WHERE & WHEN

Sea Angler (UK) - - BOAT ANGLER | SPECIES -

The vast ma­jor­ity of ma­ture coal­fish are caught from deep-water reefs or wrecks, though size­able fish are oc­ca­sion­ally caught over rel­a­tively fea­ture­less ground. In many ar­eas, such as Scot­land and the north-east coast of Eng­land, many small coal­fish, typ­i­cally fish be­low 2lb, are caught by an­glers fish­ing piers, break­wa­ters, open beaches and within the lower lim­its of some estuaries.

Boats fish­ing out of ports in Corn­wall have a long as­so­ci­a­tion with spec­i­men coal­fish as the species used to be com­mon through­out much of the south-west and west­ern coasts of the UK and Ire­land, but they are much scarcer to­day, es­pe­cially fish weigh­ing more than 10lb.

Big coal­fish are still abun­dant through­out the Orkney and Shet­land Is­lands, which is where most of the re­ally big fish are caught in Bri­tish wa­ters.

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