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Bringing the Mojo Magic to Cape Cod

Phil Howarth

The concept of the Mojo rig has been around for a long time, and Mojos have been fished extensively from Chesapeake up to New Jersey.

I feel Mojos are going to be a big hit on the Cape this summer. They have proven to be deadly for catching big stripers, because Mojos mimic the large bait fish which jumbo bass find irresistible.

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What Is A Mojo?


The Mojo itself can be described as a giant bucktail jig with a reverse parachute skirt which bows out over a rigged rubber shad lure to help give it a bigger profile. It is rigged with either single or tandem hooks and trolled at slow speeds (2-4kts) in a similar style to the well known tube and worm technique.

The rigs themselves are often fished in tandem style with a three way swivel deployed above the heavier jig to which a second lighter jig is tied.

Multiple rigs can be deployed in a spread, and boats which have perfected the art of the Mojo will often deploy 10-20 lines at a time!

The weights of the Mojo rigs differ depending on the depth you are fishing over. It is imperative that the bottom jig is trolled just above the bottom, without bumping into the bottom.

Typical weights and depths for tandem rigs are as follows:

  • In less than 25 feet of water, use an 8oz to 12oz Mojo on the bottom, with 4oz to 6oz Mojo above 
  • In 25 to 50 feet of water, use a 16oz Mojo on the bottom, with an 8oz Mojo above 
  • In 50 to 75 feet of water, use a 24oz to 32oz Mojo on the bottom, with a 12oz Mojo above

Whilst the weights above look heavy, they enable you to use braid rather than leadcore or wire, as well as creating much less drag than say an umbrella rig - which ironically means you can fish Mojos with lighter rods and reels!

The Gear


Fishing the Mojo is normally done with conventional rods and reels. The Ande TSU range of rods do well, as well as the Tsunami TSTSU 6030 and the Tsunami Sapphire TSSAT 661 20- 40. These are all great options for Mojo trolling rods.

From a reel’s perspective, you need to be able to handle braid and have good cranking power to get heavy Mojo rigs to the boat quickly. The Tsunami Forged 12 is a fantastic option, with the Penn Fathom, Maxel 10 and Shimano Tekota 600 being great alternatives.

Line wise, you definitely want to fish braid, whether it be Power Pro or J Braid, in the 60–80lb test class.  Leaders are typically made up of 80lb mono but fluorocarbon will work too.

The Goose Hummock has teamed up with JoeBaggs Tackle to develop a Mojo range specifically for the waters around the Cape. These Mojos will come in single and tandem rigs, with single hooks, which we believe will cause less harm to the bass.

We are currently stocked with JoeBaggs Mojos, just in time for the run of summertime big fish in Cape Cod Bay and around the Outer Cape. We have Mojos in white, chartreuse and green mac colors.

Setting Out The Spread

The JoeBaggs Mojo is new for 2018 and is available at the Goose Hummock Shops.

You need to get your Mojo rigs fishing near the bottom, as that’s where the larger bass will be waiting. To do this, first get the boat running at 2-4Kts and let your Mojo rig down until you feel it bump the bottom, then lock the drag there and wait 10 to 15 seconds as the rig will slowly come up in the water as it starts to get trolled along. Then let more line out, again until you feel it bump the bottom. At this point set the reel to ‘strike’, either holding the rod or if running multiple rigs put the rod in one of the holders. 

Note the depth of where you first deployed the Mojo so you can make adjustments to the running depth as you troll over shallower or deeper water.  It’s fine if your Mojo bumps the bottom every so often, but you don’t want it to drag along all the time. 

The Mojo is designed to be fished with multiple lures in the water.  As previously stated, some boats are trolling up to 20 rods, which is a fine art and one that takes an awful lot of practice to perfect.

In the waters around Cape Cod, considering the number of boats and lobster pots which you will will encounter, running 4-6 rods should be plenty enough. This will help you avoid tangles and give you the flexibility to move spots at short notice. Plus it'll be easier to clear your gear when you have the fish of a lifetime on the line. Remember, no matter where you are fishing, only use as many rods as you and your crew can handle. 

When running multiple rods, set the heaviest Mojo rigs close to the boat, in the corners and tight to the bottom. The lighter Mojos can be run behind the heavier ones, still close to the bottom, with the lightest Mojos set right down the middle. The middle rig can be fished higher in the water. When you slow the boat down to fight a fish on the deeper rods, keep a close eye on the center rod as the sinking action of that middle rig mimics an injured bait fish which will often get hit as it falls.

In Conclusion


The traditional colors for Mojo rigs tend to be chartreuse and white. Pink is an alternate and we believe the green mackerel pattern will do well this season, considering how prolific mackerel have been the last few years around the Cape. It is important to have different color options for the shad itself as well as plenty of spares.  

Bluefish will also hit this rig, and they will often ruin the action by chomping off the tail of the shad. Even big stripers will in time beat up the shad, so just make sure you have some spares onboard.

The Mojo is not designed to replace the Cape Cod staples of wire line, lead core, vertical jigging and umbrella rigs. However, the Mojo is a proven large striped bass catcher that has been well tested in southern waters and should be used as part of your arsenal to help you catch the fish of a lifetime. 

Tight Lines! 

Captain Phil

What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below.

Phil and his wife Jan first fell in love with Cape Cod when they visited the Cape for their honeymoon more than 20 years ago. In 2013 they became proud co-owners of the Goose Hummock Shops in Orleans and Dennis, and have been full-time Cape residents ever since. Phil enjoys all types of fishing, from surfcasting for stripers, to fishing the canyons for yellowfin tuna.

  1. Great article! I had never heard of this setup, will definitely try this out in Cape Cod Bay this summer!!

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    1. Awesome Larry!

      Let us know how you do 👍🏻

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