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So my first 6 months as a sea angler is over and so far ive self taught myself a few things with the help of this forum and have had a summer of fun up Southend Pier with the small bass and Mackerel but its now my understanding that that is coming to an end and it will soon be time for whiteing and codling. This gives me a new problem as i have no idea where to start preparing for this.

So guys im now worried that im going to need new equipment etc so can anyone give me any advise, is it even possible to get them off the pier? if so what sort of rod will i need? bait? etc

any help would be welcomed

thanks in advance

Drewy
 

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Well i may be wrong here mate as im not expert but you dont need no new gear. I use the same 2 rods for everything. You may have to use different rigs but look at the rigs etc up the top of the page.

Bait i just tend to stick to lug in the winter and every winter ive fished i have always caught whiting and codling on lug.


But like i said i may be wrong
 

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Big lug baits, big squid baits and cocktails of both, you will probably need larger hooks, 2/0 and up. Pulley rigs, running leger and 2 hook flappers, as Frosty said look on the rigs section of this site. The main thing is to look for deeper water.
 

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use a pennel rig to hold on your large baits you may also need a little bait elastic to keep it looking smart, try whole squid for bigger cod, you will need large hooks if you do this. best baits in this area for winter will be lug and squid. same rod and reel ect
 

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Just becuase you dont need new tackle you can always go and buy some! Shiney things always make you feel better about your fishing. You wont catch any more than you would have on the old rod or reel but you will get so much pleasure from looking at it!
 

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I might aswell give you my 5 pence also.

In general in the summer you use a 40-50 lb shockleader for your rig body and in the winter you use 60-80 lb. Same goes for you Lead weights increase it in the winter. I myself like to use Grip Spring Wire weights
( i think thats the name for them ) during the winter.

I dont know if you make your own rigs but if you are starting to i would suggest that when you tie a knot with shockleader to a link clip / lead link use a uni-knot 5 turns minimum and tighten with grips and for main line to shockkleader i would use a half hitch and 4-5 turn grinner knot. For snoods / Trace and hooks use a perfection-knot unless you find a 6-8 turn Blood-knot easier.

As Issy said start using bigger Hooks ill use 3/0 upto a 6/0 as cod as small as 2 lb can fit a golf ball in their mouth. I find 3/0 works fine - you can catch a big fish on a small hook but not a small fish on a big hook thats the way i see it.

Rig depends on where and what the area is like really. you would have to check where your fishing and see if its , Rocky or sandy. Pulley rigs works well in rocky areas.

Fresh bait is always the winner you need to try out different baits to see what works. Lug , Rag or Squid try them all and cocktails, even jellies like shanks.

I hope this has helped,
No replies about my spelling i know i write like a drunk spider :laugh:
 

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Not sure what rod and reel your using Drewy ? it might be a light setup if you,ve been fishing off of southend pier for mackies and Garfish .
Generally with Codling and ( Cod 6 lb & up ) you might use a beachcaster or strong pier rod because 6 and 7 oz weights may be needed in the strong tide flow of Thames deep water marks as Issy sudgests you should be fishing. We normally use a pulley or Pulley pennel with 3/0 to 6/0 hooks and squid and lug although last year also had success using squid and mackerel cocktails and king prawn too.
You can bulk up on squid fairly cheaply from some fishmongers or if you,ve got a chest freezer Billingsgate is the cheapest , Good luck:cold:
 

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as mentioned earlier, winter clothing is a must have, especially if you want to catch the codling at night. Transport, codling at Southend? Very unlikely, find somebody who lives in the Southend area who has a car and is happy to split petrol money with you.
Rigs, penell pullys with 3/0 hooks work for me, other people on here will have their favourite rigs so try them and see.
bait is mainly lug and squid and big baits aswell. Dont bother with a single common lugworm, think 6-7 lug. Think like a cod, you have been swimming all day and your hungry do you go for the light snack or the as much as you can bait.
Find a spot where you can reach the fish within your casting distance, forget about the venues where you have to cast 150 yards plus,if you can't cast that far, also remember you have a bigger bait and a heavier weight so casting is going to be reduced.
Finally remember that you are still on a learning curve and you will get reports of umpteen fish being caught while you are blanking, don't worry about it, its happen to all of us.
 

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Finally remember that you are still on a learning curve and you will get reports of umpteen fish being caught while you are blanking, don't worry about it, its happen to all of us.[/QUOTE]

here,f...ing,here,dont i know it, lol
 

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Dude i'll come down and get you when the cods turn up and i'll bring you down to the OJ. Everyone was catching lovely fat coddies off there end of last year/ beginning of this year, your gear will be fine, lug/squid cocktail all the way for me..... I REALLY CANT WAIT FOR THE COD TO TURN UP!!!!!!! how many weeks now boys????????
 

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Yes mate! even if the Coddies arn't biting in Thames there's always Dungie and orford, there's always somebody from here on their way down.
Expect tackle losses at Dungie and good grapnels are required in the tide run.

Plenty of time to prepare! You're getting my juices flowing now, better start doing some more rigs.
 

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I find on walton pier the worst weather with the strong wind to be the best, invest in a floatation suit, its the best 拢60 odd quid you'll ever spend. It could also be worth investing in a d vice to get the squid that few extra yards.:showoff:
 
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