Codfish on pink grub teaser. Photo by Outdoor Tom Enterprises, Inc.
It’s no secret that codfish respond well to teasers tied 12 to 30 inches above a diamond jig or clam bait. What’s really interesting about this is the progression of teasers that have gained favor over the years.
Originally, teaser flies and 5- to 8-inch tubes in red, orange or green were most popular. Jelly worms came along next with the Mann’s 10-inch red model often used for weakfish the star of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. By the mid-1980’s Red Gill Teasers were accounting for plenty of tasty baccala, followed in the 1990’s by large pink curly tailed grubs. The grubs have held on into the new millennium, although they’ve been challenged in recent years soft plastic jerk baits in pink, white and even blue. Currently, Berkley Gulp! grubs and flukes have been leading the charge.
No matter which teaser style you favor, the key to making them work for codfish is to not be set on a single color or style. Switch things up on the tough days. Change from a curly tail to a straight tail, from soft plastic to feathers or even a surgical tube. Experiment with colors, too. While orange, red and pink once ruled the day, chartreuse is now a great choice in discolored water and dark blue or purple performs especially well when cod slide inside 100-foot depths.
Fat Cow’s Jig Strips are a great option that you'll want to try. Available in small and large sizes, plus split tail, skinny tail, forked tail and eel tail versions, you can match anything from sand eels to herring. With their subtle action, bright colors and squid scent, they offer natural movement while possessing both sight and scent appeal. They are also incredibly tough so they’ll stand up to a lot of abuse on the good days.
Suggested Bait: Fat Cow Fishing 5 1/2" Eel Tail Jig Strip