Our guide to types of fish caught on our trips and charters.

 


Facts Habitat Rigs Used Food Ideal Time of Year
Blue Shark Found between depths of 2/471m and prefers waters with a temperature range of 7–16 °C (45–61 °F) but will tolerate temperatures of 21 °C (70 °F) or above.
Both a coastal and offshore species, although known to come within the surf- line. Mostly a bottom and mid-water schooling shark that prefer the broken shale bottom to go in search of food.

Sliding lead rig with a big forged hook and hang on. Fish eater, squid are important prey for blue sharks, but their diet includes other invertebrates such as cuttlefish and pelagic octopuses, as well as lobster, shrimp, crab, a large number of bony fishes, small sharks, mammalian carrion and occasional sea birds. End of March through to the end of September
Porbeagle Found between depths of 2/1000m
Both a coastal and offshore species, although known to come within the surf- line. Mostly a bottom and mid-water schooling shark that prefer the broken shale bottom to go in search of food.

Sliding lead rig with a big forged hook and hang on. Preying mainly on bony fishes and cephalopods, the porbeagle is an opportunistic hunter that regularly moves up and down in the water column, catching prey in midwater as well as off the bottom. It is most commonly found over food-rich banks on the outer continental shelf, but does make occasional forays close to shore or into the open ocean, down to a depth of 1,360 m (4,460 ft). End of March through to the end of September
Tope Shark Found between depths of 2/471m
Both a coastal and offshore species, although known to come within the surf- line. Mostly a bottom and mid-water schooling shark that prefer the broken shale bottom to go in search of food.

Sliding lead rig with a big forged hook and hang on. Fish eater, mostly Whiting, Pout, and other schooling species, though occasionally crustaceans plus Squid and Cuttlefish Although more prolific during May to September they are another species that can be found year round.
Smooth Hound Found between depths of 2/471m
Both a coastal and offshore species, although known to come within the surf- line. Mostly a bottom and mid-water schooling shark that prefer the broken shale bottom to go in search of food.

Sliding lead rig with a big forged hook and hang on. Fish eater, mostly Whiting, Pout, and other schooling species, though occasionally crustaceans plus Squid and Cuttlefish Although more prolific during May to September they are another species that can be found year round.
Spurdog It has been caught from the surface to depth of up to 3000 feet when trawled. Its general habitat when shoaling is on sandy muddy bottoms.

Heavy rigs are required as they have sharp teeth use either heavy mono or a thin stranded wire. For the shore use a 1 hook rig and for boats use a boat casting rig on a uptide rod. On both boat and shore use a hole squid or Crab either peeler or hermit as this is the best attractant. If you are targeting other species use a mackerel flapper as these are sharks and will eat almost any thing. Although more prolific during May to September they are another species that can be found year round.
Bull Huss Mainly found over rough ground, rocks and broken ground. Simple sliding lead trace using heavy mono leader or wire trace. Feeds on Molluscs, Crustaceans, Fish and Cephalopods (Squid, Cuttlefish and Octopus). Bull Huss can be caught all year round as the types of food sought are generally plentiful, but the best time for a predator like this is between May and the end of September when food is more abundant.
Sea Bass Round cliffs, Rocky shores and surf very close in to shore. Feathers, spinners and some smaller baited bottom rigs. Young Whiting, Cod, Pollack and Sand-eel. End of March through to the end of September
Sea Bream Like other members of the cod family, pollack live on or near the bottom in areas of rocky substrates. They are found from shallow waters to depths as great as 600 feet, usually seen and caught around rocky areas and wrecks. Mostly feathers and baited feathers but lures can make a good fight. They are omnivorous, feeding on small fish and crustaceans, small encrusting animals and algae, and are usually seen and caught around rocky areas and wrecks End of March through to the end of September
Pollack Like other members of the cod family, pollack live on or near the bottom in areas of rocky substrates. They are found from shallow waters to depths as great as 600 feet, depending upon water temperatures and food availability. Mostly feathers and baited feathers but lures can make a good fight. Large pelagic crustaceans such as shrimp and small fish such as herring, sand lance, cod, haddock and hake End of March through to the end of September
Conger Eel Rocks; reefs, wrecks, coastline, harbour walls. Simple sliding trace rig with either 100lb mono or wire trace are usually the most successful, but the odd lucky angler has caught them on any well presented bottom rig. Fish, Crab, Squid, Cuttlefish but they are not that fussy and are opportunists that will take anything. Due to Congers living in the same place for all of their lives they can be caught most of the year round but are most voracious during the summer months when the waters are warmer and the bait fish are in with abundance.
Thorn Back Ray Sandy beds and banks at drop offs particularly and on broken small rocky ground. Sliding lead rigs, some larger well baited bottom rigs. Crabs, Prawns, Sand-eels and small flat fish. Early spring will see their introduction through to end of September.
Spotted Blonde Ray A lover of deeper water than the more common thornback favouring depths over 60ft and mainly found in water over 100ft deep. Although quoted as a common Northern European sea dweller . any bottom rig with a strong sharp hook with a big bait will attract them, generally though they don't need much encouragement for bait stealing so they are not targeted very much. Edible peeler crab can be excellent when fishing close to rocks, even shore peelers will take spotted ray, but not each and every time. Mackerel and squid, fished individually, are also a fair bait, but never compete with the sandeel when it comes to total fish caught March - August.
Turbot Around the UK coastline If actually targeting Doggies, any bottom rig with a strong sharp hook with a big bait will attract them, generally though they don't need much encouragement for bait stealing so they are not targeted very much. Natural foods: Prawns, crabs, small fish and pretty much anything else that they can catch, anglers will know that they love to attach themselves to the Conger bait just for frustration. All year round - No question.
Dab Around the UK coastline Any bottom rig with a strong sharp hook with a big bait will attract them, generally though they don't need much encouragement for bait stealing so they are not targeted very much. Natural foods: Prawns, crabs, small fish and pretty much anything else that they can catch.. All year round - No question.
Gurnard Sandy sea bed and flat rocky beds including reefs. A paternostor rig tends to work best with highly coloured and recently luminous beads for attractant, but they will be caught and to a good size on baited feather rigs. Smaller baits, Mackerel slices or Sand-eels or White-bait etc. Available most of the year but show more heavily May to September.
Atlantic Mackerel The Mackerel is native to both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. Most mackerel inhabit the inner half of the continental shelf with none straying beyond the shelf's outer edge. Although frequently found near the water's surface, they can also be found as far down as 600 feet

set of feathers is definitely more than enough rig to catch these beggars with every single drop in, they attack anything that moves. Young Mackerel feed on microscopic Copepods. As they grow, they feed on progressively larger prey. Adults will eat any fish smaller than themselves, feeding heavily upon small Herring, Sand Lance and young Mackerel. They also consume a variety of invertebrates such as Copepods, Crab larvae, Squid and Shrimp May-September
Cod Rocks; reefs, wrecks, coastline, harbour walls. Simple sliding trace rig with either 100lb mono or wire trace are usually the most successful, but the odd lucky angler has caught them on any well presented bottom rig Fish, Crab, Squid, Cuttlefish but they are not that fussy and are opportunists that will take anything. Late September on through the colder months to the back end of February and into very early March sometimes.
Dog Fish Around the UK coastline If actually targeting Doggies, any bottom rig with a strong sharp hook with a big bait will attract them, generally though they don't need much encouragement for bait stealing so they are not targeted very much. Natural foods: Prawns, crabs, small fish and pretty much anything else that they can catch, anglers will know that they love to attach themselves to the Conger bait just for frustration. All year round - No question.