Q: I want to catch my first cod from Dungeness beach in Kent, so what is the best set-up for livebaiting a whiting?
Tom English, RyE, EasT sussEx
PF says: Every winter, hoards of shore anglers descend on to Dungeness hoping to catch a large cod. The method you want to try is used here and, on occasions, it’s extremely successful. generally, a Pennell rig is all you need with a size 2 hook and a larger 6/0 version above it.
load a lugworm or piece of fish (such as mackerel or squid) on to the smaller hook and, hopefully, a smaller whiting will come along and hook itself. Then it’s a waiting game to see if a cod will appear and engulf the whiting, along with the larger hook. often it’s best to fish with two rods and use the livebaiting rod as a ‘sleeper’.
on the other rod, try fishing a Pennell rig with two large hooks filled with lugworms and cuttlefish, as this too can bring success. Fishing during or just after a south-westerly blow is regarded as the best time at Dungeness when targeting cod, but as it’s a popular venue, so be prepared to find a space in the crowd.