Coalfish aka Saithe aka Black Pollock

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Coalfish aka Saithe aka Black Pollock

Post by TimOH » Sun Aug 20, 2017 11:48 pm

So, what is the Coalfish? Well, many people mistake them for a Pollock as they can grow to similar size so rather than copy information from elsewhere I'll link it below.

Sea Angling Ireland - Boat & Shore Tactics, Irish Record and Specimen sizes http://www.sea-angling-ireland.org/fish ... alfish.htm
More information on the status, distribution, rigs and techniques. http://britishseafishing.co.uk/coalfish/
The scientific bit from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollachius_virens

So what's the difference between a Pollock and a Coalfish? Here's an easy way to tell them apart, the Coalfish has a straight lateral line while the Pollock is curved.
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Coalfish v Pollock
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Now, the lateral line on the Pollock has a very pronounced curve relative to the Coalfish. The colour of the Coalfish is not consistent, depending on age and environment, so watch the lateral line.

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Re: Coalfish aka Saithe aka Black Pollock

Post by Andrew McGarvey » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:01 pm

The Coalie round Ardglass tend to have a green tinge to them
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And no matter what I do the photo posts upside down :lol: :lol:
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Re: Coalfish aka Saithe aka Black Pollock

Post by TimOH » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:37 pm

Andrew McGarvey wrote:
Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:01 pm
And no matter what I do the photo posts upside down :lol: :lol:
This one? :lol: I've found the smaller ones tend to be greenish or grey but sue cod can be red/orange too.
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Safety:
Gloves, boots, hat, Drysuit
Solas Tape, 100L flotation in hull
Paddle leashed, spare, tow rope
PFD, knife, whistle, VHF, PLB, phone
First Aid Kit, GPS, compass
Water, Food, Check Forecast Tide.
Text wife when launching/landing

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Re: Coalfish aka Saithe aka Black Pollock

Post by Andrew McGarvey » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:24 pm

:lol: Thanks Tim
My safety kit- PFD, dry suit, thermal layers, VHF, GPS, phone, safety sheath knife on PFD, all round white nav light for dark evenings, visibility flag, tell the wife when and where I'm launching

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Re: Coalfish aka Saithe aka Black Pollock

Post by Brian McCall » Thu Jan 10, 2019 3:32 pm

Are you from the upside down? How's Eleven keeping
My safety- Drysuit,Pfd,underlayers,paddle leash,safety knife attached to pfd,compass, whistle,floating vhf also attached to my pfd,mobile phone in sealed bag,reflective strips on kayak,I have an app called isa safetrx,water and bar in my pfd pocket.

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