With the new jigging rod technology and new ling cod jigs made specifically for lingcod fishing it is much more sporting and enjoyable to fish for rockfish. The new light weight rods and light spectra line makes for a fun day of fishing for rockfish and ling cod. The new Japanese style short stiff rods for this style fishing work great! Find a nice rockpile or pinnacle and set up to drift over it. Let your jig sink to the bottom and lift up and down . With ling cod you will feel a violent strike and often times they will hit your lure as it is falling as we’ll as you are lifting. it is a lot more fun fishing with ling cod jigs instead of live bait. Check out our shop lures page to order some lingcod jigs and get hooked up!
Some people swear by the jig and fish nothing but the jig! If bait is readily available ling cod will devour the right bait. I like to use big greenback mackeral, sand dabs, sardines, and live squid when available. It’s great if you have live bait available but in the winter months when lingcod fishing is best a lot of bait barges are closed and making your own bait can take a lot of time. This is when you break out your best ling cod jigs and ling cod lures. There are many types of jigs out there that have worked for decades like diamond jigs but ling cod lures have come along way in recent years with really life like lures and jigs that will draw a strike from even the shyest lingcod. Check out some off the newer style octopus jigs, check them out on our “lingcod jigs” page