Your Fish­ing

Boat and shore an­glers around the coun­try reaped the re­wards of su­perb cod fish­ing dur­ing Jan­uary

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A stun­ning 27lb 8oz shore-caught cod fell to Mine­head an­gler Ge­orge Stavrakopou­los on Jan­uary 11 dur­ing the ebb tide in the town’s har­bour.

By bait­ing with whole squid, Ge­orge, 31, has al­ready ac­counted for sev­eral dou­ble-fig­ure cod this year from the shore and boat. This fish took a lug and rag cock­tail tipped off with three squid on an up-and-over rig with size 3/0 Vari­vas hooks.

“I did at­tempt to re­turn the fish, but it would not go and kept float­ing, so I ended up keep­ing it,” said Ge­orge, below, who usu­ally re­turns big fish.

Ge­orge’s friend Craig But­ler said: “It's been an ex­cep­tional year for Bristol Chan­nel cod, with the Mine­head area just fan­tas­tic, and only yes­ter­day morn­ing I had one 9lb 11oz. Big squid and lug baits are the key to cod this year.”

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