and what type of rigs to tie before I go (what lb test leader material....). If someone could - please list 5 or so jigs that I should have, 5 - 10 must have teasers. I read on this board that blue is a good color - what type of blue teaser? Is braided line the way to go on these trips? Do you need a shock leader before your rig when fishing from a partyboat for cod ? How high up off the bottom for the teaser and can it be put right on the dropper loop or should you attach it via a length of leader materail? What about the double teaser rig w/sinker ? What about tipping the teasers with some sort of bait ?
What about lightsticks and glo-squids and if so What size sticks and glo-squids?
What length teasers?

7' or 8' rods?
I also found a great deal on a SEEKER BA 50 rod. Could I bring this as a second rod for this trip?

Another really important question I have is what type of hooks for my teaser and jigs?

Any help will be greatly appreciated ?

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I prefer crippled herring jigs (10-20 0z.) and diamond jigs of the same weight. The viking jigs work but they do not cut through the current as well as the others because of the bent and fluted shape. They also come with giant treble hooks which will snag the bottom if you are not that familiar with this type of fishing. I like dark blue/purple twister tails and shrimp teasers that look similar to the old salty dog lure. Blue has caught hundreds of cod and pollock for me on these trips. Tim Coleman of ************* once wrote that color tests in deep water have shown that blue holds its hue better than any other color. My experience with blue has proven to me that it is the best. I have caught fish on white, yellow, green, red, pink and other funky colors including one that is almost clear. I guess it doesn't appear clear to the fish. Sometimes when the teaser is outfishing the jig by a wide margin I will use a twenty ounce bank sinker with two teasers rigged on dropper loops. Sometimes its double headers all day long. One thing I learned is to use the best hooks you can find. The Gamakatsu octopus style in sizes 6/0 to 8/0 are great hooks that are super super sharp. This makes a difference when trying to stick a fish in deep water. Since using these hooks exclusively I've found that I do no lose many fish at all compared to those using regulare mustad or beak hooks. Don't use bait on the jigs or teasers. Learn how to make the jig dance properly by watching those who are catching. The bait interferes with the proper jig motion. Now go give 'em ****.
 

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Thanks for the help. But maybe a few more answers while I have all this cod knowledge available.

What about the rig itself? What pound mono and can you put the teaser right on a dropper and if so what size dropper?

What size plastics and do you have a favorite?

What about braid and connecting the braid to the leader? Can you use a 7' rod on the Helen H?

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Tie a 4 foot length of 60# test mono to your running line with a large barrel swivel. I use this heavy leader because you sometime catch double headers and two big cod or pollock bounce around pretty good you when first hooked and this will prevent them form ripping apart your rig and losing one or both fish. Tie the jig to the end of the leader and tie a drooper loop about 2 feet up from that for the teaser (four inch loop). If you really want to look like a pro open the eye of the hook (8/0 Gamakatsu) and put on a small ball bearing swivel. A good fish will bounce and twist and this prevents him from making a mess of your rig and may prevent him from twisting the hook free. It is a pain in the neck to do this because the Gamakatsu hooks are very tough and not easy to open the eye. I use 40# Ande pink mono as my line of choice and it has never failed me yet including a 45# striper. Very abrasion resistant as well. Most sharpies use braids for good reason. I am superstitious and do not change what works for me. All plastic teasers work (curly tails, jelly worms, plastic shrimp, B-2 squids) but I prefer the thin worms and shrimp. They have less drag in the current and allow you to stay closer to the bottom with less effort. Use the lightest jig or sinker you can get away with (10-16 oz. if possible. You will get less tired this way and it seems to catch more fish. If you fish the sides of the boat like I do cast directly away from the boat if you are facing the tide (your line going under the boat). When your line goes straight up and down you will likely catch a fish. When the line goes under the boat reel up and start over. It is a lot of work but it works like ****. My favorite teaser is a 4 inch blue shrimp and it always seems to outfish the rest. Ask your tackle dealer if he has any as I do not know the name of it. Purple curly tails are killers also. All colors will work if fished properly. Your Seeker rod is good but I like a longer rod. I can cover more ground that way on the jig stroke. Except for catching cod talking about catching cod is my favorite thing. Fisherman a psychos about their sport and I am no different.
 
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