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The Pollack

Pollack are widely distributed round the UK coastline. They can be caught from the shore from rocky areas such as in the West Country, Wales and round much of the Scottish coast. These fish are generally small fish from a few inches long up to 7lb or 8lbs. Most of the bigger fish running into double figures come from wrecks in deep water.


The pollack is a member of the cod family having three dorsal fins and two anal fins. They are brown on the back with olive to gold flanks with a noticeable protruding lower jaw. This lower jaw is used when the pollack swim up from below their prey, which is usually sand eels, sprats, or small mackerel.  Best method for catching them is with a small artificial eel. They will follow lures some way off the bottom before grabbing hold and crash diving back to the bottom, making then an exciting fish to catch.


*Please note they are a pollack and not a pollock as they so often referred to.

Fact File

Latin Name: Pollachius pollachius


Distribution: All aoround the coast of the UK - either on wrecks in deep water or on rock and pier marks around the coast


Habitat:  Rocky reefs, piers, harbours, sunken wrecks


Size:  Average up to 1m


Season: Caught all year round


Staple food: Predaory member of the Cod family east fish and other pelagic marine animals


Angling tactics: Usually caught using Sidewinders, lures and redgills. Shore caught fish can be caught on a variety of bait including fish and lugworm


Bait Mainly articficial lures


British Record:

Boat caught; 29lbs 4ozs from Kent

Shore caught; 18lb 4ozs from Dorset



Caught on rocky reefs, wrecks and rocky shofrelines. Harbours and piers as well



The Pollack without Pollack - June 2015