Pollack to all intents and purposes can be considered to be very similar in
sporting terms with the Coalfish have the edge in fighting ability. They both
can be captured over wrecks and reefs both inshore and offshore with the Pollack
being more common in terms of numbers.
Our picture shows a fine wreck caught Coalfish of about 20 lbs. As seen in the
picture, the Coalfish can be distinguished easily by the white lateral line
which runs the length of its body.
Coalfish are found in the Atlantic, the Bay of Biscay, around much of
Britain, the North Sea, Iceland and Greenland.
Around reefs small fish of 6 to 8lbs are common. On the deep water wrecks
and offshore structures fish in the 20lb size are common. The British
Road Caught Record is 37lbs 5ozs caught in 1986 by D Brown south of the
Eddystone Light on a wreck.
Coalfish are one of the best fighting fish size for size. They are also one of
the most handsome looking fish with that glistening white lateral line on their
black body. This feature can be seen in our photograph. Around reefs small fish
of 6 to 8lbs are common. On the deep water wrecks and offshore structures fish
in the 20lb size are common.
The method of catching Coalfish is similar to that for Pollack and therefore
the same baits and techniques are employed. They always seem to be more
susceptible to a fast moving perk and it is my favourite method of catching
WRECK FISHINGThe coalfish are often seen during the winter months clouding the screen of
your echo sounder as they shoal over the wrecks just up tide. Coalfish are
however different in the shoaling habits over wrecks. Quiet often they will be
distinguished as echo marks very high up in the water over the main body of the
Fishing for them,
you can use the same rod, reel and end tackle as that for pollack. However my
preferred method of catching Coalfish is using a light stand up stick type class
rod of 15 to 30lb equipped with a PENN 4.0 High Speed Reel and a Norwegian
Type Perk 8 to 12oz. This is dropped at speed and retrieved at speed. It can be
tiring but the rewards are good if the fish are the there. These Perks can now
be obtained at reasonable price from www.fishtek.co.uk
Reef fishing for
Coalfish is identical to that of Pollack using the same light tackle. A
lightweight spinning rod combined with a small multiplier with 10 to 20lb line
is the way to go. The end rig can be a fine wire boom, one to six ounces of lead
as a weight depending on the tide or wind strength and a trace of at least 20
feet. Reef fish usually average no larger than 10 lbs.