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hi guys
just thinking of the fish I have caught in the more or less center of our city.
some fish I can understand,i.e mullet, flounder bass freshwater ell,sea trout
I have seen Salmon passing up river.Now here's my question.How is it the same
stretch of river I'm talking about can be one of the best cod fishing spots I know?
IS it there is a high salt content or is the cod like the bass can adjust to fresh-salt water?
I guess the first real saltwater is maybe 4-5 miles out side the city. ANY IDEAS?
 

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I think I found the answer?
Cod will move up if water is salty enough.
Generally the sea water comes in with the tide UNDERNEATH the fresh water.
Cod can then move along the bed of the river. ;)
 

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Alan o' Neill said:
I think I found the answer?
Cod will move up if water is salty enough.
Generally the sea water comes in with the tide UNDERNEATH the fresh water.
Cod can then move along the bed of the river. ;)
Alan,

I did try and search a bit but came up with nothing worth noting, it seems strange why flounder, bass, mullet ect freely enter rivers and cod seem not to. :!:
 

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We get cod 7 or 8 miles up the Tyne. I've had a 3 pounder a few hundred yards from the Tyne bridge. There was a 25 pound cod caught 5 miles up river last winter.

Personally I don't like fishing up river though. Doesn't feel like proper fishing on a footpath with railings or sat in your car watching your rod tip. Much prefer standing out on the rocks in the middle of nowhere.
 

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Jim H told me one time he had codling on the fly,so why not the lure as well.
river fishing might not necessarily mean big rods and baits.
cod, like bass can be caught very close to bank or shore.Cod along with others will be my aim this year,
lure and hopefully the fly as well ( no harm in dream'n).
 

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One of our forum member TonyG had a nice cod one day whilst walking along the shoreline in Suffolk I think, he was chucking out a sidewinder on his dragon express and hooked a 4lb'er!! To the total disbelief of some anglers nearby that were casting worms etc out a hundred yards or more with big beach rods. Classic.
 

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Before I could see no sense in spinning.I was bait fishing mad!
Now all i can think about is fishing more or less the same places after
the same fish But with ultra light gear.I now fly fish and have a Smith rod
very like the injection.So sea ,river, lake or pond I'm going to try and catch it!
NO more big rods for me.
 

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Alan o' Neill said:
Before I could see no sense in spinning.I was bait fishing mad!
Now all i can think about is fishing more or less the same places after
the same fish But with ultra light gear.I now fly fish and have a Smith rod
very like the injection.So sea ,river, lake or pond I'm going to try and catch it!
NO more big rods for me.

Can you tell us a bit about your Smith - is it a blowshot?
 

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no probs. Smith ltd .BayLinea Boron Baf. 7foot 6 10-50g lure 10-20lb line.
my opinion,no heavier than 20g lure with 12lb braid.
Great little rod for soft plastics!
 
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