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Old 07-06-2004, 07:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've always wondered what the advantages are of using a angerman jig over a slovorkin jig? I have always used Slovorkin jigs but people rave over angermans, I just dont see what is so thrilling over a mat lead jig (although I know that fish are striking at motion not at flash). Before my trip to cashs on monday, I was going to buy a few angermans just to have in the jig bucket, but I want others opinions of them first,
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I have always seen angermans outfish other jigs. I don't know if its the action or more people using them. Now that Lavjigs have hit the market(sort of) I have used them with good success also. I think they will catch just as good as an angerman. I would always have some of each anyway.
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I've always been partial to Crippled Herring jigs, particularly on Georges Bank, when I'm on the HH/Angler. However, farther north (e.g., the Jefferies, Cashes, Platts), I prefer the Angermans, which seem to work better there. Don't ask me why ... I've asked myself that same question.

I've used Solvkrokens in both locations (Georges and farther north) with good success.

I still can't figure out why diamond jigs were working better than other jigs off of Block Island this past winter.

It looks like LavJigs may give Angermans a run for the money. They look the same, although LavJigs are finished better and have thicker wire running through them. Also, LavJigs are about half the price of Angermans.

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Thanks for the tip. I useally dress up my jigs with a blue or purple skirt, seems to have an affect. Where can I get some Lavjigs?
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Look at the NE cod fishing thread a few pages back - Dennis posted there as "Lavjigs". As far as jig choice goes, it's a personal preference thing, really. A 13oz silver Crippled Herring is my personal all-around favorite, especially so when fishing Stellwagen and anything south of it. Goliath also likes that jig best. A 99 is a close second favorite, but it doesn't hold bottom as well. The Lavjigs I've used were great at holding bottom, but I just wasn't catching a lot of fish on them. I'm sure it wasn't the jigs' fault, and I will keep fishing them on deep water GOM trips.
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Mike, I was late to accept the Angerman as an effective jig. I had it in my tackle bag for months and didn't go with it often. Lately, on the deep water trips farther north, I started using it with good success.

Tips: I don't know if this helps, but I polish the Angerman with scouring powder and steel wool and shine it up before I use it. Got that one from Willy, who seems to have the time to invent a lot of this stuff. Also, I use only Owner 5/0 trebles on the jig. You'd be surprised how many foul hooks you'll get - I'd say around 50 percent. And be sure to keep those Owners razor sharp! Finally, you can put a small piece of chamois cloth (or pork rind) soaked in bunker oil on the treble hook. That one comes from Codkiller.

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Personally I don't get too hung up on cod jig styles. The key is to be able to hold bottom. Heck I've often seen a plain old pipe jig out fish everything else.

Meirowitz: If you getting a lot of fish by fowl hooking doesn't that indicate that while they are coming to investigate the jig, they aren't eating it? That would not be cool when there are BIG cod around. You can get a skin hooked 10-15#'er into the boat, but not a steaker or cow. Is your experience with the Angerman's foul hook rate common?


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Dave, there's a lot to be said for what you're saying. Sometimes, anglers just feel more confident with a certain kind of jig - but that confidence often translates into a more aggressive fishing style that produces fish. Who can say? I think certain jigs work better than others, but I also think a cod (being dumber than dirt) will jump on just about anything.

I've also foul-hooked some pretty big cod and gotten them to the boat. Often, a foul-hook with an Owner treble results in more than one hook stuck in the fish, and Owner trebles seem to set pretty deep. And, yes, my experience with Angerman foul hooks is common.

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Old 07-07-2004, 12:35 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Meirowitz-
Yeah I saw willy doing that with the steel wool, he got that from Capt. Kenton from the bunny. I really like those owners, I saw them on willy's jigs, any where I can get them before monday? (cash's trip)
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The reason I favor the Crippled Herrings is that they get to the bottom faster and stay there longer than any other jig I've used. For some reason they even tend bottom better than a bank sinker of the same weight. I have also learned how to use them well thus increasing my overall catch. The downside is that they aren't all that durable and I have broken off the bottom eyelet on a bunch of them. On the 7/5/04 cashes trip I even pulled open the top eyelet after a few decent fish. That was a new one for me. Nonetheless, they are and will be the jig of choice unless something better comes along. If only some enterprising board member would create this jig with better hardware.
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