Pound for pound, pollack are one of the hardest-fighting fish caught off our coastline, especially when taken on light tackle. Traditionally, pollack were not widely regarded as a food source, their white flesh lacks the flavour of similar species, but in recent years, thanks to the efforts of TV chefs, pollack has widely replaced cod and haddock. Not surprisingly, this has resulted in increased commercial fishing for the species.
Depending on location, the average size of pollack caught offshore is probably between 4-8lb, but in many areas, double-figure specimens are regularly caught, often on a daily basis. This is especially so during the first few months of the year when large aggregations of mature fish converge over offshore wrecks and reefs to spawn. At such times, it is possible to catch fish over 15lb.
Boat record: 29lb 4oz/13.267kg, caught in 1987 at Dungeness, Kent.