The Knowl­edge

The spot­light falls on coal­fish.

Sea Angler (UK) - - CONTENTS - Words and pho­tog­ra­phy by Dave Lewis

Coal­fish are widely dis­trib­uted through­out the North At­lantic, their range ex­tend­ing across to the east­ern seaboard of Amer­ica where, con­fus­ingly, coal­fish are called pollack. They feed mostly on small fish and sandeels, but will also for­age on the seabed.

Oc­ca­sion­ally con­fused with pollack, coal­fish have a sym­met­ri­cal jaw, whereas the lower jaw of the pollack pro­trudes. The lat­eral line of a coal­fish is a dis­tinct, straight white line, whereas there is a dis­tinct curve above the pec­toral fin on a pollack.

The colour of coal­fish (Pol­lachius virens) ranges from a green­ish brown, typ­i­cal with small fish, to a stun­ning slate black dis­played on the larger fish.

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