Cod (Codfish, Piker, Scrod, Scrode, Rock Cod, Rockling, Red Cod, Shoal-Water Cod, Shore Cod, Inshore Cod, WormCod, Clam-Cod, Black Snapper, Black Biter, Brown Cod, Groundkeeper, Ground Tender, Grouper, Bank Cod, School Cod, Deep-Water Cod, Herring Fish, Herring Cod, Squid School Cod, Pasture School Cod, Shad School Cod, George's Fish, George's Cod, Pine-Tree Cod, Night Cod, etc.): A voracious fish, living in water from 25 to 50 fathoms deep. Caught near the bottom with clam and skimmer bait in the open ocean in the day, and in the surf at night, on any tide from October to early April. It usually measures about 3 feet in length and weighs from 12 to 20 pounds, but many have been taken weighing up to 100 pounds, and a few catches of 150 pounds are recorded. Found in the North Atlantic, North Pacific and polar oceans. Common near New York. Tackle: A stiff casting-rod, a strong linen line, a multiplying reel, and a Kirby or Limerick 7/0 hook, close to a heavy swivel sinker.
Randall, Wainwright. The Angler's Guide: a Manual for Campers and Anglers. New York: Field and Stream Pub., 1909. Print.
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