Pollack or Coalfish

Every now and then you see confusion on social media between pollack & coalfish. The smaller specimens in particular are sometimes confused when their colours are similar.  Pollack and Coalfish prefer rock and weed covered ground. The bigger specimens frequenting the many sunken wrecks in deep seas. Pollack is another member of the cod family and is a much sought after fish by anglers fishing for the family food table. Pollack tend to be a dark brown/green colour with a white belly. Their colour though does vary slightly with local habitat. The pollack has no barbel on its chin, and […]

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Ling

Ling is a member of the much sought after cod family. The body is eel like in that it is very long and slender. Ling tend to be a very light brown in colour with a white under side. The ling has 2 dorsal and 1 anal fin. The upper jaw of a ling protrudes slightly further than its lower jaw. Adult ling can be found in depths up to 400m. They prefer areas of rocky ground, small ling can often be found in shallow rocky waters. Ling are viscous feeders and will feed on most fish species but are […]

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2012 – angler fish for My Way

An angler fish is normally found in cold deep waters, unlike this one caught back in 2012 caught during a drift in 50ft of water under the rocks 😉 .Guessing the chances of ever seeing another one are pretty slim! On a mixed day of General Fishing, breaking the day up between anchor and drifting, up to 20 species of fish can be caught; ranging from mini species of a few oz in weight to some great double figure specimen tope For more on General Fishing aboard My Way, click here

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Huss Fishing 2016

Huss fishing can offer some good sport close inshore, often a guarentee of something double figure on all tides. The bull huss feeds on a variety of species, locally whiting, mackerel and codling will see numerous caught. Bull huss are caught through out our fishing grounds from 20ft of water to 250ft. Here’s a small selection of huss from this year ….

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Tope

Tope is the most abundant large shark native to the British Isles. They generally have a light grey top and white belly area; however some tope have been caught with a dark topside. Tope are live bearing with a normal litter size of between 6 and 30pups, usually around the 20 mark. The Welsh Record of 79lb, was caught & released aboard My Way in Aug 2005 Tope are found through out the UK, with certain areas having a greater concentration than others. The fish move inshore during the spring and summer months chasing the shoals of mackerel and herring […]

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Spurdog

The upper body of a spurdog is usually grey or a dark charcoal colour. It is covered in small white spots, it’s under-side is white. A spur is also referred to as a spiney dog, the most noticeable feature being a protruding spine at the front of each of the 2 dorsal fins. The spurdog is a slow growing shark. The females are live bearing and carry the pups for over 18months. Litter sizes vary but can be up to 20. They can be found in depths well over 500m and feed from the mid to bottom layers. This specie […]

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Fish Identification – Dogfish & Bull Huss

Dog Fish & Bull Huss Small huss are often misidentified as dogfish. Both species are very similar in appearance, however the bull huss grows over 5 times the size of it’s smaller family member the dogfish. Lesser Spotted Dogfish (Small Spotted Catshark) – Scientific Name: Scyliorhinus canicula Greater Spotted Dogfish (Bull Huss – Nurse Hound) – Scientific Name: Scyliorhinus stellaris The upper side of the body on both species is usually light brown covered with darker spots, with a white underside. Both lesser and greater spotted dogfish can appear much lighter or darker depending on habitat. The spots on the […]

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Wrasse Cuckoo

The cuckoo wrasse is long and slender in comparison to the ballan. it has one long dorsal fin. Mature males tend to be striking blue and reddish orange in colour. Their heads tend to be a very bright blue colour. The fins on a male cuckoo wrasse also have a blue edge to them. During mating season the brightness of the head decreases and exhibit white flashes. Female cuckoo wrasse and immature males, tend to be a pinkish colour. They have 3 dark blotches on the base of the dorsal fin. They feed predominantly on crab, mussel, shrimp and worm. […]

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Fish Identification – Poor Cod & Pouting

Poor Cod & Pouting In most fishing matches, the poor cod and pouting are classed as the same to ease identification, for example both may be worth only 1 point. However for a species hunting competition, it is important that correct identifcaiton takes place. Poor cod and immature pouting often create heated debate on online forums and social media. Above, the poor cod is at the top & pouting the bottom. Both fish are fairly easy to tell apart with the pelvic fins being a great identifier The pelvic fin of the Poor Cod, above, reaches to the anal vent […]

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Dab

The dab is brown on its topside and white underneath. The top of the dab is rough to touch when running your finger towards the head and smooth in the opposite direction. The lateral line has a strong curve from the head around the pectoral fin. Dabs are found mainly in shallow sandy areas, however can often be located over broken ground. They eat a variety of things including small crabs and fish. Dabs can be caught regular around the waters from Holyhead. Best methods are simply scratch rigs where the hooks are presented hard on the sea bed. Hooks […]

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