My boat fishing on Øresund the last month, has been the best cod fishing I´ve experienced. The sizes of the fish haven´t been spectacular, but so has the quantity of fish. I am totally new to small boat fishing, but here are my experiences so far, together with some video of, when I hit a shoal of hungry cod hard.
It is an hour before sunset. Attention is at it highest, as we drift over our favorite spot for the third time. My blue 60 gram pilk on a rig with two red squids, are dancing in the darkness 12 meter under the boat. I feel a small tap, and in the next second a hard hit. A 2 kg cod has went for the squid, and I start to haul in. Now it is my friend´s turn. He raises his bending rod. A cod has taken his pink pilk. Øresund delivers again.
Double hookups are not happening every day, but over the last month, I´ve tried it a good handful of times. Now, I am far from an experienced boat angler. In fact, I´ve only started doing this kind of fishing August last year. So if I can do it, then anyone can.
Boat and favorite spots
The boat I have been fishing from is my Fishing Crew “Fiskeduserne´s” 14 ft. Quiksilver boat with a 25` Mercury engine. I´ve had seven trips and all of them has been going out from Fiskerihavnen, and I´ve fished within a three kilometer distance from there.
I have found all my favorite spots by simply sailing out, shutting down the engine, and just drifting my way, until I ´ve had a bite. Often the fish will be standing alone, but sometimes I have run into a giant shoal, and had great fishing for hours after that. When I´ve hit more than one bite in a few minutes, I have mapped the spot, and drifted over it again, to pick more fish from the shoal. This have worked well.
Gear, tackle and method
I have fished over 7-14 meters of water, and pretty much used the same setup at all times. An 8 ft. rod, a Daiwa Legalis reel and some braided line. I have only used 60-80 gram pirks in red, blue and purple colors. They have been used on a Sabiki rig with two-three squids in red colors. Some days they have went mostly for the squids. Other days the pirks.
The method is simple. As the boat is drifting, then I don´t need to use energy on reeling in to, if I want to cover a lot of water . I just cast out, let the rig drop to the bottom, and start pilking up and down. Sooner or later then I will bump into a fish.
I have put the drag pretty hard, so if a big cod bites, then it wont be able to go directly to the bottom and get stuck. Until now, I have caught fish up to three kg, but eventually I will undoubtedly bump into something bigger, so I better be prepared.