Ray Thornback

The Thornback ray is another short snouted ray with sharp disc wing tips forming approximately right angles. The ray takes it’s name from the numerous large spines over it’s back and often also on its underside. The spines run down the length of the tail, thus they should be handled with extra care. The Thornback is generally a very dark brown colour with a small covering of large cream coloured blotches. The underside of this ray is again white. The Thornback can be found on all manner of sea beds from hard rock covered ground to soft sand and mud. […]

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Starry Smoothhound

Smoothhound have a grey upper body and white underside. Mustelus asterias takes it name from the many white spots that are found on the upper part of its body, and the common smoothhound, Mustelus mustelus having none. The starry smoothhound is ovoviviparous (Method of animal reproduction in which fertilized eggs develop within the female and the embryo gains no nutritional substances from the female) with a gestation period of up to12 months. Recorded litters for starry smoothhound have ranged between 10 and 35pups. Smoothhound are found in mainly shallow waters however they have been recorded at depths of up to […]

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Pollack

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 its lower jaw protrudes a lot further than the upper jaw. Pollack prefer rock and weed covered ground. The bigger specimens frequenting the many sunken wrecks in deep seas. There are man y different methods for fishing for Pollack. Methods vary depending on port and also on […]

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Ray Blonde

Blonde rays are light brown in colour. They are covered in small dark spots that extend all the way to the edge of the body. Often has larger lighter spots/rings on the wings. The blonde has a small snout, with rounded wing tips. The adults are covered in small spines, however the juvenile ray tends to be a lot smoother. Starting at the middle of its back., the ray has spines that run down its tail. They can be found in depths up to 100m. Blonde rays are located over a variety of grounds from sand to rock. Often the […]

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Bull Huss

The upper side of the body tends to be a dark colour, however can sometimes be sandy brown in appearance depending on the ground being fished. The Bull huss is covered in many small and large black spots. It has two very distinctive nasal flaps and grow to weights in excess of 20lb. The bull huss feeds on a variety of species, locally whiting, mackerel and codling will see numerous caught. Bull huss are caught over through out our fishing grounds from 20ft of water to 250ft. To target the huss a simple running ledger rig, of 60lb to 100lb […]

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Red Gurnard

The Red Gurnard is a small bodied gurnard with a sharp pointed snout. The Red has a large head and long slender body. It is one of the smallest of the European Gurnard family. The lower three rays of the pectoral fins are separate, finger-like rays that contain sensory organs, that the gurnard uses to feel for food in sand and sediment. The Red Gurnard has a very bright red upper side colouring, changing slightly pink, to white at the underside. The Red Gurnard is wide spread though out the UK with many north Wales ports catching a fair amount, […]

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Conger Eel

With a long sleek, scale less body, an upper jaw extending beyond it’s lower, there is not much to mistake a conger eel with. The colour of a conger can vary slightly depending on the ground it inhabits, but tends to be from a light to a dark grey/black appearance. The dorsal fin on a conger starts at the pectoral fins, and runs the length of its body. The British record for a conger eel is in excess of 130lb, although there have been commercially caught eels recorded over 250lb. The congers tend to inhabit very rough and rocky areas. […]

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Leopard Spotted Goby

The Leopard Spotted Goby is a member of a group of fish that are very hard to distinguish from each other. The Leopard is by far the easiest to identify with orange/red spots standing out distinctly from other species of gobies. They are found in very rocky and kelp strewn areas. They feed on all manner of small offerings – worms, mackerel and pieces of crab. Best tactics for catching are small hooks, such as size 14, with finely cut pieces of bait. Please share:

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