Whiting

Whiting is another member of the cod family. The upper part of the whiting’s slender body is a dark greenish colour, turning lighter and finishing in a white belly.   A dark lateral line divides the top and bottom half of the body and is usually a darkish brown colour. Whiting tend to feed from the mid to bottom areas in depths varying from 40 to 400ft. Whiting can be caught on a variety of baits with mackerel and squid amongst firm favourites.   Please share:

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Grey Gurnard

The grey gurnard is a small bodied gurnard with a sharp pointed snout. The upper part of the body is a grey brown colour changing white to the underside. Like all other gurnards it has a large head covered by protective bony plates. Adult fish are usually around 30cm long but often the large individuals can grow up to 45cm. The scales along the lateral line are sharp. The grey gurnard is usually found on muddy or sandy areas, though some of our larger specimens come off the rock and mussel bed grounds to the NW of Holyhead. Depths very, […]

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Ray Spotted

Spotted rays have are light brown in colour. They are covered in small dark spots, that run within 3cm of the ing edges. They are sometimes confused with Blonde rays who have spots all the way to the wing edges. Often the spotted ray has a large pale spot on each wing, that has one small dark spot within and surrounded by larger dark spots.Small closely packed spines run down it;s back to the tail. Spotted rays can be found over roughish ground in depths up to 140m. Many are taken around the Holyhead bay area especially when fishing on […]

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Cod

The cod is possibly the most recognisable fish in our waters. With 3 dorsal fins and 2 anal fins, the cod is also identifiable from the family trait of a barbel coming from the lower jaw. The upper jaw on a cod protrudes well beyond the lower jaw. The cod has a distinct mottled effect on it’s upper side and despite having an upper side that is  mainly light brown in appearance, can also show a deep reddish colouring and also a with very dark brown depending on the ground it inhabits. The cod has a very distinct lateral line […]

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Wrasse Corkwing

The corkwing wrasse has a thick body, small eyes and a large mouth. It is classed as a mini specie with weights never exceeding 1lb. The most distinctive feature of the Corkwing is that it has a serrated gill cover. Varying in colour although normally green and brown with a lighter underside. The male corkwing wrasse often exhibit a blue tinge to the head. The are found regular in very rocky areas and kelp covered areas. Where ballans and cuckoo can be found in most rock strewn areas, my experience has more corkwing found in areas with low tidal strength. […]

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Black Bream

The Black Bream has a very flat and long body. It is covered in large scales all the way to its head and has 1 single long dorsal fin. The Black Bream has a small head, with a small mouth full of sharp pointed teeth. The topside of the body is dark grey black with a blue tinge that runs silver in appearance towards the underside Black Bream are the most common of it’s family in UK waters. They feed on a variety of of bottom dwelling creatures, however UK anglers use mainly mackerel, squid  and ragworm to tempt this […]

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Wrasse Goldsinney

The Goldsinny is a small wrasse with small pointed head and long body. It has a fairly large mouth for it’s head size. Similar to other wrasse it has big fleshy lips, and two rows of small teeth, with the strongest at the front. The Goldsinny is a small member of the wrasse family with sizes rarely exceeding 8oz. This wrasse is a light golden brown colour, that turns a whitish colour on the wrasses underside. The Goldsinny has a very distinctive black spot on it’s back just at the base of the tail fin. It also has another less […]

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