How to Fish With Artificial Cocahoe Minnows

How to Fish With Artificial Cocahoe Minnows
The Cocahoe minnow is an excellent choice as bait for a variety of saltwater game fish, including striped bass and speckled trout. It is also a good lure for largemouth bass in brackish waters. Also known as the bull minnow, the Cocahoe is typically found near shore lines in thick vegetation. As an alternative to line minnows, many anglers choose to use artificial Cocahoe minnows with great results. Fishing with artificial Cocahoe minnows allows for a range of rigging options that may be fined-tuned to meet conditions and the angler's preference.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 3- to 4-inch Cocahoe artificial minnow
  • 1/4- to 1-oz. jig head hook
  • 8-foot medium heavy spinning rod with matched reel
  • 10- to 12-lb. test monofilament line
  • Barrel swivel
  • 20-lb. test monofilament line
Step 1
Attach a barrel swivel to the free, or tag, end of the main monofilament fishing line with an improved clinch knot. Tie the knot by passing 5 to 6 inches of line through the eye of the barrel swivel. Wrap the tag end of the line around the main line six or seven times, turn the tag end down and pass it through the small loop formed above the eye. Pull the line through and then pass the tag end through the larger loop formed along side the knot. Moisten the knot and pull down tightly.
Step 2
Cut a length of line 18 to 24 inches long from a spool of 20-lb. test monofilament. Use a pair of scissors to cut the line that will be used as a leader. Attach the leader to the opposite end of the barrel swivel from where the main line is attached. Use an improved clinch knot to secure the leader to the swivel.
Step 3
Attach a 1/4- to 1-oz. round jig head hook to the free end of the leader. Once again, use an improved clinch knot to secure the jig head to the leader line.
Step 4
Place an artificial Cocahoe minnow on the jig head hook. Insert the point of the hook through the nose of the bait and through the center of the body for about 1 inch or so. Turn the point up and push the hook out the top of the bait. Slide the bait forward on the hook so that the nose is against the jig head.
Step 5
Cast the rig into the surf or brackish water and allow it to settle to work with the current and settle to the bottom. Jig the artificial Cocahoe along the bottom, using a slow retrieve and slightly lifting the rod tip.
Step 6
Maintain a tight line during the retrieve. Pay attention to small changes in line resistance as the bait may be scooped up rather than aggressively struck. Set the hook and retrieve the fish with a steady reeling motion that prevents slack from occurring in the line.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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